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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Jerick McKinnon is good on all three downs.
"We think he's a great third-down back," Shanahan said. "We also think he's good on first and second down, too." The 49ers signed McKinnon to a workhorse-level contract, and everything which has come out since the signing suggests they view him as the unquestioned starter. Shanahan has coached a top-15 fantasy back five of his last six seasons. Mar 27 - 8:57 AM

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Jerick McKinnon is expected to assume the "Devonta Freeman Role" in 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

Shanahan reportedly evaluated McKinnon as the best running back in this year's free agent class and the 49ers made good on that evaluation by inking him to a four-year, $30 million deal, making McKinnon the NFL's fourth-highest-paid running back. The "Freeman Role" involves more touchdown scoring and pass catching and is the primary back in Shanahan's offense. Matt Breida is the top in-house candidate to fill Tevin Coleman's complementary role.
Mar 16 - 3:49 PM

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he got "lost" watching Jerick McKinnon's game tape before the 49ers signed him to a four-year, $30 million deal.

"There's so many things I liked about him, just visualizing how I would use him and the stuff that we would do," Shanahan said. Shanahan has a history of orchestrating high-octane rushing offenses and is particularly enamored by McKinnon's passing-game skills. "What is a huge bonus on him is when you talk about the pass game," Shanahan said. "When it comes to separating and beating linebackers and safeties in man-to-man coverage, I definitely think he’s an issue for teams."
Mar 15 - 8:54 PM

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

That $7.5 million average makes McKinnon the league's fourth-highest-paid running back. Our own Evan Silva labeled McKinnon a "poor man's Alvin Kamara" as an in-space playmaker who can run it and catch it. McKinnon doesn't turn 26 until May and has an upward-pointing arrow coming off a career year and joining one of the league's most exciting offensive play-callers in coach Kyle Shanahan. McKinnon totaled 991 yards and five touchdowns last season and is now penned in as the Niners' top back after Carlos Hyde signed with Cleveland.
Mar 14 - 9:02 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Bucs are interested in free agent Jerick McKinnon.

The Bucs, who have a wide-open backfield, would be an excellent landing spot for a back who has said he wants more work. Free agency is off to a fast start but it could be typically slow-developing for running backs.
Mar 13 - 1:43 PM

ESPN's Courtney Cronin writes "it feels evident" Jerick McKinnon will leave the Vikings in free agency.

McKinnon has said he wants to be a featured back, something which will not happen with Dalvin Cook ahead of him on the depth chart in Minnesota. McKinnon has struggled to consistently produce on the ground, but he has caught 94 passes the last two seasons and nearly hit 1,000 yards from scrimmage last year despite a committee backfield. McKinnon is Rotoworld's No. 3 available running back.
Source: ESPN
Mar 6 - 9:26 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Jimmy Garoppolo
2C.J. Beathard
3Nick Mullens
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Breida
3Joe Williams
4Raheem Mostert
5Jeremy McNichols
GLB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Breida
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Breida
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Malcolm Johnson
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Trent Taylor
3Kendrick Bourne
4Max McCaffrey
5Aaron Burbridge
WR21Marquise Goodwin
2Aldrick Robinson
3Victor Bolden
4DeAndre Carter
WR31Trent Taylor
TE1George Kittle
2Garrett Celek
3Cole Hikutini
4Cole Wick
LT1Joe Staley
2Darrell Williams
3Pace Murphy
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Jonathan Cooper
C1Weston Richburg
2Erik Magnuson
RG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
RT1Trent Brown
2Garry Gilliam
3Andrew Lauderdale
K1Robbie Gould