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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back | #31

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (96) / MIN
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Jerick McKinnon is expected to have a bigger role in 2016.
"I think we can find a lot more things for him and continue to get him in spaces that allow him to showcase his ability," coach Mike Zimmer said. Adrian Peterson led the league in carries last year, leaving just 73 touches for McKinnon. Even entering his age-31 season, Peterson is locked in as Minnesota’s bellcow, but McKinnon should be more involved after averaging 77 total yards in the final three games. Mar 2 - 7:11 PM

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Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for seven yards in the Vikings' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, adding three receptions for 22 additional yards.

McKinnon replaced Adrian Peterson on a critical late series as the Vikings went into passing mode, but AD was back for the following possession. McKinnon was limited to just 73 touches as a sophomore as Peterson won the rushing title. Although Peterson turns 31 in March, he's all but certain to remain the Vikings' offensive centerpiece for 2016. McKinnon is a hold in Dynasty leagues, but will lack for re-draft relevance absent an AD injury.
Jan 10 - 4:48 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed four times for 15 yards and caught 3-of-4 passes for 33 yards in Sunday night's Week 17 win over the Packers.

McKinnon had an expanded role after going off for two touchdowns last week. He led the Vikings in targets and finished as the leading receiver. McKinnon had only 52 carries in the regular season, but averaged 5.2 YPC. He’ll remain more involved in the pass game for the first round of the playoffs.
Jan 4 - 12:28 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 89 yards and two touchdowns and caught 2-of-3 targets for eight yards in Sunday night's Week 16 win over the Giants.

McKinnon played only four first-half snaps before taking over late in the game. He vultured a TD and scored on a 68-yard run in mop-duty. Despite the big game, McKinnon will remain just a backup to Adrian Peterson in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:27:00 AM

Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice.

It's never a good sign when a player is added to the injury report mid-week but we're not ready to press the panic button on McKinnon just yet. He could be in for a bigger role this week with Adrian Peterson battling a sprained ankle. McKinnon recorded 86 yards and a touchdown on 10 touches last week against the Bears.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:48:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 10 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 76 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bears.

McKinnon had totaled 56 yards receiving all season entering this one. The Vikings were making it a point to get him involved, along with Matt Asiata, behind Adrian Peterson. After Peterson went down in the second quarter with an ankle injury, McKinnon took a dump-off pass 17 yards to the end zone. If Peterson is forced to sit Week 16, McKinnon and Asiata will split work.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:11:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed nine times for 36 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of one in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Lions.

Shaking off an illness brought on by a bad batch of shellfish, Adrian Peterson struggled to get loose early in the game, and spent more plays than usual on the sideline. McKinnon's usage therefore grew. He piled up ten touches compared to Matt Asiata's two, confirming McKinnon remains Peterson's top handcuff. McKinnon is worth stashing in 14- and 16-team leagues on the off chance Peterson misses time. McKinnon would then become an upside RB2.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is probable for Week 2 against the Lions.

McKinnon was added to the injury report, but practiced in full. He'll be active as Adrian Peterson's change-of-pace. McKinnon had three carries in Week 1.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 05:49:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is listed on the Week 2 injury report, but practicing in full.

The ankle issue is minor, but could explain why McKinnon wasn't involved in the second half of Monday night. McKinnon will remain Adrian Peterson's change-of-pace in Week 2.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon provided 20 yards on three carries in the Vikings’ Week 1 loss to the 49ers.

McKinnon got a series all to himself during the first half and was actually Minnesota’s leading rusher at the break. He didn’t receive a single carry after halftime. McKinnon won’t be a fantasy factor in his change-of-pace role next week against the Lions.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 01:47:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not say who will back up Adrian Peterson.

With Peterson dominating touches, the backup in Minnesota is very unlikely to have fantasy value barring an injury to A.P. The fact that Jerick McKinnon could not easily beat out Matt Asiata in training camp is somewhat concerning for his Dynasty outlook, however. McKinnon managed 40 yards on 25 carries (1.6 YPC) this preseason. Asiata and McKinnon may share backup duties.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:11:00 AM

Jerick McKinnon rushed six times for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys, adding four receptions for 27 yards.

Not the best night for Adrian Peterson's change of pace, who finishes the preseason with a mere 40 yards on 25 carries (1.6 YPC). McKinnon will become an immediate RB2 if Peterson ever misses time with injury, but he opens the season as a strict handcuff.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:16:00 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for two yards and caught a 13-yard pass in the Hall of Fame Game against Pittsburgh.

He made a guy miss and finished the run with some physicality on his 13-yard screen. McKinnon played with the first-team offense while Adrian Peterson was held out. Matt Asiata was the next back through Minnesota's rotation.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 08:53:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects the Vikings to use Jerick McKinnon as "an occasional third-down back."

With Adrian Peterson locked into a workhorse role, the Vikings want McKinnon to be a bigger part of the passing game. McKinnon has made improvements in pass protection, but is unlikely to get consistent snaps on third downs. McKinnon doesn’t project as more than a high-upside handcuff/stash behind Peterson.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 02:37:00 PM

Vikings RB coach Kirby Wilson said Jerick McKinnon made strides in pass protection last season.

"Jerick is working on those things. Trying to be three phases," Wilson said. "It really comes down to your block willingness and I knew we could teach him from a physical standpoint. We knew he'd improve rapidly because he was a willing protector." McKinnon lost third-down work to Matt Asiata last year. With Adrian Peterson in line to dominate carries, the Vikings want to get McKinnon involved as a receiver. The Vikings believe McKinnon has the skill set to develop into a three-down back.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 05:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Shaun Hill
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
2Blake Renaud
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Charles Johnson
3Adam Thielen
4Terrell Sinkfield
WR21Laquon Treadwell
2Jarius Wright
3Cordarrelle Patterson
4Isaac Fruechte
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4Brian Leonhardt
LT1Matt Kalil
2Carter Bykowski
LG1Alex Boone
2Austin Shepherd
3Jeremiah Sirles
C1John Sullivan
2Joe Berger
3Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Mike Harris
3Zac Kerin
RT1Andre Smith
2Phil Loadholt
3T.J. Clemmings
K1Blair Walsh