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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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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. Nov 19 - 5:28 PM

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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.
Nov 12 - 5:24 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.
Oct 29 - 12:48 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.
Oct 22 - 4:04 PM

Jerick McKinnon was listed on the Wednesday injury report with an ankle issue.

He was a full participant in practice, so it does not seem as if he is dealing with a serious injury. That said, it will be something to monitor the rest of the week. As long as he is healthy, McKinnon will be an upside RB2 against the Ravens.
Oct 19 - 9:17 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 69 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 23-10, Week 6 win over the Packers, adding five catches for 30 yards and a second touchdown on six targets.

Latavius Murray again got the start, and the two split carries pretty evenly 16-15, but it was McKinnon making all the plays for the second straight week. He out-gained Murray 99-37 in total yards and scored the goal-line plunge on the ground on third down after Murray was stuffed on first down. McKinnon just makes plays happen when the ball is in his hands, and he created it all on his 30-yard receiving score on a screen. McKinnon will be an upside RB2 next week at home versus Baltimore.
Oct 15 - 4:30 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 95 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' 20-17, Week 5 win over the Bears on Monday night.

He added six catches for 51 yards on six targets in the pass game. Latavius Murray was the popular waiver-wire add heading into the week, and he got the first five carries for Minnesota in this one, but it was all McKinnon after that. From that point forward, McKinnon out-touched Murray 22-9 and out-gained Murray on the night 146-43 as Murray averaged a pitiful 2.58 YPC with a long gain of eight yards. McKinnon's big play was a 58-yard touchdown on a toss to the right where he ran through a gaping hole untouched to the end zone. Sure, the hole was huge, but McKinnon has the acceleration to get to it. Murray does not. This should be McKinnon's backfield moving forward, but the Vikings did give Murray millions guaranteed, so he won't be phased out completely. McKinnon will be an RB2 at home against the Packers in Week 6.
Oct 9 - 11:46 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 5.

It's big news, as it means there will officially be a committee in Dalvin Cook's absence. Latavius Murray will grind between the tackles on early downs, and McKinnon will catch passes/try to change the pace. Ineffective for the Raiders last season, Murray has also had an extremely slow recovery from ankle surgery. It's possible McKinnon eventually pushes him in short-yardage situations. McKinnon comes with more long-term upside, though Murray's short-term floor is higher.
Oct 5 - 4:36 PM

Jerick McKinnon exited Week 4 against the Lions with an ankle injury.

He rushed two times for no gain and failed to catch either of his targets before leaving. McKinnon had a horrible drop on one of the passes. With Dalvin Cook looking lost for the year with a serious knee injury, McKinnon's role is going to grow as long as he avoided a meaningful injury. Latavius Murray should handle the early-down work with McKinnon getting most of the pass reps. McKinnon should be picked up in 12-team leagues ahead of Week 5 at the Bears.
Oct 1 - 5:46 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed three times for five yards and caught all three of his targets for 32 yards in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Saints.

McKinnon was the clear change-of-pace to Dalvin Cook, as Latavius Murray played just three snaps and fumbled on his lone carry in the red zone. McKinnon was in on 11-of-65 snaps, while Cook played 51. McKinnon has no standalone fantasy value. Murray would likely replace Cook if there was an injury.
Sep 11 - 10:52 PM

Jerick McKinnon reported to Vikings minicamp weighing 212 pounds.

McKinnon weighed 209 at the 2014 Combine and 211 as of late last month. He says he played in the 198-200 range last season and hopes more bulk will help his durability. Increased weight is more likely to cost a back burst and explosion, although McKinnon tested as a 99th-percentile SPARQ athlete weighing just three pounds more than he does now. McKinnon looks like the Vikings' No. 3 back this year, behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 12:31 PM

Jerick McKinnon has bulked up to 211 pounds.

McKinnon trained with Adrian Peterson in Houston this offseason. The added weight should help improve his strength between the tackles. McKinnon has been repping with the first team at OTAs, but Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray are the favorites for Week 1 carries.
May 27 - 3:04 PM

Jerick McKinnon opened Vikings OTAs handling "most of the first-team reps" in the running back corps.

It's not a surprise since Latavius Murray (ankle) is on the shelf and Dalvin Cook is a rookie. With that said, McKinnon has no Rotoworld blurbs since January 1, and his outlook has changed dramatically in the past few months. McKinnon offers scheme experience and receiving skills, but Cook is a far superior inside runner, and Murray is making nearly $4 million this year. McKinnon is in danger of slipping to third string on the depth chart.
May 25 - 1:05 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 89 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

He added three catches for 21 yards. McKinnon appeared in 15 games in his third NFL season, making seven starts, and set new career-highs in carries (159) and catches (43). Running behind the league's worst offensive line, McKinnon only averaged 3.39 YPC, turning his 159 attempts into 539 yards and just two touchdowns. McKinnon turned his 43 grabs into 255 additional yards and another score. Depending on what happens with Adrian Peterson, who is expected to be released, and in the draft/free agency, McKinnon could enter 2017 atop the depth chart. He has one year left on his rookie contract and turns 25 in May. McKinnon is someone to buy in Dynasty.
Jan 1 - 4:23 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 11 times for 50 yards in the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Packers, adding five receptions for 35 additional yards.

Per Pro Football Focus, McKinnon out-snapped Matt Asiata 54-25. He was limited to 11 carries because the Vikings spent the entire afternoon in pass-happy comeback mode. McKinnon will be an intriguing Week 17 DFS option against the Bears' collapsed run defense.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:41:00 PM