Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Date of Birth:  05/03/1992
Age:  26
Height  5'9"
Weight:   205
College:  Georgia Southern
Drafted:  2014 | Round 3 | Pick 96
Depth Chart:  Injured Reserve

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Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon suffered a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The injury suffered by McKinnon in practice was thought to be serious, and unfortunately it is indeed a season-ending injury. McKinnon reportedly suffered the injury on a non-contact cut against the air, which just unluckily happens sometimes. Now, the Niners will go with a backfield led by Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. The recent signing of the veteran Morris, who has a ton of experience in Kyle Shanahan's system, is huge, and the Niners are lucky he was available for so long. San Francisco expected McKinnon to be a huge part of the offense this season after signing him to a big contract that pays him top-five running back money.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon suffered an injury in practice today, according to NFL Network.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says McKinnon "suffered what appeared to be a concerning injury during a team workout," so this obviously doesn't sound great. Hopefully it's just a re-aggravation of his calf injury—which could be a multi-week injury—and not something worse like a knee injury, but we'll update you as more information becomes available. McKinnon's personal health is more important obviously, but hopefully you haven't had your fantasy draft yet so that more clarity can be given on the Niners backfield situation before you do draft.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon (calf) will be out until Week 1.

49ers GM John Lynch told this to KNBR 680 Radio in San Francisco. McKinnon's injury was being called a muscle strain, and his Week 1 status hasn't been in much doubt, but it's a slight concern that he's already been ruled out for next week's third preseason game. However, the Niners could be playing it safe with their starting running back in an effort to ensure he's ready to go to start the regular season; if your fantasy draft is some point soon, you shouldn't consider it a lock that McKinnon will be on the field for Week 1, though. Hopefully we get more clarity on the situation toward the end of August or the start of September, as calf injuries can be tricky. Expect McKinnon's ADP to drop some in the coming days.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon's injury is just a muscle strain, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The MRI thankfully gave good news after a week of season-ending injuries to a few players across the NFL. A muscle strain shouldn't keep McKinnon out long, and his Week 1 status isn't in any doubt. The Niners have had a few injuries (running back Matt Breida and tight end George Kittle, both with shoulder injuries, are expected to be back in Week 1) that could've been more serious than they are in the past week.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon is getting an MRI on his right knee.

McKinnon was getting looked at during 49ers practice, but Joe Fann of the team's official site says he stood back with his teammates so it "didn't look serious." However, knee injuries can turn out worse than expected, and the MRI probably isn't a great sign. Results of McKinnon's MRI should be known later today or tomorrow, and hopefully we hear good news.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

ESPN's Dan Graziano doesn't think Jerick McKinnon will be a bell-cow for the Niners.

Graziano took a trip to a few different training camps and gave some fantasy tips based on what he was hearing. Graziano believes "Kyle Shanahan definitely has a role in mind for McKinnion," but doesn't think it'll be a "bell-cow running back" role. This is just the opinion of one person, but it's worth noting that Graziano says the Niners "believed the running back market was depressed," so they don't think they spent too much on McKinnon even if he's not in a workhorse role—and the price tag was a big reason a lot of people believed McKinnon could be in line for a heavy workload. The Niners have made it clear they are high on McKinnon, though, and he's the clear top option in the backfield.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

49ers running backs coach Bobby Turner talks up Jerick McKinnon.

San Francisco gave McKinnon top-five running back money, so they obviously thought he was a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense, and Turner echoed that by saying he believes the former Vikings' skill set is perfect for the offensive system. Turner said McKinnon is "a complete running back... He's here for a reason. We feel that he's going to be productive and help take us to the next level. We're expecting great things out of him." He also added that McKinnon's speed really stands out, as he can do everything you want from a running back, with "one thing that is different, he is faster." All indications are McKinnon is going to have an opportunity to be the clear number one running back for the 49ers, and with their offense potentially on the rise, he clearly offers RB1 upside in 2018.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

49ers GM John Lynch hints at a big role for Jerick McKinnon.

Lynch was on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, and said McKinnon "never saw the field as much as he would've liked. He'll fit extremely well in our offense. While he's not the biggest guy in the world. He can play big. He's a match-up nightmare." McKinnon had 150 rushing attempts and 200+ touches in each of his last two seasons with the Vikings, but it certainly sounds like the Niners intend for him to have a bigger role than that. This basically confirms the thinking all along, as San Francisco paid McKinnon top-five running back money, so they are probably going to use him a lot in 2018. Some might be concerned about his ability to hold up with a heavy workload, but McKinnon will offer RB1 upside in fantasy drafts this summer.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Kyle Shanahan says Jerick McKinnon is the team's starting running back.

