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RB Jerick McKinnon - Minnesota Vikings

5-9, 209Born: 5-3-1992College: Georgia SouthernDrafted: Round 3

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2016 Week 17 vs CHI (16 / 89 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)

It's been a tough slog behind the Vikings offensive line this year, but Sunday saw a better than average effort on their part against a lackluster Bears front seven. McKinnon had the good fortune to see a lot of open space and well-blocked gaps, and he showed why people were actually excited to see what he could do when Adrian Peterson went down. McKinnon showed off his receiving skills as well, with a 16-yard touchdown on a swing pass in the first quarter. After Sam Bradford delivered the ball, McKinnon accelerated towards the sideline, sidestepping a diving Bears defender then zooming down the sideline and diving for the cone for the score. McKinnon also scored in the fourth quarter out of the Wildcat, faking a handoff and then showing his speed to get around the corner and upfield for the score (with a nice block from Adam Thielen).

2016 Week 16 vs GB (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Despite facing the No. 9 run defense in the NFL, McKinnon had some success on Saturday. Interestingly, McKinnon's first two touches were passes, not carries. He was frequently thrown too throughout the day as the Vikings desperately tried to claw their way back into the game from early 14-3 and 28-13 deficits. McKinnon had one of his more effective days running, though, showing some nice burst and good vision as he ran well behind a shaky offensive line.

2016 Week 15 vs IND (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 59 / 0 rec)

Adrian Peterson took over the lead back job again but once the game got out of hand, McKinnon got on the field instead. Peterson isn't great in pass protection or receiving, and the Vikings needed to go with the backs who gave them greater protection. That led to McKinnon being on the field a lot more than Peterson. He barely carried the ball, though, instead leading the team with nine receptions. He was also the target on what should have been Sam Bradford's second interception of the day, a short dump pass right to the defender which was negated due to a roughing the passer penalty which was a bit iffy. Otherwise, McKinnon struggled to run the ball and the majority of his targets were short, dump down passes.

2016 Week 14 vs JAX (14 / 31 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 38 / 0 rec)

McKinnon struggled behind an offensive line which lost another player to injury and generally didn't block well on rushing plays. Luckily for him he can catch the ball, and he led the team in targets, catching all six of them. He continues to get more carries than Matt Asiata (14-11 this week) and is more involved in the passing game, but with the line blocking the way it does, he just doesn't get enough room to run. McKinnon is not proving to be a player who can create his own yards, and this offensive line isn't helping him at all.

2016 Week 13 vs DAL (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 14 / 1 rec)

McKinnon had one of his better days, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, but continuing to get hit too often behind the line of scrimmage. It is far too easy for teams to stack the line and swarm the ballcarrier when there is no threat of the quarterback stretching the field out. McKinnon hasn't looked as good as we'd hoped, but some of his struggles fall at the feet of an abominable offensive line. His one saving grace on the day was a touchdown reception near the end of the game. On the play, McKinnon appeared to be running a drag route across the shallow-middle of the field, but suddenly cut back into the flat, leaving his defenders confused. After losing his footing and almost falling, McKinnon caught a short pass from Sam Bradford and easily scored.

2016 Week 12 vs DET (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

McKinnon continues to struggle behind an awful offensive line, but ended up with a somewhat productive day since he added 45 yards through the air. McKinnon was met by defenders at or behind the line of scrimmage all day and just couldn't get any space to breathe. He also didn't get much use in the red zone once again, the only rushing touchdown going to short yardage specialist Matt Asiata. McKinnon was only on the field for 37 - or 63% - of the offensive snaps.

2016 Week 11 vs ARI (16 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

While we thought Ronnie Hillman would get a bigger piece of the pie, that hasn't happened, although Jerick McKinnon has continued to struggle behind a bad offensive line. He did do a nice job gaining first downs on a couple of drives late in the game but too often he was hampered by defensive players who hit him at or behind the line.

2016 Week 10 vs WAS (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

As has been the case all season long, the ground game never got going for the Vikings. McKinnon found little room to run and was in on only 32 of 67 offensive snaps, though that is more than any other back.

2016 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McKinnon was completely off the field on passing downs, and got killed at or behind the line of scrimmage. He may still be hurt, as McKinnon didn't seem confident when running and had a hard time hitting the holes quickly and getting to the second level. There's a good chance he loses downs to Ronnie Hillman soon.

2016 Week 5 vs HOU (20 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

For McKinnon, this was a tail of two games. There's the good McKinnon, who totaled a lot of yards early, gashed the Houston defense several times while showing off some nice agility. And there's Struggling McKinnon who got clobbered behind the line for much of the day. It was a mixed bag for McKinnon on Sunday, with a solid run followed up by a lot of spinning his wheels.

2016 Week 4 vs NYG (18 / 85 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

McKinnon has taken over the lead role in the backfield, on the field for 46 out of 74 offensive snaps compared to just 29 for Matt Asiata. The carries bear that out as well, as McKinnon carried the rock 18 times compared to just six for Asiata. The presence of McKinnon in the backfield instead of Adrian Peterson continues to open opportunities for the offense which were not there before, and while he's not piling up the yards doing so, McKinnon sees his fair share of targets as well. The Vikings offensive line did a nice job Monday night, stymieing a defense which had allowed just 84 yards per game on the ground (the Vikings combined for 104 Monday) and opening lanes for McKinnon. His best run came late in the first, a 25-yard off-tackle play where the Vikings pulled two linemen to seal off the outside edge, springing McKinnon for a big gain. They also did a great job on McKinnon's touchdown, a 4-yard play which sealed the game early in the fourth quarter, again pulling a guard to seal off the inside lane which McKinnon waltzed through, untouched.

2016 Week 3 vs CAR (16 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

McKinnon had a hard time behind a bad offensive line which was not only without left tackle Matt Kalil, but lost left guard Alex Boone early in the game. All of the yards McKinnon got in the first half were hard to come by, and took massive effort. On his first run, a 4-yard scramble, he collided with tacklers at the line of scrimmage, broke away from the defender, moved to his left and gained a few more yards before being brought down. McKinnon also struggled at times picking up blitzing defenders in the first half, getting rolled at one point on a sack by linebacker Thomas Davis. McKinnon improved his pass blocking later on, though, and helped buy quarterback Sam Bradford time make his throws in the second half. Unfortunately, it was still very tough sledding on the ground for McKinnon, who continued to fight hard for minimal yards. McKinnon was on the field far more than Matt Asiata, stepping in for 35 percent of the offensive snaps to Asiata's 35 percent (35 vs. 19 snaps) and looks to be getting most of the work even if Asiata gets the start.

2016 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

After Adrian Peterson left with a knee injury, McKinnon got his two carries. He struggled to gain any traction on either of them and two carries isn't enough to get him into a rhythm. If Peterson is out, he is likely to get the bulk of the carries, as he did with Peterson's suspension in 2014.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

McKinnon is pretty much sidelined with Adrian Peterson the chief back, and the issues with the defense stacking the box made it even less likely he would see the field for more than a couple of snaps.


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