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Jerick McKinnon

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #21
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #21
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Jerick McKinnon News

Still buried on depth chart

McKinnon played four offensive snaps and reeled in his lone target for 14 yards Sunday against the Ravens.

Analysis: McKinnon is essentially a special teams player at this point with occasional involvement on offense and that's unlikely to change as long as Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams remain healthy. Otherwise, he should remain off the fantasy radar in the vast majority of formats.

Sep 21, 2021 4:15 PM EST

Minimal snaps in Week 1

McKinnon tallied just four offensive snaps and didn't record a run during Saturday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: McKinnon was brought in as a depth at running back and is an excellent pass-catching option out of the backfield. However, both Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams also perform well as receivers, leaving McKinnon on the outside looking for most of the snaps. He's unlikely to see the field much as long as both remain available.

Sep 14, 2021 2:59 PM EST

Starts at tailback

McKinnon rushed four times for 23 yards and caught his only target for four yards in Friday night's 28-25 preseason win over the Vikings.

Analysis: McKinnon started at running back but then alternated with Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore before getting back in on Kansas City's fourth drive. Although Thompson was kept relatively quiet, Gore totaled 106 yards on his 11 touches, which included an electric 56-yard touchdown from a screen pass in the third quarter. As all three players hope to be named the Chiefs' third tailback behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams, it'll be interesting to see who wins the job ahead of Week 1's matchup versus the Browns.

Aug 27, 2021 9:01 PM EST

Competing for third string spot

McKinnon turned in three carries for four yards and three catches for another 21 yards and a touchdown during Friday's preseason game versus the Cardinals.

Analysis: McKinnon was brought to Kansas City with the knowledge that he specializes as a receiving threat out of the backfield. While he was unable to get much done as a runner Friday, he took advantage of his opportunities as a receiver, snaring a five-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Per John Dillon of USA Today, McKinnon is in an important three-way battle with Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore to claim the No. 3 running back spot behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) and Darrel Williams (head), so the third preseason contest could be even more important.

Aug 22, 2021 1:15 AM EST

Looks good early in camp

McKinnon has impressed during the early stages of training camp, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports.

Analysis: While second-year pro Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the incumbent top running back in Kansas City, McKinnon has mixed in with the first-team offense during the first few practices of camp, per Nate Taylor of The Athletic. On Friday, Patrick Mahomes spoke glowingly of McKinnon, calling him "a playmaker that will be a big part of the offense." After missing the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to numerous right knee injuries, McKinnon didn't exactly impress in sporadic action with the 49ers last year, averaging 3.9 yards on his 81 carries, hauling in 33 of 46 passes and scoring six TDs in 16 games. More than likely, he'll vie for reps with Darrel Williams behind Edwards-Helaire in 2021.

Aug 2, 2021 3:26 PM EST

Jets off to KC

McKinnon is signing with the Chiefs, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports.

Analysis: After missing back-to-back seasons with knee injuries, McKinnon finally suited up for the 49ers in 2020, recording 572 total yards and six TDs in 16 games. He finished the season with only 3.9 YPC despite picking up 55 yards on a single run, as he averaged 14.5 carries for only 44.3 yards in his four starts. McKinnon turns 29 next week and likely will need to compete for a roster spot this summer.

Apr 30, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Plans to leave San Francisco

McKinnon said he won't be re-signing with the 49ers, reports.

Analysis: McKinnon used some pretty strong language, leaving no doubt he plans to find a new team. After missing the entire 2018 and 2019 campaigns, the veteran running back played all 16 games in 2020, taking 81 carries for 319 yards and five touchdowns and adding 33 catches for 253 yards and another score. McKinnon made starts in Weeks 3,4, 9 and 10, but he otherwise worked as a passing-down specialist, getting just four carries total in San Francisco's final six games of the season. He can become an unrestricted free agent in March, and he'll turn 29 in May.

Jan 21, 2021 8:16 AM EST

Just four touches on offense

McKinnon logged 10 offensive snaps (18 percent) Saturday, registering one carry for four yards and three receptions for 28 yards in a 20-12 win over Arizona.

