Jerick “Jet” McKinnon is enjoying the open skies in Mankato, taking most of the Minnesota Vikings’ first-team reps through two training camp practices. He’s filling in for Adrian Peterson, who arrived Monday nursing a pulled hamstring. According to head coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings are “being careful” with their star running back, holding him out of 11-on-11 drills and any physical contact.
With the fleet’s most reliable plane grounded, the runway is clear for “Jet” to take flight. All reports indicate McKinnon is soaring; he looks faster than most defenders and perfectly capable as a receiver. Thrown into the spotlight this offseason, McKinnon is proving he can do it all for the Vikings.
It won’t be long before Peterson can “cut it loose” at practice, but McKinnon’s pseudo-tryout is raising eyebrows — and questions — in Mankato; more specifically, questions about McKinnon’s role in what’s sure to be a more balanced attack in 2016.