The 49ers have reached a 4-year deal with RB Jerick McKinnon, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former Viking was looking to land a bigger role and will certainly find opportunity in San Francisco. After losing Carlos Hyde, the 'Niners backfield now features McKinnon and 2nd-year RBs Matt Breida, Joe Williams and Jeremy McNichols. McKinnon underwhelmed as a runner in Minnesota, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry over the past 2 seasons. But he did rank a decent 18th among 51 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' 2017 rushing grades. And he tied for 7th in PFF's receiving grades on the strength of a career-high 51 catches for 421 yards and 2 scores. That followed a 43-255-2 receiving line in 2016. We'll see exactly how this backfield shakes out this summer, but McKinnon has plenty of fantasy potential in an ascending offense. He turns just 26 in May.
Update: McKinnon got a whopping 4-year, $30 million deal. The $7.5 million annual salary makes him the league's 4th highest-paid RB.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) has been a full-go at practice this week. He’ll be ready to serve in a change-of-pace role behind Latavius Murray against the Bears on Monday night. We’ll see exactly how much work that means. Consider McKinnon just a PPR flier for now.
Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. “The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” he said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.” Murray underwent ankle surgery on March 22 and just got out of his walking boot this week. He still hasn't been cleared to run. Meanwhile, RBs Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon are soaking up reps. Murray can't afford to miss much training-camp time.
The Vikings traded up to snag Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the 41st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Cook is a classic case of college production vs. measurables. He was a stud at Florida State, topping 1,000 rushing yards in all 3 of his seasons and leaving school with a career 6.5 yards per carry. Cook also totaled 79 catches for 935 yards (11.8 yards per catch). So it was a real head-scratcher when he bombed the Combine. He clocked a decent 4.49-second 40 at 5’10, 210 pounds but was brutal in the jumping and agility drills. Cook finished with a 6th percentile SPARQ score. Also of concern are his 3 shoulder surgeries (1 in high school, 1 in 2014 and another in 2016) and his 3 run-ins with the law. Cook joins a fairly crowded Minnesota backfield that includes the newly signed Latavius Murray and holdover Jerick McKinnon. The rookie will likely emerge as the top talent, though, and is the favorite to lead the backfield in 2017 touches.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer sounds like he plans to use RB Latavius Murray as a feature back. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Zimmer lauded Murray's strength in the run game, receiving ability and even pass protection. "Not having to substitute him on third downs (will be) big," Zimmer said. Of course, Minnesota's weak O-line didn't help any RB deliver much fantasy value last year. We'll see how this situation develops, but expect Murray to land toward the bottom of RB2 territory when our 2017 projections come out
The Vikings have signed RB Latavius Murray to a 3-year deal that can be voided after this season, according to ESPN's Field Yates. We're curious to see the dollars involved here. Murray has been a solid fantasy RB the past 2 years, posting back-to-back top 13 PPR finishes. But his actual play hasn't been nearly as impressive. Murray mustered just 4.0 yards per carry in both seasons. That was particularly disappointing last year, when a strong Raiders offensive line ranked 11th in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Line Yards. Now Murray will be running behind a Vikings line that finished 30th in Adjusted Line Yards. He figures to get the 1st crack at lead-back duties, but bank on RB Jerick McKinnon also getting plenty of run. Murray's arrival ends any chance of RB Adrian Peterson returning to Minnesota. The Raiders, meanwhile, are left with 2nd-year RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Bears. The 31-year-old finishes the season with an ugly 1.9 yards per carry across just 3 appearances. His days in Minnesota are numbered unless he agrees to a massive pay cut this offseason. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle backfield duties for the Vikings this weekend.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Packers. It sounds like the groin is a bigger issue than the knee. So Minnesota will again turn to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in the backfield. McKinnon has quietly caught 23 balls over his last 4 games and is a RB3 or flex option in PPR leagues.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) didn't practice on Wednesday and admitted afterward that he's uncertain for Saturday's game against the Packers. "I'm taking it day by day," he said. AP managed just 23 yards on 7 touches in his return last weekend. He's now averaging 1.9 yards per carry for the season. Minnesota's offense is better without Peterson right now. Jerick McKinnon will be in the RB3 mix if AP doesn't play on Saturday.
Vikings RB Matt Asiata (ankle, illness) will play against the Colts today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Will work into three-RB rotation," Schefter adds. We'd bet on Jerick McKinnon and Adrian Peterson seeing more action that Asiata. He shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.
Vikings RB Matt Asiata was added to Friday’s injury report with an ankle issue. He’s also dealing with an illness, according to the Vikings’ official site. Asiata didn’t practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Colts. His absence would be a big boost to RB Jerick McKinnon.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer's status for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys is "uncertain" after he underwent emergency eye surgery on the Wednesday, the team announced. It's certainly not an ideal scenario for a team that's topped 20 points in just 1 of its last 6 games. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph should be the only Vikings on your Week 13 radar.
Update: Zimmer will miss the game.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Lions. He put in just 2 limited practices this week, so assume that he’s still not at 100%. McKinnon is a risk/reward RB2 in a plus matchup.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is expected to play against the Lions today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He figures to split carries with RB Matt Asiata and still might not be at 100%. McKinnon is a risky Week 9 fantasy start, although there's upside vs. a Detroit defense allowing 4.7 yards per carry to RBs.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Lions. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and expects to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. An active McKinnon would likely lead a committee attack alongside Matt Asiata. Both guys would be lower-end RB2s in the plus matchup.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) practiced on Thursday for the 1st time since going down in Week 7. It gives him a shot to play against the Lions this weekend, but we'll get another update on Friday. McKinnon would likely return to a committee backfield with Matt Asiata.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) remained sidelined on Wednesday. He's yet to practice since going down in Week 7. RB Matt Asiata totaled 78 scoreless yards on 16 touches this past Monday night. He'd be looking at a similar workload if McKinnon can't play against the Lions this weekend.
Vikings OC Norv Turner has resigned, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There's likely more to this story that we'll learn about in the coming days. Turner is 1 of the most respected offensive minds in the game, although this year's Minnesota offense currently ranks 31st in yards per game and 23rd in points per game. Turner figures to be replaced by either Tony Sparano or Pat Shurmur. Both guys have spent multiple seasons as HC and/or OC in the NFL.
Update: Shurmur will take over as OC. He played a big part in bringing QB Sam Bradford to Minnesota after working with him both in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bears. He didn't practice all week and might be looking at a multi-game absence. Matt Asiata will operate as Minnesota's lead back on Monday and is a good bet for at least 15 touches. That makes him a fine RB2 in a week with 6 teams on bye.
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) missed practice again on Friday. He at least shed his walking boot but remains very iffy for Monday night's game against the Bears. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. Matt Asiata figures to operate as Minnesota's lead back vs. Chicago regardless of McKinnon's availability.
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