Analysis: McKinnon was still used in a reserve/receiving role even with Raheem Mostert (ankle) missing the contest. Instead of deploying his usual two-back attack, head coach Kyle Shanahan used Jeff Wilson Jr. (22 carries for 183 yards) as a bell cow with incredible results. We should see a similar backfield setup in the 49ers' season finale against the Seahawks on Sunday, giving McKinnon little to no fantasy value in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Gets involved in passing game

McKinnon did not receive a carry but caught both of his targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Co-starters Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) both suffered injuries late in the game, so Tevin Coleman (three carries for 11 yards) and McKinnon were called into action. The former handled early down work and the latter was used in passing situations, a scenario that is likely to repeat itself if the aforementioned backs are unable to heal on a short week leading up to Saturday's tilt against Arizona. Neither veteran backup is particularly appealing from a fantasy perspective based on what we've seen from Coleman and McKinnon in limited action this year.

Dec 21, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Has zero offensive role Week 14

McKinnon did not receive an offensive snap during Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington.

Analysis: McKinnon tallied touchdowns in four consecutive games over 48 touches Weeks 1 through 4, but he's now gone scoreless in four straight, while his offensive role has completely dissipated. Raheem Mostert's Week 12 return from a high-ankle sprain has certainly played into McKinnon's reduced involvement. Jeff Wilson, too, has become a backfield fixture of late, with double-digit carries over two of the past three weeks.

Dec 15, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Active, but hardly utilized on MNF

McKinnon garnered zero carries or targets over two offensive snaps during Monday's 34-24 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Jeff Wilson (seven carries), Raheem Mostert (nine) and Tevin Coleman (two) split the RB workload for San Francisco in a game script that consisted of nearly twice as many pass attempts (39) compared to rushes (21). It appears McKinnon may be the odd man out with Coleman having returned from a month-long injury-induced absence. The 28-year-old does have six touchdowns to his name this season, but he's rushed for an uninspiring 3.9 yards per carry over 80 attempts.

Dec 8, 2020 3:16 PM EST

Totals 32 yards

McKinnon had three carries for 21 yards and caught two of three targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson had 16 and 12 carries, respectively, in their returns from injured reserve, leaving McKinnon to play a minor role. Playing time was split fairly even as none of three backs reached 30 offensive snaps, but Mostert and WIlson were clearing leading the backfield. McKinnon won't have fantasy relevance while they're healthy, especially with Tevin Coleman (knee) also nearing his return.

Dec 1, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Avoids injury report

McKinnon (neck) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McKinnon sustained a stinger in the 49ers' last game Week 10 at New Orleans, but with the benefit of the team's ensuing bye he managed to practice Wednesday and avoid any designation entirely to start Week 12 prep. Meanwhile, Tevin Coleman (knee) was limited, and San Francisco opened 21-day practice windows for Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) on Tuesday. Coach Kyle Shanahan termed each of the trio "day-to-day" Wednesday, so this backfield situation will be one to watch as the weekend approaches.

Nov 25, 2020 4:09 PM EST

Suffers stinger in loss

Coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints that McKinnon suffered a stinger late in the game, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: Prior to the injury, McKinnon rushed 18 times for 33 yards and caught one of three targets for 13 yards. Fellow running back JaMychal Hasty left earlier in the contest with a collarbone injury, but San Francisco will have the benefit of a bye next week to allow the team's injury-riddled backfield to heal up/

Nov 15, 2020 5:14 PM EST

Set for large workload

McKinnon may be in line for a significant workload with Tevin Coleman (knee) ruled out for Sunday's contest at New Orleans, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: McKinnon handled a 74-percent share of the snaps on offense Week 9 against the Packers with Coleman sidelined and Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson on IR with ankle sprains. The result was 15 touches for 68 yards from scrimmage and one TD, while JaMycal Hasty played 26 percent of the plays en route to six touches for 13 yards. A similar breakdown of RB reps seems likely Sunday against a Saints defense that has yielded 100.8 total yards per game and five touchdowns to running backs in eight games this season.

