Jerick McKinnon: I just wanted to prove I can get the job done

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers v Kansas City Chiefs
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Running back Jerick McKinnon only had 12 carries for the Chiefs during the regular season, but injuries to Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrell Williams opened the door to him doubling that number in Sunday’s playoff game against the Steelers.

McKinnon picked up 61 yards on those carries and also contributed six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown to the team’s 42-21 victory. It was McKinnon’s most productive day since he was with the Vikings in 2017 and a reminder of the kind of player he was before injuries forced him to miss all of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

“Every day you have something to prove in this league,” McKinnon said, via Lila Bromberg of the Kansas City Star. “I knew that I would get a little bit more opportunities than I’ve had in the other games that we played . . . and I just wanted to prove to my teammates and my coaches that I can get the job done.”

The Chiefs may have more options in the backfield next weekend, but head coach Andy Reid said McKinnon “gives you all kinds of confidence just by the way he handles himself” so he may not be done in the spotlight this postseason.


10 responses to “Jerick McKinnon: I just wanted to prove I can get the job done

  1. As a Chiefs fan, this guy was buried in the depth chart and didn’t get any meaningful touches until last week. Now it’s like, dang, who is this guy…. His speed and shiftiness kind of remind me of Aaron Jones.

  2. Nice late season surprise addition to the weapons choices plus he seems to have a fire in his belly.

  3. It’s nice to finally see him have a productive day, he was always hurt especially with the 49ers. I’ve seen few players get paid tons of money for missing as much time has much as Jerick McKinnon.

  4. Dude was a star from the git with the Vikes. You won’t find a single Vikings fan or anyone in the organization who didn’t love this guy. The team just couldn’t afford to keep him. He left to sign a huge contract with the 9ers where injuries got to him.

    Guaranteed MAJOR weapon for the Chiefs.

  5. Always liked him as a Viking. I’m happy he’s seeing some success after all he’s gone through.

  6. Loved McKinnon when he was in Minnesota. I always thought he had the chops to be an RB1, but he was saddled behind Adrian Peterson who the Vikes were still trying to squeeze use out of. Glad to see he’s getting a chance to shine. When healthy, he’s a dynamic threat.

  7. Jet is a versatile RB. Too bad he’s had a hard time staying healthy. Was a fun guy to watch in MN — great personality too.

  8. He could have the same effect as Damien Williams did in KC’s SB run. Dude was a beast last night and brought a dynamic we haven’t seen since Damien left.

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