After the 49ers gave McKinnon top-five running back money, this is not a surprise. Shanahan believes McKinnon can be used more than he was in Minnesota, and right now, it looks like he's a lock for at least 15 touches per week in 2018. Considering the Niners appear to be on the rise with one of the league's best young franchise quarterbacks, along with Shanahan's commitment to the running game, McKinnon could be a superb fantasy asset this season. McKinnon's ADP is likely to get up into the first four or five rounds by the time drafts roll around this summer.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

The 49ers have officially signed running back Jerick McKinnon.

The deal was revealed in the media earlier today, but the team just officially announced the signing after the start of the new league year. McKinnon's four-year deal makes him a top-five paid running back in the league on a per-year basis, so Kyle Shanahan and the Niners clearly have plans for him. Right now, McKinnon is looking like a very good fantasy option in 2018, but we'll have to see if they add anyone else in the draft or if someone else currently in the backfield (perhaps Joe Williams or Matt Breida) can carve out a role in a committee.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon is expected to sign with the 49ers, according to Adam Schefter.

Schefter says it's a four-year deal and adds that McKinnon is "the back they wanted." At a reported $7.5 million per year over four years, it certainly looks like the Niners did badly want the former Viking in the mix. Expect McKinnon to step right in as the Niners' starter, and after seeing how Carlos Hyde was used as a receiver in Kyle Shanahan's offense last season, McKinnon could be a lock for another 50+ receptions this season if he stays healthy. McKinnon's career high in carries is 159 in 2016, but it wouldn't be surprising if he easily eclipsed the 200-mark this season. The signing cannot become official until 4:00 PM ET, though, and we'll see who else the 49ers add to the backfield in free agency or in the draft.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon says he wants to be "the guy."

McKinnon told reporters he doesn't "put in all the work in the offseason to come back and be in this role," while adding the role worked out well but he wants "bigger and better things" for himself. The role certainly did work out well for McKinnon this year, as he formed an excellent backfield combination with Latavius Murray after Dalvin Cook went down for the year with a torn ACL in Week 4. McKinnon will hit free agency this spring, and it doesn't look like he'll be back in Minnesota unless other teams aren't interested enough in giving him a large role. However, because running back is such a deep position and will be again in this year's draft, it might not be extremely likely that McKinnon is able to find a team that's going to pay him as the clear top guy in the backfield.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon catches 11 passes in NFC Championship loss.

McKinnon caught 11 passes for 86 yards in the 38-7 defeat. He also rushed 10 times for 40 yards. Minnesota was forced to pass throughout the entire second half as the Eagles jumped out to a 24-7 halftime lead, and their receiving back benefitted with underneath receptions. With Dalvin Cook set to be 100% for training camp and Latavius Murray still under contract, there's a good chance McKinnon, a free agent, will sign elsewhere for 2018, so his fantasy value will be dependent on his landing spot.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon scores in playoff win.

McKinnon rushed eight times for 34 yards and touchdown, which came from 14 yards out in the first quarter. He also caught three passes for six yards. McKinnon will probably used more as a receiver in the NFC Championship against Philadelphia next Sunday to offset the aggressive defense of the Eagles. Hopefully that game is as good as Minnesota's win over New Orleans.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets 12 carries in Week 17.

McKinnon gained 44 yards on his 12 attempts. After Dalvin Cook (ACL) went down in Week 4, McKinnon and Latavius Murray have formed an excellent backfield tandem for the Vikings and will look to continue it in the postseason. McKinnon ended up with 150 carries for 570 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns along with 51 receptions for 421 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets eight touches versus Green Bay.

McKinnon mixed in the backfield behind Latavius Murray just as he has been for most of the season, and he again ran very well with his opportunity, picking up positive yardage. He had seven carries for 42 yards along with one reception (on two targets) for nine yards in the Week 16 victory. The combination of Murray and McKinnon is one of the most underrated in the NFL, and they'll look to keep it going next week against the Bears. McKinnon is more of a fantasy option in PPR leagues than standard.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon goes over 100 yards through the air in 34-7 win.

McKinnon led the team with seven receptions for 114 yards against the Bengals, adding nine carries for 24 yards. Cincinnati simply allowed the underneath stuff as Case Keenum picked them apart, and McKinnon was consistently available for him out of the backfield. Latavius Murray is the top option in the backfield, but McKinnon is worth considering as a FLEX option in standard leagues on Saturday night against the Packers, especially after dual-threat Christian McCaffrey just had success against them.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon handles nine touches in Week 14 loss.