Nov 13, 2020 3:39 PM EST

Compiles 68 total yards in loss

McKinnon rushed 12 times for 52 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 16 yards in the 49ers' 34-17 loss to the Packers on Thursday night.

Analysis: McKinnon led the backfield in rushes with Raheem Mostert (IR-ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) both out, posting his highest carry total since Week 4. The seven-year pro had totaled just 13 carries combined over the previous four games, so Thursday's boost in workload was certainly encouraging from a fantasy perspective. McKinnon now also has five rushing touchdowns on the campaign, and he'll have a chance to add to that total in a touch matchup against the Saints in a Week 10 battle on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Nov 5, 2020 9:52 PM EST

Sharing work with Hasty in Week 9

McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty are expected to share the load at running back Thursday against the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area reports.

Analysis: With Tevin Coleman (knee) exiting early in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, McKinnon and Hasty finished the contest as the 49ers' only healthy backs. McKinnon held a 35-29 advantage in snaps, but he was largely relegated to a passing-down role, carrying three times for minus-1 yard and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 40 yards on four targets. Meanwhile, Hasty was the clear lead option on the ground, carrying 12 times (for 29 yards and a touchdown). The 49ers have ruled Coleman out for Thursday's game while Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) remain on injured reserve, so another McKinnon and Hasty timeshare should be on tap Week 9. McKinnon's pass-catching prowess could make for a useful lineup option in deeper PPR leagues, but he would likely lose more work to Hasty if the 49ers are able to sit on a lead for most of the contest and rely more on the running game.

Nov 5, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Leads all backs in snaps

McKinnon logged 35 offensive snaps (50 percent) en route to a final line of three carries for a loss of one yard, touchdown and four receptions for 40 yards in Sunday's 37-27 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Tevin Coleman (knee) returned to the field after a lengthy layoff before promptly re-injuring his knee, leaving McKinnon as the most-experienced back yet again. Despite leading all tail backs in snap share (50 percent), it was another undrafted rookie, JaMychal Hasty (12 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown), who took over the early-down work. McKinnon even had a receiving touchdown called back upon review, only to see his rookie counterpart finish the job and get credit for the score. With a quick turnaround heading into Thursday's tilt with Green Bay, it's unlikely that Coleman will be able to suit up after re-aggravating his knee injury. That leaves the combination of Hasty (early-down back) and McKinnon (third-down back) to share the workload, with the former being the more-desirable fantasy target if the recent distribution of carries sticks.

Nov 2, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Set to share load

McKinnon could be forced to share the load with Tevin Coleman (ankle) who was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The 49ers continue to make their backfield a frustrating endeavor to speculate on, as JaMycal Hasty was already considered a possible suspect to whittle into McKinnon's workload even before the news regarding Coleman's activation. Both Coleman and McKinnon were hardly effective ballcarriers in their most recent respective stints as the starter so a combination of all three running backs is certainly also in play. The only thing that's clear at the moment is someone will be named "a starter" come Sunday, but recent history suggests that designation means nothing when it comes to the fantasy prospects of 49ers running backs.

Oct 31, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Role set to expand

The 49ers may have to rely on McKinnon heavily in the coming weeks after Jeff Wilson (17 carries, 112 yards and three touchdowns) was carted off the field late in Sunday's 33-6 win over New England with high-ankle sprain, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The 49ers continue to be dealt blow after blow each week in terms of key players going down to injury, and this week it struck yet another 100-yard rusher in Wilson. It sounds like the fill-in starter will miss multiple weeks, opening the door for McKinnon -- who disappointed in what looked to be his game to shine -- moving forward. Head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned that he was trying to give McKinnon some rest after being used heavily in recent weeks and also dealing with a rib injury, but it sounds like he is ready to turn back to the veteran as a starter moving forward. Undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty shined in garbage time Sunday (nine carries for 57 yards), and also figures to be in the mix until Raheem Mostert (ankle) returns from injured reserve. Based on Shanahan's comments, we have to assume McKinnon will officially be named the starter for a key division matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday, with Hasty also sharing the workload.

Oct 26, 2020 12:52 PM EST

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