RB Matt Asiata - Minnesota Vikings
|6-0, 234||Born: 7-24-1987||College: Utah||Drafted: ---|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 18 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Asiata was on the field for just five snaps on Sunday, mostly a blocker. He had one catch when he was wide open down the middle of the field near the end of the game when Seattle was essentially giving up all the underneath yards.
2015 Week 16 vs NYG (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Asiata had a rough day, and struggled to gain any traction on the ground this week. He gave way to a much more effective Jerrick McKinnon and of course, Adrian Peterson and mostly blocked on his offensive snaps
2015 Week 15 vs CHI (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Asiata continues to both block frequently and produce some nice yards when his number is called. He had several solid runs, mostly between the tackles, and caught one of two balls thrown his way. He had a powerful run in the fourth quarter too, as he ran off right tackle and pounded his way for 19 yards. Asiata isn't terribly fast but on runs like that you can see he has a little more agility than expected and plenty of power.
2015 Week 14 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Only on the field for seven snaps, Asiata blocked for most of them and caught two passes on dumps from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
2015 Week 13 vs SEA (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Asiata was brought into the game often as an extra blocker, for all the good it did the Vikings. He made a few nice catches, but for the most part it was all he could do to keep Teddy Bridgewater or himself upright.
2015 Week 12 vs ATL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)
As usual, Asiata was primarily a blocker, though he was targeted several times in the passing game on screen passes and ran the ball hard between the tackles a few times.
2015 Week 11 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Asiata was only in for just over a dozen offensive snaps, but did catch the ball on a play very similar to one which went for a big gain just last week. On the play, Asiata flared out to the left and caught a short screen pass which he turned upfield and advanced for nine yards. Last week saw him the target of a dump off pass which he took up the sideline, while this one had him taking the ball inside. Last week's was an accident, but clearly the team likes what he can do in space at least a little bit and designed something that might take advantage of it.
2015 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Asiata continues to get a few looks here and there, half of which seem to come on passing plays. His biggest impact play came in the middle of the third quarter, with the Vikings facing a 3rd and 13 backed up at their own 11 yard line. On the play, Teddy Bridgewater dropped back to pass but the Oakland coverage unit did an excellent job shutting down the receivers. Seeing nobody open, Bridgewater scrambled to both buy some time and as he was scrambling, he saw Asiata running past and wisely flipped him the ball. Asiata had nothing but green space in front of him and scrambled for the first down and an 11-yard gain. Asiata moves deceptively well for a guy his size and while he won't see a ton of work while Adrian Peterson is healthy, he definitely is a guy both Bridgewater and the coaching staff feel they can count on.
2015 Week 9 vs LA (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Asiata had some key blocks on pass plays but was otherwise not involved in the offense much. He had a nice run to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime, but aside from that didn't do anything notable.
2015 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
For a large, goal line dude, Asiata catches the ball well and can be nimble. On one of his three catches, Asiata (a 12-yard catch and run), Asiata caught the ball in the flat, got some help from Stefon Diggs with a nice block and ran over a guy for the first down. Asiata isn't getting a ton of short yardage work right now, but it's clear that when he is in, Teddy Bridgewater isn't afraid of throwing to him.
2015 Week 7 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Asiata continues to get some snaps, but didn't see carries, instead being the target on checkdown passes from Teddy Bridgewater for minimal yards.
2015 Week 6 vs KC (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Asiata had a solid day, buoyed by the fact that he wasn't Adrian Peterson and therefore garnered less attention. He ran hard, fought for extra yards and adjusted well to defenders on the fly. He's only an occasional ball carrier though, and once the defense adjusted to seeing him back there, they were more effective against him.
2015 Week 4 vs DEN (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mostly on the field for blocking purposes (just 14 offensive snaps), Asiata got just one carry and with Adrian Peterson playing well, isn't even getting the end zone looks he got in 2014.
2015 Week 3 vs SD (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Asiata shared some drives with Jerick McKinnon when the team wanted to give Adrian Peterson a break. Asiata showed good skills as a receiver out of the backfield.
2015 Week 2 vs DET (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Matt Asiata ran very hard on the two carries he got, but his role in the offense has shrunk considerably this season with Adrian Peterson back. Even the short yardage chances he got before are gone
2015 Week 1 vs SF (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Matt Asiata didn't get any short yardage or goal line work because there was really none to be had with the Vikings offense struggling the way it was. Two of his three touches were on dump-off passes which he did a good job of catching and adding a few yards.
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