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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back | #21

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (96) / MIN
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Jerick McKinnon caught 5-of-6 passes for 14 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys, adding nine rushes for 41 yards.
The 55 total yards were McKinnon's third most of the year, which tells you a lot about his season behind the Vikings' horrid offensive line. McKinnon was essentially untouched on his late three-yard touchdown. Still more or less splitting snaps with Matt Asiata, McKinnon will continue to lack upside for next week's trip to Jacksonville. Dec 2 - 12:07 AM

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Jerick McKinnon rushed nine times for 31 yards in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to the Lions, adding three receptions for 45 additional yards.

The 76 yards from scrimmage were McKinnon's second most of the season, but still not nearly enough for the Vikings' struggling offense. McKinnon also got vultured by Matt Asiata for the Vikes' only goal-line score. Running behind the league's worst line, McKinnon has proven incapable of creating yards of his own. He's a low-upside RB3.
Nov 24 - 3:56 PM

Jerick McKinnon played 31-of-58 (53%) snaps Week 11 against the Cardinals.

McKinnon out-snapped Matt Asiata 31-to-21, and Ronnie Hillman was only on the field for six plays. McKinnon was still only able to manage 44 yards on 16 carries, however, and will struggle to return even RB3 value in one of the worst rushing offenses of all time. McKinnon will likely prove to be fool's gold on the wire this week.
Nov 21 - 10:46 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 66 yards and lost three yards on his lone reception in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Cardinals.

The efficiency doesn't look great on the stat sheet, but McKinnon had several clutch runs in this game and reemerged as the Vikings' most effective backfield option. McKinnon's 15 touches were far more than Matt Asiata's six and Ronnie Hillman's two. The Vikings' running game remains broken, which will continue to cut into McKinnon's per-touch effectiveness. He will be a mere flex option in Week 12 against the Lions.
Nov 20 - 5:57 PM

Jerick McKinnon played 32-of-67 (48%) snaps Week 10 against the Redskins.

McKinnon pretty easily led the backfield in snaps, with Matt Asiata on the field for 23 plays and Hillman bringing up the rear with 13 snaps. McKinnon continued to be ineffective, however, while Asiata saw three more carries and nabbed a touchdown. Playing in a three-way committee for the worst rushing team in the league, McKinnon does not need to be owned in standard-sized leagues.
Nov 14 - 8:22 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed six times for 16 yards in Week 10 against Washington.

He added three catches for 17 yards. McKinnon started the first two series but didn't do anything with his touches. He saw fewer carries than Matt Asiata and lost change-up work to Ronnie Hillman. The Vikings run game has been a disaster this year and should continue to be avoided. McKinnon gets a matchup with Green Bay's top run defense in Week 11.
Nov 13 - 5:28 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 10.

McKinnon had only seven carries last week, but didn't have any setbacks in his return. He'll be part of a three-back committee for Sunday's matchup with Washington.
Nov 9 - 4:09 PM

Jerick McKinnon managed eight yards on seven carries in the Vikings' Week 9 loss to the Lions.

He was not used in the passing game. The Vikings used a three-way RBBC in Pat Shurmur's first game as offensive coordinator, giving Matt Asiata 11 touches, Ronnie Hillman 9, and McKinnon 7. As McKinnon was the least effective of the group, it's hard to imagine employing him as anything more than a Hail Mary desperation flex play when the Vikings visit Washington in Week 10.
Nov 6 - 4:51 PM

Jerick McKinnon is active for Week 9 against the Lions.

Despite his questionable tag, it became clear late in the week that McKinnon would return from his ankle injury after practicing on Thursday and Friday. The Vikings' Week 9 inactives are WR Jarius Wright, LG Alex Boone, DT Sharrif Floyd, LB Eric Kendricks, OL Zac Kerin, TE MyCole Pruitt, and TE David Morgan.
Nov 6 - 11:37 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jerick McKinnon (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's Week 9 game against the Lions.

McKinnon is back after missing last week's game with an ankle injury. He's a noticeable upgrade from plodder Matt Asiata, though the bigger Asiata may spell him on the goal line. McKinnon offers some back-end RB2 appeal in a favorable matchup with Detroit.
Nov 6 - 8:08 AM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle, questionable) confirmed Friday he expects to play against the Lions.

McKinnon practiced on both Thursday and Friday and should resume his role as the lead part of Minnesota's backfield committee. In part due to poor line play by the Vikings, McKinnon has been very up and down even when at 100 percent. He'll be a fringe RB2/flex option in a plus matchup versus Detroit.
Nov 4 - 2:03 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is practicing again on Friday.

He's fully expected to return this week after missing Week 8 with a twisted ankle. How effective McKinnon will be is another question. The Vikings' offensive line is in shambles, starting washed-up veteran Jake Long at left tackle, and now LG Alex Boone isn't practicing this week. McKinnon is an RB2/3.
Nov 4 - 12:48 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) resumed practicing on Thursday.

McKinnon was listed as a limited participant, but he's now on track to suit up against the Lions. McKinnon has guaranteed he'll play after missing Week 8. Matt Asiata struggled mightily in McKinnon's absence, teeing up another opportunity for McKinnon to lead the Vikings' backfield in touches. He's on the RB2/3 borderline.
Nov 3 - 2:18 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday.

It's not a good sign for his Week 9 status. McKinnon reportedly feels "much better" and expects to return this week, but he'll have to get in at least a limited practice to play. The Vikings need McKinnon healthy after getting close to nothing from Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman on Monday night.
Nov 2 - 4:44 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) said he feels "much better" and expects to play Week 9 against the Lions.

Matt Asiata was a Week 8 disaster against the Bears, dropping two passes and failing to convert two carries from inside the five-yard line before Sam Bradford took a third-down sack. McKinnon hasn't been much better behind a pitiful offensive line, but this matchup fully puts him on the RB2 radar.
Nov 2 - 1:07 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Bishop Sankey
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Jeremiah Sirles
K1Kai Forbath