RB Jerick McKinnon looks to be more durable with added weight

RB Jerick McKinnon looks to be more durable with added weight

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon is making necessary improvements in his game, which includes keeping his weight above 200 pounds.

In the past, it wasn’t all that easy:

“That was something last year I kind of had trouble with, keeping my weight,” said McKinnon, who;s currently listed at 205 lbs, per the Makato Free Press. “It’s hard; you’ve got to stay dedicated to eating. You stay out (on the practice field) so long, you’re not really hungry going in. But you’ve got to force yourself to eat.”

McKinnon hopes the added weight will take him to the next level in his career, “especially between the tackles.”

“Nutrition is definitely key,” he explained. “You learn that with our strength coaches and the nutritionists we have.”

The 24-year-old received plenty of playing time as rookie when Adrian Peterson was out for most of the year, and learns a lot from his veteran teammate.

“We have a good relationship,” McKinnon said of Peterson. “I’m still learning. Year three, third training camp, everyday something new. Being able to watch Adrian every day is definitely a blessing. It’s nothing but helping me get better. Watching him closely, on film and in person, it’s one of those things where it’s a good situation for me.”