McKinnon is signing with the Chiefs, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports.
After missing back-to-back seasons with knee injuries, McKinnon finally suited up for the 49ers in 2020, recording 572 total yards and six TDs in 16 games. He finished the season with only 3.9 YPC despite picking up 55 yards on a single run, as he averaged 14.5 carries for only 44.3 yards in his four starts. McKinnon turns 29 next week and likely will need to compete for a roster spot this summer.
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.
McKinnon had three carries for 21 yards and caught two of three targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Rams.
Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson had 16 and 12 carries, respectively, in their returns from injured reserve, leaving McKinnon to play a minor role. Playing time was split fairly even as none of three backs reached 30 offensive snaps, but Mostert and WIlson were clearing leading the backfield. McKinnon won't have fantasy relevance while they're healthy, especially with Tevin Coleman (knee) also nearing his return.
McKinnon (neck) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
McKinnon sustained a stinger in the 49ers' last game Week 10 at New Orleans, but with the benefit of a bye week, he managed to practice Wednesday without any restrictions. Meanwhile, Tevin Coleman (knee) was a limited participant, and San Francisco opened 21-day practice windows for Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) on Tuesday. Coach Kyle Shanahan termed each of the trio "day-to-day" Wednesday, so this backfield situation will be one to watch as this weekend's game against the Rams approaches.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints that McKinnon suffered a stinger late in the game, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports reports.
Prior to the injury, McKinnon rushed 18 times for 33 yards and caught one of three targets for 13 yards. Fellow running back JaMycal Hasty left earlier in the contest with a collarbone injury, but San Francisco will have the benefit of a bye next week to allow the team's injury-riddled backfield to heal up.
McKinnon may be in line for a significant workload with Tevin Coleman (knee) ruled out for Sunday's contest at New Orleans, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
McKinnon handled a 74-percent share of the snaps on offense Week 9 against the Packers with Coleman sidelined and Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson on IR with ankle sprains. The result was 15 touches for 68 yards from scrimmage and one TD, while JaMycal Hasty played 26 percent of the plays en route to six touches for 13 yards. A similar breakdown of RB reps seems likely Sunday against a Saints defense that has yielded 100.8 total yards per game and five touchdowns to running backs in eight games this season.
McKinnon rushed 12 times for 52 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 16 yards in the 49ers' 34-17 loss to the Packers on Thursday night. He also returned one kickoff for 30 yards.
McKinnon led the backfield in rushes with Raheem Mostert (IR-ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) both out, posting his highest carry total since Week 4. The seven-year pro had totaled just 13 rush attempts combined over the previous four games, so Thursday's boost in workload was certainly encouraging from a fantasy perspective. McKinnon now also has five rushing touchdowns on the campaign, and he'll have a chance to add to that total in a touch matchup against the Saints in a Week 10 battle on Sunday, Nov. 15.
McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty are expected to share the load at running back Thursday against the Packers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area reports.
With Tevin Coleman (knee) exiting early in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, McKinnon and Hasty finished the contest as the 49ers' only healthy backs. McKinnon held a 35-29 advantage in snaps, but he was largely relegated to a passing-down role, carrying three times for minus-1 yard and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 40 yards on four targets. Meanwhile, Hasty was the clear lead option on the ground, carrying 12 times (for 29 yards and a touchdown). The 49ers have ruled Coleman out for Thursday's game while Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson (ankle) remain on injured reserve, so another McKinnon and Hasty timeshare should be on tap Week 9.
McKinnon logged 35 offensive snaps (50 percent) en route to a final line of three carries for a loss of one yard and one touchdown and four receptions for 40 yards in Sunday's 37-27 loss to Seattle.
Tevin Coleman returned to the field after a lengthy layoff before promptly departing with a knee injury, leaving McKinnon as the most-experienced back yet again. Despite leading all backs in snap share, it was undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty (12 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown) who took over the early-down work. McKinnon even had a receiving touchdown called back upon review, only to see his first-year counterpart finish the job and get credit for the score. With a quick turnaround heading into Thursday's tilt with Green Bay, Coleman may not be able to suit up after aggravating his knee issue. That leaves the combination of Hasty (early-down back) and McKinnon (third-down back) to share the workload, with the former being the more desirable fantasy target if the recent distribution of carries sticks.
