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Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/30/15) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...
"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.
The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.
"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."
McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.
Peterson return not ruining drive of Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/24/15) Jerick McKinnon had been planning to take over the featured back role full-time for the Vikings in the potential absence of Adrian Peterson.
So much for that. Peterson is still wearing a Minnesota uniform.
But that hasn't deterred McKinnon, who is still trying to prove he can be a three-down performer in the NFL. And running backs coach Kirby Wilson has noticed.
"Jerick is working on those things," Wilson told ESPN. "Trying to be three phases: a runner, protector and pass catcher and he knows it's a process. Something you have to put in the time and work ethic to get there and to his credit, he's doing that and I'm looking forward to training camp to see where he'll be when we make it real."
McKinnon thrived with Peterson out before back surgery prematurely ended his season. He averaged 4.8 yards on 113 carries and added 27 receptions.
Vikings' Jerick McKinnon: I want to be the starter if AP is not here
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/20/15) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier this week that he wants to be the top back if Adrian Peterson is not back in Minnesota for the 2015 season.
"If A.P. comes back, there's no doubt he's going to be the starter," McKinnon said. "But it's not going to change my mind-set or how I approach things or how I work. Whatever they do, my mind-set is to come in and be that guy next year.
"There's no doubt in my mind I can last the season," McKinnon said. "If that's something I have to prove, that's not a big deal for me. I'll prove it this year. I'm just really excited to get back out there with my teammates and coaches and show how far I've come since surgery."
McKinnon, 22, underwent back surgery in early December that cut his rookie season short. In 2014, he rushed for 538 yards on 113 attempts through 11 games.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon recovering from back surgery
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/15/15) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has nearly completed his rehab after having back surgery that cut his rookie season short.
"It's been pretty good. It's been a long process, but that's just the way it goes after surgery. I've been here all offseason working really hard," McKinnon said to the Star Tribune. "I've just been in the training room with [assistant athletic trainer] Tom Hunkele pushing myself to the limit and just trying to get back ready. It’s been a long grind but it’s definitely working."
McKinnon is expected to be ready for offseason workouts, beginning in April.
He averaged 4.8 yards per carry as a rookie in 2014, totaling 538 rushing yards on 113 carries. He also had 27 catches for 135 yards, but was unable to record a touchdown either rushing or receiving.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon expects to be ready for OTAs
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(12/29/14) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon, who missed the final five games of the season with a lower back injury, said he is feeling much better following surgery in early December and should be ready for the start of organized team activities in May, per ESPN.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson said Friday he feels McKinnon can be a featured back in the NFL, and he could be the team's primary running back in 2015, if Adrian Peterson doesn't return next season.
"I can’t really say what’s going to happen," McKinnon said. "Nobody knows. It’s the NFL, things change. All I can do is work hard and come OTAs, come back out here and compete and show the coaches I can still do what I can."
McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry as a rookie in 2014, totaling 538 rushing yards on 113 carries. He also had 27 catches for 135 yards, but he has no rushing or receiving touchdowns.
|When he was healthy, Jerick McKinnon displayed some nice skills last year. Given a chance to play consistently after the first five weeks, McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry and had over 5.0 yards per carry in half of his games with at least 10 rushes. He also made an impact as a pass catcher, reeling in three-plus catches in five of his last seven games for the Vikings. A back injury ended his season early but he's healthy now. Will it matter now that Adrian Peterson is back in Minnesota? Probably not for Fantasy purposes – we expect McKinnon to have some decent weeks but unless Peterson misses playing time, he'll be useless. McKinnon's best role as of now is as a backup to Peterson. You can find him with a pick in the double-digit rounds on Draft Day.
(Updated 4/22/15) |