By CJ Carlson
Jerick McKinnon has been upgraded to a questionable tag ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. McKinnon, if available, could be a massive addition to the Chiefs offense as they enter the biggest game of the year.
McKinnon has only suited up in 12 games throughout the regular season for the Chiefs, while missing every single one of their postseason games up to this point. The veteran running back is easily their best receiving threat out of the backfield, and the numbers tell that. While working in a three-man committee, McKinnon had 25 receptions for 192 yards and four touchdowns in only 12 games. He also rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The numbers aren’t unbelievable, but given the circumstances, it’s obvious that the Chiefs utilize him in a variety of ways.
Last season, the Chiefs took on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. During that game, McKinnon played a solid role in their offense. He had four carries for 34 rushing yards, and three receptions for 15 additional yards in a game that Kansas City won. Once again, his numbers aren’t incredible, but defenses have to respect him in open space when he steps onto the field.
Jerick McKinnon Is Still A Longshot
With all of that being said, he’s not a guarantee to hit the field during the Super Bowl this year. Despite being questionable for this game, he’s still considered a long shot when talking to head coach Andy Reid. They won’t shut the door on him returning though, because his addition to an offense that is already getting back Skyy Moore could diversify this group.
After all, the Chiefs need it because they will be missing two offensive linemen against the 49ers. All-Pro guard Joe Thuney has already been ruled out, and backup offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho was also ruled out. Without those two, the Chiefs will need all the offensive help they can get around Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Isiah Pacheco.