RB Matt Asiata, Free agent
HT: 6-0, WT: 234, Born: 7-24-1987, College: Utah, Drafted: ---
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 15 - Itís hard to pick on a running back who had been the third string running back all year and had never seen a snap this seasonóand only four in his career. Especially when he scores three touchdowns. However, while the three scores are impressive, for the most part he was not. If there is a clear step back between Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, itís a giant fall off a cliff to Asiata right now. The second year back struggled to overcome trash at the line, couldnít really break tackles and lacked any really real speed or burst hitting the hole. He will give you whatever the offensive line allowsóif itís having a so-so day, he will. If it opens holes, heíll be OK. Heís unlikely to break a big run off and doesnít have the skills to make tacklers miss either. So you get what you get. He also had some poor moments receiving, including dropping a pass at the four yard line, one which he failed to adjust to. The throw could have been better but he should have adjusted to it. All three of his touchdowns were a credit to his line. They opened huge holes on the second and third touchdowns where he basically walked into the end zone. On the first touchdown he needed to fight a little bit harder and barely made it into the end zone. It was an impressive bit of determined running but again, he clearly lacks the strength to break tackles and the agility or vision to avoid them at the line of scrimmage. Heíll fill in well, but really, the team needs Peterson or at least Gerhart back.
Week 17 - While you donít want to read too much into a meaningless Week 17 game (or even a team just playing out the string like the Vikings did the last few weeks), itís fair to say that Matt Asiata has shown enough for the Vikings to consider letting Toby Gerhart walk in free agency. Mind you, that may be an indictment of Gerhart more than praise of Asiata. As for this game, Asiata once again had some solid moments behind an inconsistent line but also struggled at times. He doesnít have the speed or power Adrian Peterson has, and is by all appearances a somewhat limited and straightforward runner. His lack of breakaway speed was evident on his last carry of the game, a 39-yard rumble in the fourth quarter. On the play he did a great job finding the hole along the right side of the line and dancing to the second level. After that you could tell he didnít have another gearóhe never really accelerated and ended up topped out in the first ten yards. So when he caught up to the secondary, he couldnít run past them and was tackled. Overall heís a decent runner with some good ability, but nothing special.