Jerick McKinnon
Jerick McKinnon
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
San Francisco 49ers
IR
Injury Knee - ACL
2018 Fantasy Outlook
McKinnon showed flashes of upside last season in a backup role for the Vikings behind Dalvin Cook and eventually Latavius Murray, highlighted by career highs in rushing yards, catches, receiving yards and TDs. While his 3.8 YPC wasn't all that impressive, McKinnon performed well enough on the ground that the 49ers snapped him up in free agency to replace Carlos Hyde, inking him to a four-year, $30 million deal. McKinnon's raw athleticism has always been his calling card after a big combine catapulted the converted college option QB into the third round of the 2014 draft, and he's finally begun adding football skills to his speed, power and burst, honing his craft as both a receiving option and pass blocker. He still lacks the vision and patience as a runner to take full advantage of his gifts, but moving into Kyle Shanahan's offense drastically altered his ceiling. Unfortunately for the 49ers, the plan fell apart shortly before Week 1 when McKinnon suffered a torn ACL during practice. Breida and Alfred Morris are now expected to split work in the backfield. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2018.
Recovering from surgery
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee - ACL
September 14, 2018
McKinnon had surgery Tuesday to repair an ACL tear that's believed to be "pretty clean," Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
ANALYSIS
The report doesn't provide any specifics but might be taken as a hint that McKinnon avoided major damage to the other ligaments in his knee. If so, the timing of the injury should allow him to return for Week 1 of next season, though he still has a grueling rehab process ahead. Meanwhile, Alfred Morris and Matt Breida are forming a timeshare in the San Francisco backfield.
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Snap Counts
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
511
4
2017
528
70
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 9"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   205 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.41 sec
GREAT
Shuttle Time:   4.12 sec
GREAT
Cone Drill:   6.83 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   30.25 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.63 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   41 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   132 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   32 reps
ELITE
San Francisco 49ers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
McKinnon saw a career-high 202 touches last season thanks to Adrian Peterson's inability to stay on the field, but he wasn't able to do much with the added workload as his YPC plummeted in a larger role. The Vikings' issues on the offensive line certainly played a role in that performance, as the converted college option quarterback is still relatively inexperienced as a runner, and his struggles finding and exploiting holes were exacerbated by a line that couldn't create them consistently. McKinnon's speed and elusiveness still flashed on occasion, mainly as a receiving option, but the Vikings made it clear that they don't view him as a long-term answer when they signed Latavius Murray and then drafted Dalvin Cook in the second round. Now buried on the depth chart, McKinnon may struggle to find snaps in 2017.
Even on a team with Adrian Peterson, you wonder why McKinnon doesn't get additional reps. He averaged over six yards per touch last year and secured 72 percent of his targets, looking notably improved from his rookie year. Ball security has never been an issue here, as McKinnon doesn't have a fumble as a pro. Peterson has been remarkably durable for most of his career — running style be damned— so McKinnon might be limited to lottery-ticket and stash-and-hope status for 2016. But he has the look of someone who could be an instant fantasy difference-maker if he were forced to start at any point this year.
A third-round draft pick last year after a jaw-dropping Combine performance, McKinnon was expected to serve as little more than Adrian Peterson's rookie understudy. He suddenly found himself in the spotlight, though, when Peterson was suspended and Matt Asiata proved to be little more than a short-yardage specialist. Somewhat undersized at 5-9, 208, McKinnon was an option quarterback most of his college career at Georgia Southern, and he still needs polish as an running back. He can flash outstanding speed and elusiveness in space, along with the burst to explode into the hole, but he lacks the vision to consistently find those holes and has trouble at times turning his gym strength into running power and broken tackles. He improved in those areas as the year progressed before a Week 12 back injury ended his season. With Peterson back this season, McKinnon will return to a depth role, but more time spent learning at the feet of one of the greatest backs in NFL history can only help his development.
McKinnon's impressive measurables at the NFL Combine – including 32 bench-press reps, which led all running backs, and a 4.37 40 time – boosted his draft stock enough to entice the Vikings into utilizing a third-round pick to secure his services. After running for 2,867 yards and 32 touchdowns while splitting time between quarterback and running back (but mostly running back) his last two years at Georgia Southern, he should have a chance to beat out the singularly unexciting Matt Asiata for the right to back up Adrian Peterson. At 5-9, 208, McKinnon will likely have to bulk up some before he can handle every-down NFL duties and is very raw as a receiver, but he's a tremendous athlete who can make things happen with the ball in his hands.
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Officially on IR
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee - ACL
September 3, 2018
The 49ers placed McKinnon (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFLNetwork reports.
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ACL tear confirmed
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee - ACL
September 1, 2018
McKinnon sustained a torn ACL in his right knee at Saturday's team workout, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Suffers non-contact knee injury
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee
September 1, 2018
McKinnon (calf) suffered a non-contact knee injury during Saturday's practice, eliciting concern from coach Kyle Shanahan, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. "Something with a knee, we'll find out later," Shanahan said. "We're nervous about it, that's for sure."
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Suffers unknown injury Saturday
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Calf
September 1, 2018
McKinnon (calf) was injured during a team workout Saturday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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Still doing conditioning work
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Calf
August 29, 2018
McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder) both went through conditioning drills in full uniform at Tuesday's practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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