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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back | #28

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (96) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Kyle Shanahan said he envisions using Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida on the field at the same time next season.
Shanahan said he planned on using McKinnon and Breida at the same time this season, but McKinnon of course tore his ACL before those plans came to fruition. Since it was a "clean" tear and it happened in early September, McKinnon should be ready well ahead of the start of the 2019 season, but Breida's emergence has complicated McKinnon's 2019 outlook. The 49ers' usage of McKinnon and Breida will be a storyline going into next year's training camp, but Shanahan has made it clear that using both of them on the field together is in his plans. Tue, Nov 13, 2018 07:18:00 PM

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NBC Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports Jerick McKinnon's ACL tear was "clean" and he underwent surgery on Tuesday.

McKinnon is still obviously done for the season, but it's good news the tear was deemed a clean one with no other ligament damage. It should expedite McKinnon's rehab process and have him ready well in time for the start of next season. McKinnon will be 27 and still in his prime by the time Week 1 rolls around.
Fri, Sep 14, 2018 12:15:00 PM

49ers placed Jerick McKinnon (ACL) on injured reserve.

McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Niners this offseason but won't take the field until 2019. Veteran Alfred Morris remains the favorite to open the season as San Francisco's Week 1 starter and, barring injury, lead the team in carries. Matt Breida is "likely to be the backup", though there's enough volume in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense to support two fantasy viable backs. The 49ers' eventual backfield usage will be one of the most intriguing storylines of Week 1.
Mon, Sep 3, 2018 01:33:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms Jerick McKinnon will miss the rest of the season with a right ACL tear.

McKinnon suffered the injury while making a cut on the final play of Saturday's practice. It's a tough blow for the Niners, who went all-in on McKinnon by signing him to a four-year, $30 million free agent deal this offseason. With McKinnon now done for the year, early-down work will likely fall to veteran Alfred Morris with second-year back Matt Breida mixing in on passing downs. If either are available in your league, make sure to scoop them up immediately.
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 06:58:00 PM

The 49ers fear Jerick McKinnon suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's practice.

"We hope we're wrong," said coach Kyle Shanahan after practice. "He just made a cut on air and no one was around him and just went down. It looked awkward. We’re concerned about it, but we don’t have an MRI done, so we don’t know for sure." Ace beat writer Matt Maiocco suggests Alfred Morris is the favorite to open the season as the 49ers' starter with Matt Breida "likely to be the backup." Morris should be owned and drafted in all leagues as a top-75 fantasy pick.
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 04:44:00 PM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team is "extremely concerned" about the injury Jerick McKinnon suffered during Saturday's workout.

Shanahan said McKinnon went down after making a "cut" on air during Saturday's practice, suggesting he may have suffered a non-contact injury. McKinnon was hoping to return for Week 1 after missing most of the past month with a calf issue. He'll undergo an MRI, though it sounds like the Niners are already expecting the worst. The good news, if there is any, is that backup Matt Breida was just cleared to resume practicing after missing the past few weeks with a separated shoulder. With McKinnon's status in doubt, Breida and Alfred Morris need to be owned in all formats.
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 04:21:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jerick McKinnon suffered what appeared to be a "concerning" injury during Saturday's workout.

He missed time with a calf issue earlier this summer and was still working his way back, but this appears to be a new injury. McKinnon's status for Week 1 against the Vikings (his former team) was already up in the air before this development. Now he could be facing an extended absence. With Matt Breida (shoulder) also banged up, McKinnon owners would be wise to add Alfred Morris as an insurance policy.
Sat, Sep 1, 2018 03:55:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (calf) was seen taking part in conditioning drills at Tuesday's practice.

He was joined by backfield-mate Matt Breida, who is coming off a shoulder injury. Beat writer Matt Barrows of The Athletic noticed both players getting reps on the blocking shed. It's unclear if either will be ready for Week 1 against the Vikings, though at least they're trending in the right direction. Alfred Morris served as the Niners' lead back in last week's dress rehearsal.
Tue, Aug 28, 2018 06:11:00 PM

49ers GM John Lynch said Jerick McKinnon (calf) will be out of action until Week 1.

With Matt Breida (shoulder) also sidelined until Week 1, all preseason reps will now fall to 2017 fourth-rounder Joe Williams, free agent acquisition Alfred Morris, Raheem Mostert, and former Bucs fifth-rounder Jeremy McNichols. McKinnon and Breida will inevitably open the season as the 49ers' top-two backs, but Morris could contend for more carries with a strong showing.
Fri, Aug 17, 2018 10:31:00 AM

Jerick McKinnon's MRI showed "just a muscle strain."

What a relief. The 49ers are already without RB Matt Breida (shoulder) until Week 1, so another blow to their backfield was almost inconceivable. The Niners gave no timetable to how long McKinnon will be out, but it's likely he doesn't participate in preseason action until fully healed, even if precautionary. Raheem Mostert received a majority of reps once McKinnon was sidelined Sunday.
Sun, Aug 12, 2018 06:33:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (knee) will receive an MRI Sunday.

McKinnon stayed down holding the back of his right knee following a hit Sunday. He was helped off by trainers and remained on the sidelines for the rest of practice. Although he was seen signing autographs on his way back to the locker room, the 49ers immediately announced that he'll go for an MRI on his right knee. The team is already without RB Matt Breida (shoulder) until Week 1. Stay tuned for updates.
Sun, Aug 12, 2018 04:09:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano does not believe Jerick McKinnon will be a "bell-cow running back."

McKinnon has earned nothing but praise since signing a four-year, $30 million contract in March, but Graziano cautions his workload might not be as large as some expect. "Matt Breida should have a role in this offense too," Graziano writes, "and don't be surprised if there are weeks when Breida is the early-down guy and outscores McKinnon even in PPR leagues." We would still expect McKinnon to be the clear lead back, but it is worth noting he has never had more than 202 touches in a season and struggled as a runner the last two years. His upside is undeniable, but he is a bit of a risky pick at the end of the second round.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Aug 9, 2018 10:11:00 AM reports Jerick McKinnon's chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo has been "on point" in training camp.

Pass catching is a huge part of McKinnon's game, while targeting running backs has long been a staple of coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. With Garoppolo's quick release, McKinnon could get the ball in open space and be off to the races quite often this season.
Tue, Jul 31, 2018 05:08:00 PM

NBC Bay Area's Matt Maiocco suggested Jerick McKinnon is a candidate for 1,500 yards from scrimmage.

Carlos Hyde totaled 1,288 yards last season, and the 49ers view McKinnon as an "upgrade," particularly in the passing game. Maiocco has stated all offseason that Kyle Shanahan envisions McKinnon as his new version of Devonta Freeman. McKinnon should also be the heavy favorite for short-yardage and goal-line work over projected No. 2 back Matt Breida, who stands a diminutive 5-foot-9, 195.
Mon, Jul 23, 2018 03:38:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports new 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon was highly active as a pass catcher on the first day of OTAs Tuesday.

It's not a surprise, though reporter Matt Barrows went as far as to say that McKinnon was Jimmy Garoppolo's "most active" receiver. Barrows believes 73 — Devonta Freeman's high-water mark under Kyle Shanahan — could be McKinnon's over/under for receptions this season. If McKinnon could even come close to that, it would make him a monster in all formats of fantasy, as he's also in the lead on early downs in San Francisco. 43 of McKinnon's 51 Vikings receptions last season came after Dalvin Cook was lost for the year in Week 4.
Tue, May 22, 2018 07:55:00 PM

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