Jerick McKinnon's Career By The Numbers

Jan 21 2018 Philadelphia PA USA Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick Mc Kinnon runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Corey Graham during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandator

While it's easy to quickly fall in love with McKinnon's fantasy potential in San Francisco, it may be wise to pump the brakes just a bit. But he's a solid option out of the backfield that can also help in the passing game.

'But protecting the quarterback is where Richburg excelled. He began his career at guard but played his best football when he moved to center. He played there the past three seasons and is considered one of the top pass-blocking players at the position and has the athleticism to thrive in Shanahan's zone-running scheme.

3rd round pick (96th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.

McKinnon was also loosely linked as a possibility for the Giants to sign, mostly because of his connection of playing in Pat Shurmur's offense with the Vikings the last two seasons. From Week 5 on, McKinnon averaged 3.9 yards per rush, gaining 544 yards on 140 carries while catching 43 passes for 381 yards.

Soon-to-be free-agent running back Jerick McKinnon took questions as the Vikings cleaned out their lockers on the following day and talked about some of his goals for the near future. He was used primarily as a secondary back behind Adrian Peterson and later Dalvin Cook. But the 49ers will platoon at the position - and McKinnon is almost the same size as Atlanta's Devonta Freeman, who logged 2,135 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns in two seasons with Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator. McKinnon will be the teams new lead back, with Carlos Hyde out of the picture.

The 49ers' starting running back from last season, Carlos Hyde, is reportedly signing with the Cleveland Browns, so McKinnon should have a shot at a larger role in San Francisco.

It appears as though McKinnon may have found that bigger role he was talking about a couple of months back.

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