Lions claim RB J.D. McKissic off waivers, cut TE Logan Thomas

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
J.D. McKissic

Allen Park — The Detroit Lions have a new running back. 

A day after establishing the team's initial 53-man roster, the Lions claimed J.D. McKissic off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. To clear room on the roster, the team released tight end Logan Thomas.

Undrafted out of Arkansas State in 2016, McKissic spent his rookie year with the Atlanta Falcons before catching on with the Seahawks, where he's been the past two seasons. 

Limited to five games due to a foot injury in 2018, McKissic played just nine offensive snaps.

In 2017, playing for current Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder had a versatile role in Seattle's offense, carrying the ball 46 times and catching 34 passes. 

McKissic also contributes on multiple special teams units and has handled return duties in the past.  

His addition gives the Lions a fifth option in the backfield, joining Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson, rookie Ty Johnson and fullback Nick Bawden. 

The release of Thomas comes as a bit of a surprise and leaves the Lions with just two tight ends on the active roster, Jesse James and first-round draft pick T.J. Hockenson. 

Washington finds new home

More than 1,000 players were cut this weekend, with the majority of them hitting waivers, yet only 36 were claimed before Sunday's noon deadline. Along with Detroit landing McKissic, one former Lions player found a new home. 

The Arizona Cardinals, who held the No. 1 waiver claim after finishing the 2018 season with the NFL's worst record, added safety Charles Washington. 

Undrafted out of Fresno State in 2016, Washington had spent his entire pro career with the Lions, developing into one of the team's best special teams players the past two years.