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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
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Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for two yards and caught a 13-yard pass in the Hall of Fame Game against Pittsburgh.
He made a guy miss and finished the run with some physicality on his 13-yard screen. McKinnon played with the first-team offense while Adrian Peterson was held out. Matt Asiata was the next back through Minnesota's rotation. Aug 9 - 8:53 PM

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects the Vikings to use Jerick McKinnon as "an occasional third-down back."

With Adrian Peterson locked into a workhorse role, the Vikings want McKinnon to be a bigger part of the passing game. McKinnon has made improvements in pass protection, but is unlikely to get consistent snaps on third downs. McKinnon doesn’t project as more than a high-upside handcuff/stash behind Peterson.
Jul 11 - 2:37 PM

Vikings RB coach Kirby Wilson said Jerick McKinnon made strides in pass protection last season.

"Jerick is working on those things. Trying to be three phases," Wilson said. "It really comes down to your block willingness and I knew we could teach him from a physical standpoint. We knew he'd improve rapidly because he was a willing protector." McKinnon lost third-down work to Matt Asiata last year. With Adrian Peterson in line to dominate carries, the Vikings want to get McKinnon involved as a receiver. The Vikings believe McKinnon has the skill set to develop into a three-down back.
Jun 24 - 5:37 PM

Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes the "sky is the limit" for second-year back Jerick McKinnon.

Even with Adrian Peterson back, Wilson expects SPARQ superstar McKinnon to play a key role in Minnesota's 2015 offense. "I think (McKinnon's) going to continue to improve and grow and mature, not only as an NFL starter-caliber runner, but as a premier, dynamic playmaker that you can count on every Sunday for X amount of plays," Wilson said. "And he showed flashes of that type of ability last year early on. So we're all extremely excited about the potential that he has and what he can bring and add to our offense." Wilson says the Vikings plan to monitor Peterson's snaps, ensuring McKinnon gets time on the field each week.
Jun 12 - 2:07 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Jerick McKinnon could have a limited role behind Adrian Peterson.

"Certain guys are going to contribute more than others and I’d assume Adrian would be that guy." McKinnon averaged 4.8 YPC in a committee with Matt Asiata last year, but the Vikings want to feature Peterson as their workhorse. McKinnon’s pass protection struggles prevent him from getting third down work, making him a low-volume change-of-pace option. Peterson played 74 percent of snaps in 2013.
Jun 5 - 5:36 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman revealed that his organization's increased use of analytics led to last year's third-round selection of Jerick McKinnon.

Vikings WR Charles Johnson and QB Teddy Bridgewater are also regarded highly in analytics circles, and were both acquired by Spielman within the last year. A 2014 article on Rotoworld published by Field Gulls' Zach Whitman explained how McKinnon's SPARQ score made him a "truly unique" athletic prospect and was linked by Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel in the blog below.
Apr 29 - 6:40 PM

Jerick McKinnon has "fully recovered" from his December back surgery.

He's resumed football activities, training this offseason with teammates like Kyle Rudolph and Charles Johnson. Rudolph specifically praised McKinnon's work ethic. McKinnon will become a prime breakout candidate if the Vikings move on from Adrian Peterson. We'll monitor the 23-year-old closely all year.
Mar 20 - 1:14 AM

The lower back injury that ended Jerick McKinnon's rookie year in early December required surgery.

He is "a couple weeks" from completing his rehab. McKinnon says he'll be ready to participate fully when the Vikings' offseason workout program begins on April 20. After a promising rookie season, McKinnon's 2015 role is unclear. He could operate as a change-of-pace back if Adrian Peterson returns. If the Vikings decide they can't keep Peterson at his $15.4 million cap number, McKinnon would become the front-runner for Minnesota's starting job.
Feb 15 - 10:18 PM

Vikings placed RB Jerick McKinnon (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

McKinnon had been sidelined the last two weeks and was already ruled out for Sunday's game. He was never given a timetable to return from his back injury, but it's serious enough that he'll need to undergo surgery and miss the next two months. McKinnon made six starts after taking over as the Vikings' feature back in Week 4. He'll finish his rookie season with 538 yards on 113 carries (4.8 YPC), adding 27 catches for 135 yards. With Adrian Peterson's status with the Vikings up in the air, McKinnon remains a strong hold in Dynasty formats.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:14:00 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling thinks the team believes Jerick McKinnon can be their primary running back in the future.

McKinnon has six games with double-digit carries this season and is averaging 16 touches a game since establishing himself as the lead back Week 4. With Adrian Peterson likely finished in Minnesota, there is little reason McKinnon will not have a similar role in the Vikings' offense for the foreseeable future. He is an excellent hold in Dynasty formats.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) has been ruled out for Week 14.

He missed practice every day this week. McKinnon's timetable is unclear.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) remained sidelined Thursday.

McKinnon is trending in the wrong direction for Week 14. He needs to get in at least a "limited" session on Friday to have any shot of suiting up against the Jets. We expect Matt Asiata to again lead the Vikings' Week 14 rushing attack.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:13:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice Wednesday.

It's not a good start to the week for McKinnon, who was held out against the Panthers after being listed as doubtful. He'll need to return to practice by Friday to have a chance of playing. The Vikings will go with a committee of Matt Asiata and Ben Tate if McKinnon doesn't return.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:47:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (back) is inactive for Week 13 against the Panthers.

The Vikings will go with a rotation at running back led by Joe Banyard and Matt Asiata. Ben Tate may mix in as the No. 3 if he knows enough of the offense. It's anyone's guess as to who will lead this backfield in touches. Also inactive for the Vikings are CB Shaun Prater, OT J'Marcus Webb, LB Michael Mauti, LB Brandon Watts, OL David Yankey, and RB/FB Zach Line.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Jerick McKinnon (back) said Friday he will not play in Week 13.

He's officially listed as doubtful, but will be inactive. It's a major missed opportunity for McKinnon against a porous Panthers run defense. The Vikings will turn to some combination of Joe Banyard, Matt Asiata, and perhaps Ben Tate against the Panthers. Tate didn't play a snap last week, while Banyard played 30 and was effective on limited touches. Asiata is due back from his concussion and is the odds-on favorite to lead this backfield in playing time.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 02:00:00 PM