McKinnon rushed seven times for 46 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. The dynamic back has settled in behind Latavius Murray as a change-of-pace option, but despite two fewer touches, he was able to out-gain him on Sunday. It was still a disappointing performance for those who relied on him in the fantasy playoffs, but McKinnon remains a FLEX play with a boost in PPR leagues when Minnesota takes on Cincinnati in Week 15.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon scores in win over the Falcons.

McKinnon rushed nine times for 24 yards and caught five passes for 28 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a two-yard reception in the second quarter after Latavius Murray rumbled down near the goal line, and McKinnon finished it off. The Vikings travel to Carolina in Week 14, but they are as hot as anyone right now, so McKinnon is still a good RB2 in PPR leagues and a decent FLEX in standard leagues.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets 14 touches against the Lions.

McKinnon couldn't get much going against Detroit, carrying 13 times for 23 yards while adding a 31-yard reception. The reception came on a nice play-call on a screen pass, and McKinnon did also have a 16-yard carry in the game. Overall, the Lions did a pretty good job of limiting the dynamic back. Still, he's getting enough touches behind Latavius Murray to remain a solid option in fantasy lineups.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon handles 19 touches in win over the Rams.

McKinnon rushed 14 times for 48 yards and caught five passes for 12 yards, but Latavius Murray out-gained him with 15 carries for 95 yards and two scores in a 24-7 victory. The impressive backfield tandem should split the work on Thanksgiving against Detroit, but the healthy Murray is a better fantasy option in standard leagues. Consider McKinnon a low-end RB2/FLEX play.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets 12 touches in Week 10.

McKinnon carried ten times for 32 yards and caught two passes (on two targets) for 15 yards. Latavius Murray started the game and again received more carries, but McKinnon will still get enough opportunities to make an impact. Consider McKinnon a FLEX option right now, with a boost in PPR leagues.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon totals 122 yards in Week 8 win.

Latavius Murray started the game and received more carries against the Browns, but McKinnon did more damage with his carries, gaining 50 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown while also adding six receptions (on ten targets) for 72 yards. Overall, McKinnon again ran hard and showed very good vision and balance, picking up positive yardage while taking advantage of openings created by his offensive line. The touchdown was on a jet sweep, and McKinnon added a two-point conversion right after. Minnesota has a bye next week, but McKinnon will be a good option when they return in Week 10.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets 17 touches in Vikings' win.

McKinnon carried 14 times for 47 yards and caught three passes (on three targets) for ten yards against the Ravens. Latavius Murray (18 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown) had a big breakout game, so McKinnon probably won't be the lead guy moving forward. But the Vikings might still stick with a hot-hand approach, and his 17 touches are more than enough to make a fantasy impact. McKinnon will be a FLEX option against Cleveland in Week 8.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon handles 21 touches, scores twice in Week 6 win.

McKinnon rushed 16 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, adding five catches for 30 yards and another score through the air. The versatile back out-touched Latavius Murray 21 to 16 and out-gained him 99 to 37, despite Murray getting the start again. It seems like Minnesota has blocked a little better for McKinnon, but he's doing a great job of finding the hole and accelerating through it. There are concerns about whether or not he can handle this workload for an extended period of time, but fantasy owners should play him every week as an RB2 option. He gets the Ravens in Week 7.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon plays great in Week 5.

With Dalvin Cook out, McKinnon and Latavius Murray split work in the backfield, but McKinnon had the hot hand and ended up receiving more carries in the game. He actually led the team in both rushing and receiving, carrying 16 times for 95 yards and a touchdown while adding six receptions for 51 yards. The touchdown was a 58-yard run, the longest touchdown run of his career, where he received excellent blocking and zoomed to the end zone. All night, he ran hard and wasn't afraid to lower his shoulder despite not being the biggest guy. 20+ touches on a weekly basis might be a bit of a stretch, but McKinnon is in the FLEX conversation for Week 6 against the Packers—though he does have slight risk if the Vikings decide to scale back his workload.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets two touches in Week 4.

McKinnon carried two times for zero yards and did not catch either of his targets (including one on third down), and he had a fumble on a wildcat play. Moving forward without Dalvin Cook, McKinnon will almost certainly mix in more on offense, but Latavius Murray will likely be the lead guy in the backfield. McKinnon is worth more of a look in PPR leagues than standard.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets two carries in Week 3.

He had the same stats as Latavius Murray on the ground, as he picked up five yards on his two rushing attempts. McKinnon did also add two receptions for -1 yards. Dalvin Cook is in full control of the backfield for fantasy purposes.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets six Week-2 touches.

