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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 208
College: Georgia Southern
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ESPN 1500 Twin Cities says Jerick McKinnon "should definitely be more of a factor starting Sunday."
Anyone who has seen Matt Asiata stagger his way to a career 3.56 YPC knows this should be the case. The question is if the Vikings see it. Perhaps now that the coaches have a full week of preparation without Adrian Peterson, they'll install the freaky McKinnon as a major part of the gameplan. He's not startable yet in fantasy, but he's a must hold. If the Vikings want to move the football on the ground, McKinnon is their best bet. Sep 18 - 10:34 AM

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Jerick McKinnon played on 21-of-66 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Although McKinnon only received four touches, he actually got a significant amount of run. Perhaps the Vikings will make him a bigger part of the running game after watching Matt Asiata plod his way to 36 yards on 13 carries. McKinnon remains a stash as we wait for more Adrian Peterson fallout.
Sep 15 - 9:58 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for seven yards and added two catches for five yards against the Patriots Week 2.

McKinnon's first carry did not come until three minutes into the second quarter, and he was clearly behind Asiata all game. Asiata only managed 2.8 yards-per-carry, though, as the Vikings offense struggled mightily. With Adrian Peterson likely out an extended time, Minnesota would be wise to see what they have in athletic rookie McKinnon.
Sep 14 - 4:56 PM

Jerick McKinnon's SPARQ score of 147.5 was one of the top scores among all running backs over the last 16 years.

As you can read in the Zach Whitman column linked below, SPARQ is a metric developed by Nike to apply a single composite score to a player's athleticism. An elite NFL athlete is around 140 and the 150+ range is reserved for the Calvin Johnson types. The point is that although McKinnon is very raw as he comes out of Georgia Southern and has very little pass pro experience, he's a freak. "Backs with McKinnon’s speed, lower-body explosiveness and upper-body strength just don't exist," wrote Whitman. He'll be a change-of-pace back behind Matt Asiata to start, but his fantasy ceiling is far higher. McKinnon is a solid stash while we see where Adrian Peterson's case goes.
Sep 12 - 11:20 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed six times for 43 yards and caught 2-of-2 passes for nine yards in the Vikings' third preseason game Saturday night.

With Adrian Peterson resting, third-round rookie McKinnon worked as the Vikings' No. 2 back behind Matt Asiata. A SPARQ Hall of Famer, the athletically blessed McKinnon offers all kinds of Dynasty league upside. He has 19 carries for 85 yards this preseason, and has also caught three passes.
Aug 23 - 11:25 PM

Rookie RB Jerick McKinnon had 12 carries for 45 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against the Raiders.

McKinnon played behind Matt Asiata, working with the second- and third-team offenses. He showed well in blitz pickup, which is a good sign for his chances of getting on the field. McKinnon will continue to push Asiata for the backup job to Adrian Peterson, and could contribute on third downs as a rookie.
Aug 8 - 10:21 PM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "it seems like every day" rookie RB Jerick McKinnon "grabs your attention with his athleticism."

The top-100 pick reportedly made a sweet juke on a swing pass in Wednesday's practice to elude CB Kendall James before planting his foot in the ground and "shooting into the secondary." McKinnon is an interesting Dynasty prospect with 4.41 jets, a highly explosive 11-foot broad jump, and a 40 1/2-inch vertical at 5-foot-9, 209. There's a chance he could be Adrian Peterson's heir apparent.
Jul 30 - 8:09 PM

Adrian Peterson says he was impressed by third-round pick Jerick McKinnon during spring practices.

McKinnon dabbled at quarterback in college and is relatively raw, so it would be nice to see "A.D." take him under his wing. "He’s pretty impressive and there’s not too many guys who impress me like that, especially rookies coming in," Peterson said. "He’s been able to do some real good things in the offense, picking it up well and just his running style." The Vikings hope McKinnon contributes on third downs as a rookie. He may be Peterson's heir apparent.
Jul 3 - 7:02 PM

Vikings signed No. 96 overall pick RB Jerick McKinnon to a four-year contract.

With Toby Gerhart gone to Jacksonville, McKinnon is slated for passing-down/COP duties as a rookie. McKinnon blew up the Combine, running a 4.41 40-yard dash to go with otherworldly jumps of 40 1/2" in the vertical and 11-feet in the broad. McKinnon's athleticism shows up more in workouts than on the field, but he's obviously someone to stash in Dynasty leagues. Barring an Adrian Peterson injury, McKinnon won't make a re-draft impact as a rookie.
Jun 10 - 5:44 PM

Third-round pick Jerick McKinnon has been sprinkled in with the Vikings' first-team offense at OTAs when Adrian Peterson takes days off.

Matt Asiata is the primary backup, but McKinnon is pushing. Per beat writer Matt Vensel, McKinnon "has looked pretty natural as a receiver," and is "hard to ignore" when he's on the field. To overtake Asiata, converted college QB McKinnon must master pass protection. He runs a 4.41 forty at 209 pounds.
Jun 5 - 10:04 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman reiterated on NFL Insiders that he envisions third-round pick Jerick McKinnon as a "third-down type back."

Spielman added he believes McKinnon has "a lot of unique traits," likely stemming from his otherworldly measurables. Spielman did not specifically say the Vikings envision McKinnon as Adrian Peterson's heir apparent, but the Georgia Southern product does have size and speed to eventually become a feature-caliber NFL running back. Spielman said he sees Peterson, Matt Asiata, and McKinnon as the Vikings' top-three tailback options entering 2014.
May 20 - 3:58 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman sees Jerick McKinnon as a third-down back.

McKinnon has a shot to develop into Adrian Peterson's eventual successor, but he was drafted as a change-of-pace and passing-back option. Plodding Matt Asiata is still around as the backup big back. McKinnon's insane measurables are more crucial to his Dynasty stock than his impending role. McKinnon has next to no pass-blocking experience, and must improve quickly to play on third downs.
May 12 - 10:02 AM

Vikings selected Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

McKinnon (5-foot-9, 209) is a favorite of the metrics crowd for his insane measurables. He ran 4.41 at the Combine with otherworldly jumps of 40 1/2" in the vertical and 11-feet in the broad. McKinnon shuttled between quarterback and tailback throughout college, finishing his career with a 6.30 YPC average on 619 attempts and 55 all-purpose TDs (42 rushing, 12 passing, one receiving). McKinnon's athleticism shows up more in workouts than on the field, however, and he's a total project in the passing game, with next to no pass-blocking experience and only ten career catches. McKinnon will be someone to monitor in Dynasty circles as he slides in behind Adrian Peterson, who will be 29 years old this season and is owed $13 million in 2015.
May 9 - 11:12 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3Joe Banyard
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1MarQueis Gray
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Smith
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Adam Thielen
3Charles Johnson
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3MarQueis Gray
K1Blair Walsh