Jerick McKinnon says goodbye to Minnesota

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Running back Jerick McKinnon has said he wants to be the guy. In Minnesota, the guy is Dalvin Cook.

So it’s no surprise that McKinnon will be leaving the Vikings. He’s reportedly joining the 49ers, and he has said farewell to the team that drafted him four years ago.

“I want to thank the Vikings organization and coaches for making my dreams come true of being drafted, and giving me the opportunity . . . to start my career in the great state of [Minnesota],” McKinnon said on Twitter. “I will forever be thankful for that and [Minnesota] will always hold a special place in my heart.”

A third-round pick in 2014, McKinnon has had several strong performances, but he hasn’t gotten the opportunities that he would have preferred. He’ll presumably get those opportunities in San Francisco.

McKinnon gained a career-high 570 rushing yards in 2017, but he averaged only 3.8 yards per carry. He added a career-high 421 receiving yards.

15 responses to “Jerick McKinnon says goodbye to Minnesota

  1. Always thought McKinnon was a dangerous player with the ball is in hands when he was on the Vikings.

    9ERS haven’t had a RB with his skill set in a loooong time. Excited to see how Shanahan uses him.

  2. I watched Roger Craig when I was growing up here in Davenport, Iowa. He is a Craig clone his speed is very shifty. He put on about 15 pounds I think last year. 9ers fans be excited, Jet is a great player, good team mate and has a good moral compass! He should fit nicely in your offense! I under Jerrick this is the crappy side of business. Good Luck w the 9ers, except when you play the Vikings this year….HAHA. I know a lot of fans are going to miss you, nothing but respect and love!

    SKOL

  3. omeimontis says:

    March 14, 2018 at 1:29 pm
    sounds like a Roger Craig clone.
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    Please stop insulting Roger Craig. In his first seven seasons, Roger Craig never had LESS than 649 yards rushing. Never LESS than 473 passing yards.

    McKinnon never had MORE than 570 yards nor more than 421 yards receiving. Craig averaged 8.7 yards per catch. McKinnon 6.9.

  4. Him and Murray did a great job at filling in when Cook got hurt. Class act and a great player. I hope he takes the next step for the 49ers. Except when he plays us. 🙂

  5. packertruth says:
    March 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    omeimontis says:

    March 14, 2018 at 1:29 pm
    sounds like a Roger Craig clone.
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    Please stop insulting Roger Craig. In his first seven seasons, Roger Craig never had LESS than 649 yards rushing. Never LESS than 473 passing yards.

    McKinnon never had MORE than 570 yards nor more than 421 yards receiving. Craig averaged 8.7 yards per catch. McKinnon 6.9.

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    I was talking about the intangibles and not stats – now go worry about your team’s own RB situation just saying.

  6. I was talking about the intangibles and not stats – now go worry about your team’s own RB situation just saying.
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    Okay, please tell me how Jerrrick McKinnon is a clone for Roger Craig’s intangibles. Cuz it doesn’t make sense to me. Just sayin.

  7. Jet is a great player, good team mate and has a good moral compass! Craig had all those INTANGIBLES! Get a grip bro!

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