A perennial favorite of metrics mavens from around the interwebs, McKinnon has shown flashes of fantasy potential, but never quite put it all together. He saw his workload increase in 2017 after rookie running back Dalvin Cook went down at the beginning of the season. Murray's contract would become guaranteed for the season on Friday.
The 49ers' starting running back from last season, Carlos Hyde, is reportedly signing with the Cleveland Browns, so McKinnon should have a shot at a larger role in San Francisco. It would be prudent to wait for the final numbers to be reported, as incentives will likely play a part in McKinnon's contract.
What did help McKinnon and his NFL career was his performance at the NFL Combine.
McKinnon was also loosely linked as a possibility for the Giants to sign, mostly because of his connection of playing in Pat Shurmur's offense with the Vikings the last two seasons. An expectation of 15 touches per game is much more reasonable. Hyde, who played collegiately at Ohio State, rushed 240 times for 938 yards and eight touchdowns last season and also reeled in a career-high 59 receptions for 350 yards.
McKinnon's versatility and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield make him a nice fit with San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive philosophy. He certainly has upside as a receiver, but McKinnon is best viewed as a mid-range RB2.
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