Jerick McKinnon

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

Lead back in playoff loss

McKinnon rushed 12 times for 65 yards and caught three of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: McKinnon was the leading backfield option for the Chiefs, mustering 95 scrimmage yards on 15 touches compared to Clyde Edwards-Helaire's 40 yards on seven touches. The 29-year-old McKinnon will be a free agent this offseason, but his strong postseason performance as both a rusher and a pass-catcher should lead to a robust market for the running back, be it in Kansas City or elsewhere.

Jan 30, 2022 4:46 PM EST

Splits with Edwards-Helaire

McKinnon rushed 10 times for 24 yards and caught five of seven targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over Buffalo.

Analysis: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) made his return and was far more effective than McKinnon on the ground, with 60 yards on seven rushing attempts. McKinnon maintained a prominent role as a receiver, and he's clearly the best backfield option through the air in the pass-heavy Chiefs offense ahead of what could be another high-scoring affair in the AFC Championship Game against the Bengals.

Jan 23, 2022 11:00 PM EST

Excels in lead back role

McKinnon rushed 12 times for 61 yards and caught all six of his targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: The Chiefs' three-headed offensive monster shone in the finale of Sunday's meaty playoff schedule, but McKinnon was the surprising fourth standout fantasy performer for Kansas City. The veteran backup jumped from fourth on the depth chart up to primary rushing and receiving option out of the backfield with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) still sidelined and Darrel Williams (toe) not at 100 percent. Head coach Andy Reid simply rode the hottest hand, and McKinnon was certainly the hottest and freshest option available after recording just 12 rushing attempts over the course of the regular season. The 29-year-old could find himself taking on another large workload against the Bills next weekend if CEH is forced to miss another game. For those gambling on a potential Edwards-Helaire return, it may be a savvy strategy to lock in the unders on McKinnon's single-stat categories in over/under parlay DFS formats early in the week.

Jan 16, 2022 11:49 PM EST

Season-high five carries in finale

McKinnon finished out the regular season with a season-high five carries for 24 yards and three grabs for 26 yards and a score Sunday against the Broncos.

Analysis: McKinnon latched on with the Chiefs during the offseason as a depth running back on a one-year deal and served exactly that purpose, compiling 25 touches over the 13 games he appeared in this season. He could play sparingly in the playoffs as well before hitting free agency again this offseason.

Jan 11, 2022 12:12 PM EST

Minimal contribution in return

McKinnon didn't record any stats in his return to action Sunday but did record four offensive snaps and 12 special teams snaps.

Analysis: McKinnon may be as low as fourth on the Chiefs' depth chart at running back with Derrick Gore having emerged as an option behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) and Darrel Williams. It's possible McKinnon will see a few more snaps in future weeks, but it's unlikely he will play enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration in most formats.

Jan 4, 2022 11:10 AM EST

Activated off IR

McKinnon (hamstring) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) now out for Sunday's pivotal matchup against the Bengals, McKinnon could provide some valuable depth behind Darrel Williams and Derrick Gore. The veteran change-of-pace back has played just 136 offensive snaps through 11 games and is almost guaranteed to register a career low in carries and receptions.

Jan 1, 2022 10:23 AM EST

Designated for return

McKinnon (hamstring) was designated for return from IR on Wednesday, Matt Derrick of reports.

Analysis: Kansas City will have three weeks to bring McKinnon back onto the active roster, and he'll be eligible to practice with his teammates in the meantime. Given the uncertainty over the health of Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder), McKinnon could provide valuable backfield depth down the stretch if he's healthy enough to play.

Dec 29, 2021 3:26 PM EST

Moved to IR

McKinnon (hamstring) was put on injured reserve Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The running back suffered the hamstring injury in Week 11 against the Cowboys, but will now miss at least three weeks before he can be activated. McKinnon's absence is unlikely to have much of an impact on the team's backfield touches which were already dominated by Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams.

Nov 30, 2021 2:32 PM EST

Not returning Sunday

McKinnon (hamstring) won't return to Sunday's game versus the Chiefs.

