Matt Asiata scheduled to work out for Lions

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After the draft came to an end without any new running backs on the roster, Lions General Manager Bob Quinn said that they considered a couple of backs but didn’t think anyone they picked would push one of their current backs off the squad.

That may not be the case when it comes to veterans still looking for work in 2017. Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the team is scheduled to work out former Viking Matt Asiata.

Asiata ran 121 times for 402 yards and six touchdowns last season while seeing a spike in playing time with Adrian Peterson out of the lineup. He scored nine touchdowns while filling in for Peterson during the 2014 season and also caught 101 passes over his five seasons in Minnesota.

He’d bring a different look to the backfield than top two backs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. So would LeGarrette Blount, who shares a New England background with Quinn, and Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that the Lions are “squarely in play” for his services.

18 responses to “Matt Asiata scheduled to work out for Lions

  1. I would prefer Blount over Asiata, would at least like to get one of them. The Viking have a pretty weak offensive line so maybe one of these guys can run over some NFC North teams.

  2. About the best thing you can say about Asiata is the same thing that Leroy Hoard said about himself many years ago: “If the team needs 3 yards, I’ll get 3 yards and a cloud of dust — if the team needs 5 yards, I’ll get 3 yards and a cloud of dust “.

  3. Don’t know how to break it to Matt Asiata but once the Vikings have arrived at the conclusion that they no longer need your services, its the end of the line for your NFL career unless you get real lucky and the Cleveland Browns have a need at your position.

  4. I feel bad for Bradford. Weak offensive line (again) and now no running backs. And their receiving core isn’t anything special at the moment. He’s literally going to be target #1 back there.

  5. purpleguy says:
    About the best thing you can say about Asiata is the same thing that Leroy Hoard said about himself many years ago: “If the team needs 3 yards, I’ll get 3 yards and a cloud of dust — if the team needs 5 yards, I’ll get 3 yards and a cloud of dust “.

    Best laugh I had all day, thanks.

  6. Vikes have no running backs? McKinnon is better the Abdullah….pretty sure vikes have cook, Murray and MacKinnon and the vastly upgraded their line. Probably should check your sources before you post stupid stuff.

  7. whatjusthapped says:
    May 2, 2017 5:56 PM

    Don’t know how to break it to Matt Asiata but once the Vikings have arrived at the conclusion that they no longer need your services, its the end of the line for your NFL career unless you get real lucky and the Cleveland Browns have a need at your position.

    …………

    Unless of course, You’re a washed up defensive tackle with dreams of being a drug lord. Then you can get a job with the packers.

  8. Great human being.

    Best of luck to the Asiata family.

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    absolutevisuals says:
    May 2, 2017 6:11 PM
    I feel bad for Bradford. Weak offensive line (again) and now no running backs.

    No running backs? Asiata was a casualty of having too many backs now.

    Last year’s #1 McKinnon is now #3 behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.

  9. Actually, the exact quote is “If you need one yard, I’ll get you three. If you need five yards, I’ll get you three.”

  10. “If you need one yard, I’ll get you three yards. If you need five yards, I’ll get you three yards.”

    -Leroy Hoard

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