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Jerick McKinnon wants to start for Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon wants an opportunity to start for the franchise if Adrian Peterson doesn't return for next season.

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has insisted that he wants to start for the team next season should Adrian Peterson not return.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has continued to insist that Peterson will be back for the 2015 season, but no confirmation has arrived yet.

However, McKinnon is clear that he wants his opportunity first before the organisation look to draft a running back in the off-season.

"If AP comes back, there's no doubt he's going to be the starter," McKinnon told the Pioneer Press.

"But it's not going to change my mind-set or how I approach things or how I work. Whatever they do, my mindset is to come in and be that guy next year."

The 22-year-old finished his rookie season with 538 yards on 113 carries, but his season ended prior to week 13 after he was placed on the injured reserve list with a back issue.

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