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Jerick McKinnon says he is ready to be the Vikings' starter

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Minnesota Vikings are only at the early stage of what is going to be a very interesting and potentially volatile offseason.

Adrian Peterson's future is very much in the air, and although Minnesota will certainly not release the star running back, they could quite possibly trade him away in the new weeks and months.

Should this happen, the Vikings would be subsequently left with the question: Who is the next man up?

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The answer to that question may not be obvious for most Vikings fans, but according to Peterson's understudy, Jerick McKinnon, he insists that he is ready to take over from Peterson.

"If A.P. comes back, there's no doubt he's going to be the starter," McKinnon explained, NFL.com reported. "But it's not going to change my mind-set or how I approach things or how I work. Whatever they do, my mind-set is to come in and be that guy next year."

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McKinnon is only 22 years old, and some fans and experts have suggested that he will struggle to take on the full load of being the number one back in Minnesota for a full season. This, however, is not an opinion that McKinnon supports.

"There's no doubt in my mind I can last the season," McKinnon said. "If that's something I have to prove, that's not a big deal for me. I'll prove it this year. I'm just really excited to get back out there with my teammates and coaches and show how far I've come since surgery."

McKinnon was solid last season with over 500 yards and 4.6 yards per carry on the ground, but what do you think Vikings fans? Can Jerick McKinnon really replace Adrian Peterson? Leave your thought in the comments section below. 

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