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49ers RB Jerick McKinnon cutting well in drills

The 49ers hope they can finally get some regular season work from RB Jerick McKinnon in 2020.

Jerick McKinnon #28 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 24-21. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

If the 49ers Jerick McKinnon had any luck, you’d have to say it’s mostly been bad, at least since becoming a Niner. Since signing with San Francisco, McKinnon has torn his ACL, ending his 2018 season, and then faced continuous setbacks that finally ended his 2019 season before it started.

He looked like a prime candidate to be let go this offseason, but he restructured his contract to go from a base salary of $6.8 million in 2020 to $910,000 instead. With the 49ers salary cap trouble, this was the only way McKinnon was going to stay with the team.

As recently as May 9th, McKinnon hadn’t returned to cutting hard on his knee, but today, we got a good look of him cutting from one of his trainers:

The 49ers currently have Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman as their 1-2 punch at the top and then Jeff Wilson and McKinnon behind them. They also traded Matt Breida to the Dolphins, who is a player that McKinnon’s skill set mirrors in some ways. McKinnon likely won’t be truly tested until he is in a competitive environment, and even then they will take it slow. He’s very much a wildcard for this season, but his ability as a receiver would be a big boost to the team as a whole.