Coming to the Vikings as a third-round pick out of Georgia Southern, Jerick McKinnon was billed by many observers to be an offensive wild card and a scat-back type of offensive contributor. That billing wasn’t an accurate characterization of the type of player McKinnon will be in Minnesota.
“Jerick (McKinnon) is doing a nice job,” Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner said. “I think you can all see him when he gets the ball out in space he can really go and he has done a good job running the ball inside.”
The inside running ability has indeed been impressive. He scored two touchdowns in a goal line period during the Vikings first evening practice and consistently displays good vision when approaching the line and choosing a hole through which to dart. His outside running ability has been as good as advertised and he’s as smooth a catcher of the ball as you’ll see in Vikings camp.
He isn't going to eat into Adrian Peterson's touches, but he might be the biggest beneficiary if Peterson misses any time due to injury. With Toby Gerhart in Jacksonville, the RB2 job in Minnesota is up for grabs.