Andy Reid: We felt like Jerick McKinnon still had juice left

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Earlier this month, the Chiefs re-signed running back Jerick McKinnon on a one-year deal.

McKinnon had only 169 yards from scrimmage and one receiving touchdown during the regular season. But with Clyde Edwards-Helaire dealing with an injury, McKinnon started all three of Kansas City’s postseason games.

McKinnon rushed for 150 yards and caught 14 passes for 165 yards with a TD in those contests.

At the end of Kansas City’s minicamp, head coach Andy Reid said the team brought McKinnon back in part because, “You can’t have enough running backs.”

“We felt like he still had juice left, which was important when you’re dealing with veteran players, especially at that position,” Reid said in his press conference. “He’s very intelligent. He’s great in the pass game part of it — [blitz] picks ups and so on. And he’s a good runner. So it’s good to get him in. He’s a very good leader. He brings that with him, too. So it’s good to have him back in the mix.”

The Chiefs have several competitors at running back, led by Edwards-Helaire and free-agent signee Ronald Jones. Derrick Gore along with rookies Tayon Fleet-Davis and Isiah Pacheco round out the group with McKinnon.

“It’ll be competitive, though,” Reid said. “I think [G.M.] Brett [Veach has] done a very nice job … just bringing in competition. That’ll help us down the road in becoming a better football team.”

10 responses to “Andy Reid: We felt like Jerick McKinnon still had juice left

  1. McKinnon was averaging 5+ yards per carry against the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game and the Chiefs were up big. Then the Chiefs decided to have Mahomes start slinging it. Should have stuck with McKinnon, IMO.

  2. He came out of nowhere during the playoffs and if it weren’t for him that run would have ended against Buffalo. Hopefully he sees more action this year. I can see a LOT more screen game happening with Tyreek gone.

  3. McKinnon played well for the CHiefs at end of season. I am Very Happy he is Back with the team

  4. McKinnon is a good depth/third down back at this point in his career. Enough burst to run through big holes for 7 yards, but not enough to make something out of nothing. His last year in SF was a sad one.

  5. Great points listed above. I say he also helps mentor rookie 7th round speedster RB Isaiah Pacheco from Rutgers, who seems like McKinnon’s replacement in ’23.

  6. The Chiefs are going to be the team to beat in their division. Chargers and Broncos made some big changes allowing them to compete with the Chiefs. The Raiders are going to continue down their path of failure and irrelevance.

  7. Always liked the Jet, but you gotta wonder when all those knee injuries will start slowing him down.

  8. Even in his brief appearances, McKinnon has flashed more than CEH. Make the right choice Andy. CEH is to small to run out of the backfield and is often injured because of it.

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