Jerick McKinnon

Jerick McKinnon

32-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The veteran running back spent the last three seasons in Kansas City and earned two Super Bowl rings, but McKinnon only had one truly productive campaign during that time, scoring 10 total touchdowns in 2022 and posting career-best receiving numbers. Even at 32 years old he still offers enough speed and elusiveness to be dangerous if he gets the ball in the open field, but he's been far less effective in his career between the tackles and has had trouble staying healthy in recent years. A free agent, McKinnon might find work as part of a backfield committee. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.32 million contract with the Chiefs in May of 2023.
Back in action for Super Bowl
RBKansas City Chiefs
February 11, 2024
McKinnon (groin) is listed as active for Super Bowl LVIII against the 49ers on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Since his last appearance Week 15, McKinnon was placed on injured reserve Dec. 24 and subsequently underwent surgeries to address a sports hernia and a fractured pelvis on Jan. 2. As the regular season came to a close, there was a belief that he wouldn't be able to return in the playoffs, but he bucked those thoughts when the Chiefs designated him for return Feb. 3. Thereafter, he put together three consecutive limited practices this week, which was enough to be listed as questionable on the team's final injury report for the Super Bowl. Kansas City then activated McKinnon on Saturday, and he'll now suit up for Sunday's game. Isiah Pacheco is the clear lead runner for the Chiefs, but McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be available for any RB reps that linger.
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How do Jerick McKinnon's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
81.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
46.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.3
 
Rushing TD %
4.8%
 
Touches Per Game
3.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
18.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
5.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.1%
 
Drop Rate
3.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.9
 
% Targeted On Route
18.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.12
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jerick McKinnon's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
209 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.41 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.12 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.83 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.5 in
 
Broad Jump
132 in
 
Bench Press
32 reps
 
Hand Length
8.63 in
 
Arm Length
30.25 in
 
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It's unclear if McKinnon will open the season as the team's primary passing-down back over 2020 first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but if the Chiefs take the "If it ain't broke ... " approach then it's difficult to see why they would tinker with the formula that worked for them last year. McKinnon played last season on a contract with no guaranteed money, yet Kansas City rode him over Edwards-Helaire when the stakes were highest. So long as he holds off Edwards-Helaire, McKinnon should continue to see favorable pass-catching opportunities behind starter Isiah Pacheco. Defenses can't afford to pay attention to him in the passing game, so McKinnon has a way of running uncovered on many of his targets, which is how many of his nine receiving touchdowns came last year. He won't repeat that number, but he may be useful in PPR leagues if he dominates the team's RB targets again.
McKinnon handled a prominent role on offense during Kansas City's playoff run last season, both as a runner and receiver, and he now rejoins Clyde Edwards-Helaire and free-agent addition Ronald Jones in the backfield. On 48 touches through three playoff games in 2021, McKinnon racked up 315 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. This season, he'll compete for with Derrick Gore and Isiah Pacheco for depth slotting behind the top duo.
The 49ers signed McKinnon to a four-year deal in 2018 and wound up getting only one healthy season out of him. And while he suited up all 16 games in 2020, he mostly filled a reserve role on passing downs. McKinnon started the year off with a bang, finding the end zone in each of the first four games while putting together 195 scrimmage yards, but as the season progressed, coach Kyle Shanahan showed a preference for Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson when he had the choice. Elite athleticism has always been McKinnon's calling card, but it hasn't always translated into consistent production, and losing two years to knee surgeries may have cost him a step or two. Signed by Kansas City in the offseason, he'll battle Darrel Williams for snaps behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and while he might have the skills to impress in Andy Reid's scheme, McKinnon likely won't see the volume necessary to make a big fantasy impact.
It's been a long two years for McKinnon, who has yet to suit up for a regular-season snap since signing a big free-agent contract with the 49ers in March 2018. The team is giving him one last chance on a restructured deal, and if McKinnon is finally healthy again, there's still reason for some extremely cautious optimism. Before tearing his ACL two years ago, he showed the speed and receiving skills to be an effective weapon on passing downs, and while he lacks vision and patience as a runner between the tackles, he can still do plenty of damage in open space - something Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme is notorious for creating for its running backs. Last season's breakout star, Raheem Mostert, heads the backfield entering 2020, and Tevin Coleman (a back with similar strengths and weaknesses to McKinnon) also remains on hand, but if the former Viking can stay in one piece, there should be touches available for him in one of the league's most explosive rushing attacks.
Big things were expected from McKinnon last year after he left Minnesota to join coach Kyle Shanahan's RB-friendly offense in San Francisco, but a torn ACL suffered just before Week 1 ended his season before it began. A healthy McKinnon possesses a wealth of athletic gifts and showed flashes of power, speed and receiving skills with the Vikings, but his lack of experience as a running back (he was an option QB in college) has always restricted his vision and ability to set up blocks. Shanahan has a knack for scheming guys open and getting them the ball in space, so McKinnon's flaws might not be as big of a limiting factor with the 49ers. What will limit his ceiling is the addition of running back Tevin Coleman from Atlanta, as well as the continued presence of Matt Breida, who totaled 1,075 scrimmage yards last season. McKinnon still seems to have a place in the team's backfield plans (San Francisco allowed his 2019 salary to become guaranteed rather than releasing him before April 1) but even Shanahan's system will have trouble finding enough touches for three running backs. McKinnon was in danger of being the odd man out even before his preseason knee issues cast his Week 1 availability into doubt. It's no longer clear when or if he'll be ready to play.
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.
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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Trending toward playing Sunday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Groin
February 11, 2024
McKinnon (groin) remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers after being activated from injured reserve Saturday, but he's expected to play in Super Bowl LVIII, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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Activated for Super Bowl
RBKansas City Chiefs
Sports Hernia
February 10, 2024
McKinnon (groin) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, though the running back is still a game-time decision for Sunday's Super Bowl against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Listed as questionable for SB LVIII
RBKansas City Chiefs
Sports Hernia
February 9, 2024
McKinnon (groin) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl against San Francisco on Sunday.
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Another limited session
RBKansas City Chiefs
Sports Hernia
February 8, 2024
McKinnon (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
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Limited in practice Wednesday
RBKansas City Chiefs
Groin
February 7, 2024
McKinnon (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Could reunite with Chiefs
RBFree Agent
May 18, 2024
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com thinks the Chiefs could opt to bring McKinnon back for the 2024 season.
ANALYSIS
MacKinnon remains unsigned after spending the past three seasons as a pass-catching specialist out of the backfield for the Chiefs. Kansas City hasn't added much in the way of backfield depth behind Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the offseason, so it would make sense for the Chiefs to bring back the 32-year-old McKinnon and run it back for a third time with the same backfield combination that helped the team win the last two Super Bowls.
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