The Vikings have reached a deal with a rookie tailback likely to be one of the primary backups to Adrian Peterson this season.
The club said Tuesday it had signed third-round pick Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern, the No. 96 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the final of the Vikings’ 10 picks to sign his deal with the club.
The 22-year-old McKinnon played multiple positions at Georgia Southern, including quarterback and tailback. As a senior, he rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns on 161 attempts (6.5 yards per carry) for the Eagles.
The 5-foot-9, 208-pound McKinnon is the primary new addition to a Vikings backfield that lost Toby Gerhart to Jacksonville in free agency.