McKinnon could be forced to share the load with Tevin Coleman (ankle), who was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The 49ers continue to make their backfield a frustrating endeavor to speculate on, as JaMycal Hasty was already considered a possible suspect to whittle into McKinnon's workload even before the news regarding Coleman's activation. Both Coleman and McKinnon were hardly effective ball carriers in their most recent respective stints as the starter so a combination of all three running backs is certainly also in play. The only thing that's clear at the moment is someone will be named "a starter" come Sunday, but recent history suggests that designation means nothing when it comes to the fantasy prospects of 49ers running backs.
The 49ers may have to rely on McKinnon heavily in the coming weeks after Jeff Wilson (17 carries, 112 yards and three touchdowns) was carted off the field late in Sunday's 33-6 win over New England with a high-ankle sprain, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The 49ers continue to be dealt blow after blow each week in terms of key players going down to injury, and this week it struck yet another 100-yard rusher in Wilson. It sounds like the fill-in starter will miss multiple weeks, opening the door for McKinnon -- who disappointed in what looked to be his game to shine -- moving forward. Head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned that he was trying to give McKinnon some rest after being used heavily in recent weeks and also dealing with a rib injury, but it sounds like he's ready to turn back to the veteran as a starter moving forward. Undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty shined in garbage time Sunday (nine carries for 57 yards), and also figures to be in the mix until Raheem Mostert (ankle) returns from injured reserve. Based on Shanahan's comments, we have to assume McKinnon will officially be named the starter for a key division matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday, with Hasty also sharing the workload.
McKinnon is expected to make his third start of the season Sunday against the Patriots, Can Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
McKinnon played 62 and 92 percent of snaps in his previous two starts, averaging 14 carries, six targets, 87 total yards and one touchdown per game. However, he managed only 3.3 yards per carry, and the 49ers mostly leaned on JaMycal Hasty after top back Raheem Mostert (ankle) suffered another injury during last week's 24-16 win over the Rams. There's no doubt McKinnon offers upside, but it isn't clear he'll have the same every-down role that made him so valuable the first time Mostert missed games. There's also some chance Jeff Wilson (calf) is available, considering he's listed as questionable after missing last week's contest.
McKinnon rushed six times for 18 yards and caught two balls for 10 more yards in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Rams.
McKinnon struggled to get anything going for the second week in a row since Raheem Mostert (ankle) returned from injury to reclaim his starting role. The latter suffered yet another injury and had to sit out the second half. It didn't look to be too serious, but there's been no confirmation on whether Mostert will have to miss any time. McKinnon clearly would benefit from becoming the lead back again, as he averaged 13.6 combined touches and 83.6 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown per game over the three contests Mostert missed. If Mostert's removal Sunday proves to be precautionary, then McKinnon's fantasy value will remain low, especially with rookie JaMycal Hasty (21 percent of snaps) emerging as another potential mouth to feed.
McKinnon rushed once for no gain and caught two passes (four targets) for five yards in Sunday's 43-17 loss to Miami.
Raheem Mostert (knee) returned to reclaim his starting job, leaving scraps for McKinnon and the rest of the running back corps in an ugly loss. Jeff Wilson ended up with more carries (four) while playing nearly the same amount of snaps as McKinnon (25 percent), so it appears the latter will serve as the team's third-down back when Mostert is healthy. The 49ers could be playing from behind during a rough stretch of games ahead, so McKinnon could produce in the passing game, but the return of Mostert puts an end to Jet's run of standard-league fantasy value.
McKinnon (ribs) rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, adding 43 yards on seven receptions (eight targets) in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Eagles.
McKinnon was dealing with a rib contusion stemming from last week's win over the Giants, but it clearly did not limit the tailback. The 28-year-old dominated the backfield touches, receiving 14 of 17 rushing attempts and eight of nine targets. It is unclear whether Raheem Mostert (knee) will be able to return against the Dolphins on Sunday, but if he remains sidelined, McKinnon will be a strong fantasy play as the starter in a soft matchup.
McKinnon (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.
McKinnon emerged from the 49ers' Week 3 victory versus the Giants with a rib contusion, but not before turning 17 touches into 77 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown. With an uncapped practice under his belt, McKinnon is ready to split the backfield reps with Jeff Wilson (15 touches, 69 total yards, two scores Week 3) this Sunday against the Eagles. Considering Raheem Mostert (knee) likely will sit out this weekend, JaMycal Hasty may be the only other contender for touches out of the San Francisco's backfield.
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