McKinnon carried three times for 16 yards and had three receptions for nine yards. Minnesota could not get much going offensively without their starting quarterback, but McKinnon is a risky fantasy option even if Sam Bradford is healthy for Week 3.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon gets six touches in Vikings' Week 1 win.

McKinnon had three carries for five yards while adding three receptions for 32 yards. He worked ahead of Latavius Murray in the game and had a screen set up for him which went for 25 yards. As long as Dalvin Cook is on the field, McKinnon is unlikely to be a good fantasy option.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon leads Vikings in rushing in Week 3 of the preseason.

McKinnon had seven carries for 27 yards and added four receptions (on four targets) for 31 yards. He also returned a kick 108 yards for a touchdown, and it certainly looks like he has that spot locked up. On offense, he's behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray, but he'll mix in some—likely not enough to have much fantasy value this season though.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon plays behind Dalvin Cook in second preseason game versus Seattle.

The rookie Cook took every snap except for one or two with the first-team offense, as McKinnon got a couple touches. He had one carry for -6 yards, where he was hit immediately in the backfield. And he also had an eight-yard reception from Sam Bradford. McKinnon did start the game as the team's kick returner, so he's in the mix there. It doesn't look like McKinnon will have much fantasy value to start the season, though he will contribute to the Vikings in real life.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has been out since Thursday with an injury.

It's not known what the injury is, but it's believed to be minor, according to multiple reports. With McKinnon out, rookie Dalvin Cook has been taking advantage of almost all of the first-team reps because Latavius Murray is still on the PUP as he recovers from offseason ankle surgery. McKinnon and Murray will both be factors in Minnesota's backfield, but the talented Cook might snatch and not give back the role as the lead back if they are out for much longer.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon says not to count him out in battle for starting running back job.

The Vikings brought in Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook in the draft and free agency, but McKinnon feels he can compete to start. McKinnon, who worked out with Adrian Peterson at Peterson's gym in Houston this offseason, has put on muscle and is up to 211 pounds after being 200 pounds last season, but he says he's still faster. McKinnon has the advantage of being with the team for three seasons and being in Pat Shurmur's offense for a year. He's an explosive player and will likely have at least a role in the Vikings' offense. This could be a full RBBC this season.

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 89 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's win over Chicago.

McKinnon will finish the season with 539 yards on 159 carries (3.4 YPC) and two touchdowns, but he was playing behind the worst offensive line in the NFL. If Adrian Peterson is done in Minnesota and the Vikings don't add a starting running back, McKinnon should be drafted as an RB2 next summer.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon catches all nine Week 15 targets.

He had three carries for 12 yards and nine catches for 59 yards against the Colts. The Vikings passed a lot more than they would have liked, after falling behind quickly to the Colts. With Adrian Peterson back, McKinnon is more of a PPR FLEX option now.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon totals 69 yards in Vikings win over Jaguars.

McKinnon had 14 carries for 31 yards and caught all six targets for 38 yards. McKinnon is getting enough work to be a good fantasy option, but the Vikings offensive line makes it tough for him to have huge fantasy days. He's a FLEX option next week against the Colts.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

McKinnon catches clutch touchdown, but Vikings fall to Cowboys.

With less than 30 seconds and down eight, McKinnon caught a three-yard score to cut the lead to 17-15, but a blown call on the two-point conversion attempt ended the game. McKinnon finished with nine carries for 41 yards and five catches for 14 yards and the score. If the Vikings fall out of it, they could make Adrian Peterson sit the rest of the year, but the offensive line play makes McKinnon a low-floor play no matter what.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon totals 75+ yards against the Lions.

McKinnnon had nine carries for 31 yards and three catches for 45 yards. There wasn't much room on the ground, but McKinnon broke off a couple nice runs by using his good vision and quickness. He had a long reception for 41 yards that really helped his day. McKinnon will be a FLEX option against the Cowboys next Thursday night.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Jerick McKinnon works as the Vikings clear number one running back.

He had 16 carries for 44 yards and one catch for -3 yards. The good news is he worked well ahead of Ronnie Hillman. Asiata did get a goal line carry for a touchdown, which is expected. McKinnon ran well considering the poor blocking. He’ll be a decent FLEX option on Thanksgiving this week.

Jerick McKinnon | 49ers RB

Vikings run game can't get going in loss to Redskins.

McKinnon had six carries for 16 yards in the game and was the Vikings' leading rusher. McKinnon is worth keeping on your roster in case he breaks out, but do not put him in your lineup until he does something. Things won't get easier against the Cardinals this week.

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