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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
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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. Oct 25 - 4:51 PM

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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.
Sep 18 - 5:49 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.
Sep 16 - 7:16 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.
Sep 15 - 1:47 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.
Sep 12 - 9:11 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.
Aug 29 - 10:16 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.
Aug 9 - 8:53 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.
Jul 11 - 2:37 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.
Jun 24 - 5:37 PM

Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes the "sky is the limit" for second-year back Jerick McKinnon.

Even with Adrian Peterson back, Wilson expects SPARQ superstar McKinnon to play a key role in Minnesota's 2015 offense. "I think (McKinnon's) going to continue to improve and grow and mature, not only as an NFL starter-caliber runner, but as a premier, dynamic playmaker that you can count on every Sunday for X amount of plays," Wilson said. "And he showed flashes of that type of ability last year early on. So we're all extremely excited about the potential that he has and what he can bring and add to our offense." Wilson says the Vikings plan to monitor Peterson's snaps, ensuring McKinnon gets time on the field each week.
Jun 12 - 2:07 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Jerick McKinnon could have a limited role behind Adrian Peterson.

"Certain guys are going to contribute more than others and I’d assume Adrian would be that guy." McKinnon averaged 4.8 YPC in a committee with Matt Asiata last year, but the Vikings want to feature Peterson as their workhorse. McKinnon’s pass protection struggles prevent him from getting third down work, making him a low-volume change-of-pace option. Peterson played 74 percent of snaps in 2013.
Jun 5 - 5:36 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman revealed that his organization's increased use of analytics led to last year's third-round selection of Jerick McKinnon.

Vikings WR Charles Johnson and QB Teddy Bridgewater are also regarded highly in analytics circles, and were both acquired by Spielman within the last year. A 2014 article on Rotoworld published by Field Gulls' Zach Whitman explained how McKinnon's SPARQ score made him a "truly unique" athletic prospect and was linked by Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel in the blog below.
Apr 29 - 6:40 PM

Jerick McKinnon has "fully recovered" from his December back surgery.

He's resumed football activities, training this offseason with teammates like Kyle Rudolph and Charles Johnson. Rudolph specifically praised McKinnon's work ethic. McKinnon will become a prime breakout candidate if the Vikings move on from Adrian Peterson. We'll monitor the 23-year-old closely all year.
Mar 20 - 1:14 AM

The lower back injury that ended Jerick McKinnon's rookie year in early December required surgery.

He is "a couple weeks" from completing his rehab. McKinnon says he'll be ready to participate fully when the Vikings' offseason workout program begins on April 20. After a promising rookie season, McKinnon's 2015 role is unclear. He could operate as a change-of-pace back if Adrian Peterson returns. If the Vikings decide they can't keep Peterson at his $15.4 million cap number, McKinnon would become the front-runner for Minnesota's starting job.
Feb 15 - 10:18 PM

Vikings placed RB Jerick McKinnon (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

McKinnon had been sidelined the last two weeks and was already ruled out for Sunday's game. He was never given a timetable to return from his back injury, but it's serious enough that he'll need to undergo surgery and miss the next two months. McKinnon made six starts after taking over as the Vikings' feature back in Week 4. He'll finish his rookie season with 538 yards on 113 carries (4.8 YPC), adding 27 catches for 135 yards. With Adrian Peterson's status with the Vikings up in the air, McKinnon remains a strong hold in Dynasty formats.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 03:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Shaun Hill
3Taylor Heinicke
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1Zach Line
WR11Mike Wallace
2Charles Johnson
3Stefon Diggs
WR21Stefon Diggs
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Adam Thielen
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
LT1Matt Kalil
LG1Brandon Fusco
C1Joe Berger
2Zac Kerin
3Nick Easton
RG1Mike Harris
2Jeremiah Sirles
RT1T.J. Clemmings
2Austin Shepherd
K1Blair Walsh