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Jerick McKinnon | Running Back | #21

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 205
College: Georgia Southern
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (96) / MIN
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Jerick McKinnon rushed 20 times for 36 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Vikings' Week 5 win over the Texans.
McKinnon started off strong with 32 yards on his first seven carries, but he was absolutely shut down as the Vikings packed in the offense after taking a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. McKinnon could have saved his day with a touchdown, but he was stopped at the one before being vultured by Matt Asiata in the first quarter. It was a concerning performance considering how easily the Texans have been run over this season. Despite a good game against the Giants last Monday, this running game looks like it is going to struggle. McKinnon will be no better than a back-end RB2 after the bye. Oct 9 - 5:07 PM

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Jerick McKinnon rushed 18 times for 85 yards and one touchdown and caught 3-of-5 targets for 10 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 win over the Giants.

The Vikings entered the night averaging just 51 yards rushing per game and 2.1 YPC. Both were easily worst in the league. Their longest run of the year had been 14 yards. But McKinnon was able to boost those numbers with a long run of 25 yards and a 4.7 YPC average. He has so much juice in his legs and looks like a great fit for a Vikings offense that is spreading out more after the injury to Adrian Peterson. McKinnon will be a solid RB2 next week against the Texans' No. 27 run defense that just allowed two touchdowns to DeMarco Murray in Week 4.
Oct 4 - 12:09 AM

Jerick McKinnon (toe) has been removed from the injury report.

There was never any doubt over his status. McKinnon is Rotoworld's No. 24 running back for Week 4.
Oct 1 - 2:41 PM

Jerick McKinnon (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

The Vikings play on Monday night so this was their first practice of the week. Clearly McKinnon is over the toe injury that bothered him earlier this month. McKinnon collected 45 yards 16 carries in last week's win over Carolina. Though he might lose red zone work to Matt Asiata, McKinnon is still in the RB2/3 conversation.
Sep 29 - 4:20 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 win over the Panthers, adding one catch for two yards.

Matt Asiata got the "start," but McKinnon out-touched him 17-7 and out-snapped him 36-19. Yards were just extremely hard to come by behind the Vikings' truly pathetic offensive line, which lost LG Alex Boone to a hip injury early in the proceedings. McKinnon has a major leg up on Asiata — except for perhaps in short-yardage situations — but will face more tough sledding against the Giants' improved defense in Week 4. He'll remain on the RB2 borderline.
Sep 25 - 5:36 PM

Jerick McKinnon (toe) is practicing in full for Week 3.

McKinnon isn't fully healthy, but it hasn't cost him any games. He'll start and get the first chance at replacing Adrian Peterson against Carolina. Matt Asiata remains the favorite for short-yardage and red-zone work.
Sep 21 - 4:32 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Jerick McKinnon will be the Vikings' starting running back moving forward.

As expected. McKinnon will get the first crack at replacing Adrian Peterson after it was revealed he needs likely season-ending surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. Expect McKinnon and Matt Asiata to form a sort of committee with Asiata the favorite for short-yardage and goal-line work, though that's not set in stone. McKinnon is the top waiver add this week.
Sep 21 - 12:40 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel expects Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to form a "65-35" split in Adrian Peterson's (knee) absence.

Peterson has a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely. Vensel also confirmed Asiata will be Minnesota's likely "goal-line guy." McKinnon is a far superior talent, but the coaching staff trusts Asiata to pass protect and hold onto the football as a between-the-tackles grinder. Asiata wound up severely outscoring McKinnon in fantasy when Peterson missed almost all of the 2014 season. Both are worthy fantasy pickups, but a committee needs to be expected.
Sep 19 - 3:42 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed twice for two yards in Sunday night's Week 2 win over the Packers.

McKinnon got all of his snaps after Adrian Peterson left with a knee injury. He rotated with Matt Asiata, but is the favorite to start if Peterson is out. Owned in 23 percent of Yahoo leagues, McKinnon should be the top waiver add where available.
Sep 19 - 12:24 AM

Jerick McKinnon (foot, leg) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

McKinnon is behind Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, but he is worth stashing in 12- and 14-team leagues with Peterson perhaps beginning to show signs of decline. Peterson has been highly inefficient since midway through 2015.
Sep 15 - 7:09 PM

Jerick McKinnon (foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

McKinnon was active last week, but had just two touches. He should be fine for Sunday night's matchup with the Packers.
Sep 14 - 4:35 PM

Jerick McKinnon (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 1.

His participation was very limited all week, and McKinnon's status appears to be up in the air. Adrian Peterson is set up for a big workload in Nashville.
Sep 9 - 2:30 PM

Jerick McKinnon (foot) was not present for the open portion of Thursday's practice.

McKinnon was limited at Wednesday's session. We'll see how he's listed on the injury report before speculating on his Week 1 status. When healthy, McKinnon is a must-have handcuff for Adrian Peterson owners.
Sep 8 - 2:23 PM

Jerick McKinnon (foot) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

There's nothing to suggest the injury will keep him out of Week 1. McKinnon should be considered day to day.
Sep 7 - 4:58 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed eight times for 56 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Vikings' third preseason game.

McKinnon re-confirmed his explosive ability and adeptness in the passing game. Beat writers believe McKinnon's receiving role will increase this year, as it should. While standalone value may still be hard to come by, McKinnon would become an every-week fantasy starter if something happened to Adrian Peterson.
Aug 28 - 4:27 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Ronnie Hillman
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Andre Smith
K1Blair Walsh