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RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 234Born: 7-24-1987College: UtahDrafted: ---

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Asiata suffered a concussion in the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears.
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) did not practice in the week leading up to the Week 12 game against the Packers.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Sure, Asiata is good for a three-TD game or two a year, but the Vikings offense looks less equipped to give him that opportunity than ever. There are likely better uses of a roster spot out there, even with Adrian Peterson suspended for the season.

General News (Fri Nov 21): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Nov 20): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The ongoing legal wrangles about Adrian Peterson's playing status this year will keep him off the field in Week 12, meaning that the Vikings will continue to roll with Jerick McKinnon () and Matt Asiata vs. the Packers. Back in Week 5, Asiata led the team in rushing with 15/72/0 to his credit, while McKinnon posted 7/24/0 rushing and 3/22/0 receiving. Since then, the two have flip-flopped on the depth chart, with McKinnon now getting the bulk of the work, while Asiata is mixed in as a change-of-pace option (and an occasional TD vulture). Last week, McKinnon handled 8/38/0 rushing and 4/20/0 receiving at Chicago, while Asiata managed 1/2/0 rushing and 3/12/0 receiving in his secondary role. The Packers' rush D has limited Philadelphia (31/109/0) and Chicago (24/55/0) to zero rushing scores over the past two weeks, averaging 89 rushing yards allowed per contest during that narrow window. To date, the Packers are averaging 139.2 rushing yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out - they have been playing much more stalwart rush D of late, though. This looks like a neutral matchup for the Vikings, with neither team holding the edge entering Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at TB 4 1 0 5 4 26 0 0
9 vs WAS 10 26 3 5 4 31 0 0
11 at CHI 1 2 0 5 3 12 0 0
12 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 3 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs WAS (10 / 26 / 3 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Asiata had a "Jerome Bettis" kind of day--few yards, many touchdowns. The three touchdowns came very easy for him, as the offensive line did a good job of knocking the Washington front seven backwards and giving Asiata plenty of room to get across the line with minimal fuss. Asiata is a pretty one-dimensional back, but the one dimension he has--Mack truck--is impressive. He won't always get the goal line carries he did Sunday, but it's clear that he is the guy they will use often when they have the chance.

2014 Week 11 vs CHI (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

The first four times Asiata touched the ball were on passes, with one drop to start his day off on a wide open short route. In fact, Asiata only carried the ball once, with most of his touches coming on short routes.


Latest News

Vikings | Matt Asiata ruled out (Fri Nov 21, 04:55 PM) - Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) did not participate in practice and has been ruled out for Week 12.

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Vikings | Matt Asiata sits out Friday (Fri Nov 21, 01:04 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) missed his third straight day of practice Friday, Nov. 21.

Our View: Asiata is likely to be out with the concussion, which opens the door for new Viking Ben Tate to play this weekend.
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Vikings | Matt Asiata sitting again (Thu Nov 20, 02:26 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: So we might not see Asiata this week, but even if we do he's going to be no better than a low-end RB4. Asiata has seen less snaps an been less effective with them over the last month, and adding Ben Tate could be a move towards replacing Asiata.
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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon still the lead back (Thu Nov 20, 01:52 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) will retain the lead-back role, even after the team claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner said Tate was brought in for insurance because both McKinnon and RB Matt Asiata (concussion) were dealing with injuries this week. McKinnon said he will be ready for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. However, Asiata's status is in doubt. “We’re excited about Jerick and what he’s done and I see him as our running back,' Turner said. “He’s been limited in practice last week and couldn’t practice (Wednesday) So you got to protect yourself, obviously with Matt not being able to practice (Wednesday) and in doubt as to whether he’ll play or not.'

Our View: It's going to be a tough matchup and the Vikings have had so many issues along the offensive line that it limits McKinnon's upside an buries him as an RB3.
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Vikings | Ben Tate gives Vikes depth (Wed Nov 19, 05:07 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate gives the team much-needed depth at the running back position, with RBs Jerick McKinnon (back) and Matt Asiata (concussion) both missing practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Our View: The Vikings needed to add better depth, especially after Adrian Peterson's suspension was upheld by an independent arbitrator. McKinnon leads the team with 484 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average, while Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and a one receiving TD, but he has just 3.3 yards per carry.
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