Posted: 5/30/2020 9:47 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will have opportunities on third downs in 2020, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Huddle Up: McKinnon hasn't played either of the last two seasons, but he was widely viewed as one of the best pass-catching running backs when he was signed as a free agent following the 2017 season with the Minnesota Vikings. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are likely to begin the 2020 season with much higher fantasy value, but McKinnon could emerge by midseason if able to stay healthy.
Posted: 5/10/2020 2:24 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is nearing the end of his rehab process, where he will shift his focus from running straight ahead to attempting to 'simulate some of the cutting that goes on at that position, specifically.'
Huddle Up: If McKinnon remains in San Francisco, he would probably be used primarily as a third-down running back and in passing situations, which would only give him fantasy value in PPR formats.
Posted: 5/09/2020 2:43 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) plans to work out this offseason at Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson's gym in Houston, as he continues to recover from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. McKinnon said his knee feels normal and he hasn't experienced any pain or soreness recently. He has been doing a lot of running, including hill sprints, as well as balance work since being medically cleared to resume working out in February.
Posted: 5/03/2020 5:43 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB JaMycal Hasty is expected to compete with RB Jerick McKinnon for the third-down back job during training camp. Hasty is expected to also be a solid contributor on special teams.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation to see if Hasty is able to beat out McKinnon for the job. Both players are risky fantasy options at this point and could be avoided in drafts.
Posted: 4/04/2020 9:24 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon likely will make the final roster if he can stay healthy because he can be a third down back and a target in the passing game, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Huddle Up: McKinnon has dealt with injuries over the past few seasons and would only see a handful of touches if he stays with the 49ers. He probably would only have some value in point-per-reception leagues.
Posted: 3/17/2020 7:28 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon agreed to a restructured contract Tuesday, March 17, and will return to the team for the 2020 season, according to a source.
Huddle Up: McKinnon hasn't played a game for the Niners since signing a four-year, $30 million contract in 2018. Even if healthy to start 2020, he's now squarely behind Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida. He won't be a fantasy option heading into the season.
Posted: 2/25/2020 8:17 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will be asked to take a pay cut for the 2020 season, according to general manager John Lynch Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: McKinnon has yet to play a regular-season game for the Niners due to multiple injuries. If he's kept on the roster for 2020, he won't carry much fantasy value behind Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida.
Posted: 2/05/2020 8:32 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon said he hopes to remain with the 49ers and indicated that he would be open to restructuring his contract.
Huddle Up: McKinnon missed the entire 2019 season because of an injury and is behind Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida on the depth chart. Fantasy players can keep an eye on his situation because he may have some fantasy value if he joins a new team.
Posted: 1/14/2020 2:59 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) is scheduled to count $8.55 million against the 2020 salary cap, and releasing him would save $4.55 million in '20. He has a 2021 option year at $9.2 million against that year's cap. McKinnon passing a physical will determine how his contract savings are factored, and $2.6 million of his $6.5 million base salary is scheduled to be guaranteed as of April 1.
Huddle Up: With a trio of talented backs from 2019 seemingly ahead of a healthy McKinnon, it's pretty much a certainty that he'll be playing elsewhere or not at all in 2020. There's a possibility he could restructure his deal with Matt Breida facing free agency. At any rate, the former Minnesota Viking shouldn't be in anyone's fantasy plans at this time for 2020 drafts.
Posted: 9/07/2019 1:07 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (knee) had surgery on his right knee Tuesday, Sept. 3, and he said he hopes to be back with the team next season. 'These guys have a good plan for me,' McKinnon said. 'It's about staying mentally in it and support my teammates, and doing what I need to do to make sure I'm healthy coming back next year.'
Huddle Up: McKinnon's tenure in San Francisco has been marred by knee issues, and even in keeper formats, it is fair to question whether he's worth hanging on to a this point.