Analysis: McKinnon's only contribution to the box score was a tackle on the opening kickoff, which is no surprise with Clyde Edwards-Helaire back in the lineup after a five-game absence. The Chiefs are left with Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and fullback Michael Burton out of the backfield.

Nov 21, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Questionable to return Sunday

McKinnon (hamstring) is questionable to return Sunday against the Cowboys, Matt Derrick of reports.

Analysis: McKinnon didn't record a touch before suffering a hamstring injury that forced him to leave the Chiefs' Week 11 contest in the first half. If McKinnon is unable to return, then Clyde Edwards-Helaire -- who Kansas City got back from IR this week -- and Darrel Williams will be the only healthy running backs on the Chiefs roster.

Nov 21, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Ties season high with four touches

McKinnon rushed three times for 26 yards and reeled in one of his three targets for six yards Sunday against the Cowboys.

Analysis: McKinnon is typically viewed as primarily a pass-catching back but has reeled in only 10 of the 17 passes tossed his direction so far this season and only has seven carries under the belt. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on the cusp of a return, McKinnon's usage only figures to trend down moving forward.

Nov 16, 2021 10:09 AM EST

Slight uptick in Week 9 usage

McKinnon reeled in all three of his targets for 26 yards Sunday versus the Packers.

Analysis: McKinnon didn't receive any touches last week against the Giants but got a bit more involved Sunday. He's primarily a pass-catching option out of the backfield who can contribute on third downs, so his upside from a fantasy point will presumably remain limited.

Nov 9, 2021 8:31 AM EST

Minimal Week 8 usage

McKinnon played just 13 offensive snaps in Monday's game versus the Giants.

Analysis: McKinnon didn't wind up with any carries for a second straight week and didn't make any catches either. Derrick Gore notably played more snaps than him as well, so there isn't much to like in terms of McKinnon's fantasy prospects.

Nov 2, 2021 1:04 PM EST

Muted usage in Week 7

McKinnon compiled a pair of catches for 17 yards on four targets Sunday versus the Titans.

Analysis: McKinnon didn't carry the ball once and saw just 20 snaps Sunday despite Clyde Edwards-Helaire being unavailable for the contest. With CEH's return eventually coming, it doesn't seem like McKinnon will possess much fantasy value barring Darrel Williams joining Edwards-Helaire on the sidelines.

Oct 26, 2021 10:38 AM EST

Minimal bump in Week 6 usage

McKinnon rushed three times for 10 yards and reeled in one pass for another five yards on four targets Sunday versus Washington.

Analysis: McKinnon was involved a bit more in the offense this week, finishing with four touches compared to just three last week while amassing a season-high four targets. That being said, he actually played a smaller snap share (28 percent) than he did last week (32 percent) and doesn't seem to have enough usage to warrant fantasy consideration in most formats.

Oct 19, 2021 11:02 AM EST

In line for more work

McKinnon is slated for more touches for at least the next three games after the Chiefs placed Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his left knee after his early departure from Kansas City's Week 5 loss to the Bills. During that contest, McKinnon received a season-high 32 percent share of the offensive snaps, but he managed just one carry for two yards and two catches (on two targets) for 13 yards. Meanwhile, new presumptive starting RB Darrel Williams logged 41 percent of the plays on offense en route to eight touches for 45 total yards. Williams is expected to be the early down and goal line back in Edwards-Helaire's place, but McKinnon's pass-catching ability should result in a regular role moving forward.

Oct 15, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Logs season-high 25 snaps

McKinnon ran once for two yards and caught both of his targets for 13 yards Sunday against the Bills.

Analysis: McKinnon entered the equation a bit more Sunday after Clyde Edwards-Helaire left the contest due to a knee injury that turned out to be an MCL sprain. With CEH potentially missing multiple weeks due to the injury, McKinnon figures to slot in as the primary backup for Darrel Williams in that span. However, the Chiefs could also elect to add a running back from another club, which could dilute the backfield totes further.

Oct 12, 2021 10:22 AM EST

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

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