McKinnon said he won't be re-signing with the 49ers, KNBR.com reports. McKinnon used some pretty strong language, leaving no doubt he plans to find a new team. After missing the entire 2018 and 2019 campaigns due to knee injuries, the veteran running back played all 16 games in 2020, taking 81 carries for 319 yards and five touchdowns and adding 33 catches for 253 yards and another score. McKinnon made starts in Weeks 3,4, 9 and 10, but he otherwise worked as a passing-down specialist, getting just four carries over San Francisco's final six games of the season. He can become an unrestricted free agent in March, and he'll turn 29 in May.
McKinnon logged 10 offensive snaps (18 percent) Saturday, registering one carry for four yards and three receptions for 28 yards in a 20-12 win over Arizona. McKinnon was still used in a reserve/receiving role even with Raheem Mostert (ankle) missing the contest. Instead of deploying his usual two-back attack, head coach Kyle Shanahan used Jeff Wilson Jr. (22 carries for 183 yards) as a bell cow with incredible results. We should see a similar backfield setup in the 49ers' season finale against the Seahawks on Sunday, giving McKinnon little to no fantasy value in Week 17.
McKinnon did not receive a carry but caught both of his targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys. Co-starters Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) both suffered injuries late in the game, so Tevin Coleman (three carries for 11 yards) and McKinnon were called into action. The former handled early down work and the latter was used in passing situations, a scenario that is likely to repeat itself if the aforementioned backs are unable to heal on a short week leading up to Saturday's tilt against Arizona. Neither veteran backup is particularly appealing from a fantasy perspective based on what we've seen from Coleman and McKinnon in limited action this year.
McKinnon did not receive an offensive snap during Sunday's 23-15 loss to Washington. McKinnon tallied touchdowns in four consecutive games (over 47 touches) Weeks 1 through 4, but he's now gone scoreless in four straight, while his offensive role has completely dissipated. Raheem Mostert's Week 12 return from a high-ankle sprain has certainly played into McKinnon's reduced involvement, as the former Viking has gotten only five touches since that point. Jeff Wilson, too, has become a backfield fixture of late, with double-digit carries in two of the past three weeks.
McKinnon garnered zero carries or targets over two offensive snaps during Monday's 34-24 loss to the Bills. Jeff Wilson (seven carries), Raheem Mostert (nine) and Tevin Coleman (two) split the RB workload for San Francisco in a game script that consisted of nearly twice as many pass attempts (39) as rushes (21). It appears McKinnon may be the odd man out with Coleman having returned from a month-long absence. McKinnon does have six touchdowns and 27 receptions to his name this season, but the 28-year-old's rushed for an uninspiring 3.9 yards per carry over 80 attempts.
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