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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back | #21

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (96) / MIN
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Impending free agent Jerick McKinnon said he'd prefer to be a featured back.
That makes a return to Minnesota unlikely as McKinnon would probably have to settle for a change-of-pace/passing-down role behind lead ball-carrier Dalvin Cook. McKinnon had his best year yet in 2017, setting career-highs in most categories including touchdowns (five) and yards from scrimmage (991). The Buccaneers, Giants, Jets, Lions and Raiders are all teams that could use help in the running game. Jan 22 - 1:19 PM

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Jerick McKinnon rushed 10 times for 40 yards and caught 11-of-12 targets for 86 yards in the Vikings' NFC Championship game loss to the Eagles.

As the Vikings fell out of this game early, McKinnon wound up with more volume than usual in catch-up mode, severely out-snapping interior grinder Latavius Murray. McKinnon’s 2017 emergence as a playmaking RBBC member helped keep Minnesota’s running game afloat following Dalvin Cook’s ACL tear, as McKinnon set career highs in rushing yards (570) and all receiving categories (51/421/8.3/2) in a timeshare with Murray. Now up for free agency, McKinnon should be a relatively hot commodity due to his all-purpose skill set. He turns 26 in May.
Jan 21 - 10:09 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on eight carries while adding three catches for six yards on four targets Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

McKinnon got the scoring started by punching in a 14-yard touchdown on the Vikings' opening drive. Riley Reiff absolutely leveled Marshon Lattimore on the play, allowing McKinnon to waltz into the end zone untouched. McKinnon was relatively quiet in the second half, gaining just nine yards on four carries after halftime. For the game, Latavius Murray out-touched him by a convincing 21-11 margin. A trip to the Super Bowl will be on the line next week when the Vikings travel to Philadelphia to face the top-seeded Eagles in the NFC title game.
Jan 14 - 9:18 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 12 times for 44 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

For only the second time all season, McKinnon failed to catch a pass. The Vikings' change-of-pace/pass-catching back has two weeks to rest up for the Divisional Round.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 42 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Vikings' Week 16 win over the Packers.

He severely outplayed an inefficient Latavius Murray, but McKinnon saw fewer touches than usual because the Vikings played with a lead the entire game, and Murray handled what amounted to clock-killing carries. The Vikings close out the regular season against the Bears in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 11:32:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught 7-of-8 targets for 114 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bengals.

McKinnon did most of his damage through the air, racking up gains of 43 and 29. He led the team in targets with eight. With the Bengals linebacking corps injured, they struggled to cover the SPARQ freak McKinnon out of the backfield. He will be a RB3 with upside against the Packers in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:25:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (shoulder) was upgraded to full practice on Thursday.

As was Adam Thielen (knee). Both will be ready to roll Sunday against Cincinnati. McKinnon has slumped over the past month but still warrants a look as an RB3/flex in PPR leagues.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 02:41:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

This could explain why McKinnon got only one touch in the second half in Sunday's loss. McKinnon's status should be monitored, but he's on track to play through his shoulder issue in Week 15 against the Bengals.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 46 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards in the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Panthers.

McKinnon only got one touch after halftime, as he and Latavius Murray were complete non-factors in this one against the Panthers' stout run defense. The Vikings were playing catch-up the entire second half, and Case Keenum ripped off 44 attempts. McKinnon has had a rough past month-plus, but he's still getting enough work to sustain RB3/FLEX appeal next week against Cincy.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:43:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed nine times for 24 yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Falcons.

Like the entire offense, McKinnon did not do much early, but he got open in the end zone from two yards out for his second receiving touchdown of the season in the second quarter. It was his first trip to the end zone since Week 8. McKinnon was mostly held in check the rest of the way, and he took a backseat to Latavius Murray as the Vikings closed out the game. Averaging just 53 yards from scrimmage in his last four games, McKinnon will be just a FLEX option next week in Carolina.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 04:08:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 13 times for 23 yards in the Vikings' Thanksgiving win over the Lions, adding a 31-yard reception.

Aside from a 46-yard Latavius Murray rumble on the first play of the second half, the Lions did a good job containing the run. McKinnon has cleared at least 12 touches and 47 yards from scrimmage in every game since Dalvin Cook's injury, but both his fantasy floor and upside have taken a hit since Murray established himself on early downs. McKinnon is beat treated as a risk/reward FLEX who can create a nice day with his big-play ability.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 14 times for 48 yards in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Rams.

He caught 5-of-7 targets in the pass game but turned them into just 12 yards. McKinnon again took a back seat to Latavius Murray in terms of production, as Murray scored two goal-line touchdowns and managed 95 yards on 15 carries, but McKinnon still edged him out in touches 19-16. McKinnon has disappointed in back-to-back games but will remain a solid RB2 with upside on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. However, it's clear Murray is the goal-line back.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 10 times for 32 yards while catching two passes for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 10 win over Washington.

The 12 touches for McKinnon are the fewest he's had in a game since Minnesota lose Dalvin Cook for the season. He did out-snap Latavius Murray 31-to-30, but game script didn't work in his favor for receiving production and he was out-touched by Murray 17-to-12. McKinnon has now been out-scored by Murray in two of the past three games, which puts pause on elevating him to set and forget status each week if the Vikings are able to control games. McKinnon will be a boom/bust RB2 option next week versus the Rams.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon caught 6-of-10 targets for 72 yards and rushed 14 times for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 8 win over the Browns in London.

McKinnon took a clear backseat to Latavius Murray early in this one, ceding the first four carries and seven of the first eight, but he established himself with some long runs in the second quarter and had a couple long gains in the passing game to set up a field goal just before halftime. He continued to look much better than Murray in the second half, and he scored from one-yard out on what amounted to a jet sweep late in the third quarter, adding the two-point conversion for good measure. Minnesota's offense simply looks better with McKinnon getting work, something the Vikings hopefully decide to act on during the bye week. Even if Murray stays involved, McKinnon will be an upside RB2 against Washington following the off week.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 12:48:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 14 times for 47 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Ravens.

Latavius Murray was the hero in this one with an 18-113-1 rushing line. McKinnon still logged 17 touches, and his role won't diminish as the Vikings' primary passing-game back and committee rushing partner with Murray. Although McKinnon was never going to sustain the production he put into the box score in Weeks 5-6, he will remain a viable RB2/flex play in Week 8 against the Browns.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 04:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kyle Sloter
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Mack Brown
4Bishop Sankey
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Adam Thielen
2Jarius Wright
3Cayleb Jones
4Brandon Zylstra
WR21Stefon Diggs
2Laquon Treadwell
3Stacy Coley
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Blake Bell
4Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Dieugot Joseph
LG1Nick Easton
2Danny Isidora
C1Pat Elflein
2Cornelius Edison
RG1Jeremiah Sirles
2Aviante Collins
3Josh Andrews
RT1Mike Remmers
2Rashod Hill
3Cedrick Lang