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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 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. Jun 14 - 12:31 PM
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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

Jerick McKinnon managed 12 yards on three carries, but caught 9-of-9 targets for 59 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Colts.

The Vikings opened the game trying to establish Adrian Peterson on the ground. It didn't work whatsoever, so OC Pat Shurmur resorted to leaning heavily on McKinnon, particularly in the passing game. The Vikings need to make a commitment to McKinnon because he is the most effective back in the current state of their offense. Still, Peterson is likely to get more opportunities in Week 16 at Lambeau, where McKinnon will remain a risky flex option.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon managed 31 yards on 14 carries but caught 6-of-6 targets for 38 yards in the Vikings' Week 14 win over the Jaguars.

He handled 20 touches to Matt Asiata's 13. McKinnon's increased involvement in the passing game has saved his ineffective rushing, where his job is difficult every game due to Minnesota's utter lack of run blocking. With that said, McKinnon has a gorgeous Week 15 matchup against the Colts and will be worth firing up as a low-end RB2/flex play in that game.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:05:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:07:00 AM

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.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 03:56:00 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.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:46:00 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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 05:57:00 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.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 08:22:00 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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:28:00 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.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 04:09:00 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.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 04:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Case Keenum
4Taylor Heinicke
5Wes Lunt
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
4Bishop Sankey
5Terrell Newby
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Dalvin Cook
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Adams
4Isaac Fruechte
5Stacy Coley
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Michael Floyd
4Cayleb Jones
5Moritz Bohringer
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Bucky Hodges
4Kyle Carter
5Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Rashod Hill
3Aviante Collins
LG1Alex Boone
2Danny Isidora
3Freddie Tagaloa
C1Pat Elflein
2Nick Easton
3Zac Kerin
RG1Joe Berger
2T.J. Clemmings
3Austin Shepherd
RT1Mike Remmers
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Willie Beavers
4Arturo Uzdavinis
5Reid Fragel
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn