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Draft Scout Matt Asiata News
05/30/17 - RB Matt Asiata signed an undisclosed contract with the Lions on Tuesday. Asiata, 29, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings from 2012 to 2016. He rushed for 402 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games (six starts) with Minnesota last season.
05/27/17 - RB Matt Asiata, former Minnesota Vikings running back, agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Although the Lions have not confirmed the deal, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, citing a source, reported it Friday night. Asiata spent the last five seasons with the Vikings, primarily as a backup to perennial Pro Bowler Adrian Peterson.
The 6-foot, 219-pounder saw his most extensive action when Peterson was suspended for most of the 2014 season, making a career-high nine starts and rushing for 570 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 44 catches for 312 yards. Asiata appeared in all 16 games last season, starting six, and rushed for 402 yards and six scores on 121 carries. an undrafted free agent out of Utah, Asiata has rushed for 1,259 yards in 74 career games (16 starts), and has 101 receptions plus another score. Detroit's ground game was among the worst in the NFL in 2016, ranking 30th with an average of 77.1 yards per game.
10/04/16 - RBs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, the running back committee that's carrying the load for Minnesota with star Adrian Peterson out for the long term, each had a rushing touchdown
03/17/16 - RB Matt Asiata, who became an unrestricted free agent with the Vikings March 9, agreed to terms with the Vikings Wednesday (March 16).
11/19/15 - RB Matt Asiata (quadriceps) went from limited practice participation on Wednesday to full participation on Thursday. He will be good to go as the team's best pass protecting running back and the occasional ball-carrier when Adrian Peterson needs a rest.