Asiata carried 12 times for 55 yards and caught six of eight targets for an additional 25 yards in Sunday's 21-10 loss to the Eagles.
Asiata led the team in carries and yards as Jerrick McKinnon (ankle) left the game, finishing second in targets to boot versus a stout Philadelphia defensive unit. The big back would be in line for an expanded workload next week versus Chicago if McKinnon was forced to sit out, but there is a sense of optimism that the latter will be ready to play. Regardless, Asiata has touched the ball 35 times over the last two games and should remain involved in the offense moving forward.
Asiata once again saw fewer carries than Jerick McKinnon, but scored a touchdown for the second straight week. While the 29-year-old veteran has emerged as Minnesota's preferred goal-line option in the wake of Adrian Peterson's knee injury, McKinnon still gets most of the work in general. Despite the timeshare, both are playable options most weeks for a
Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are expected to split carries with Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury. It was thought McKinnon would get the majority of snaps, so it's surprising that Asiata would get the start.
Asiata had four carries for 13 yards in Sunday's win over Tennessee.
Asiata was brought in for one series to give Adrian Peterson a rest late in the game. He's not going to get many carries in a reserve role as long as Peterson is healthy.
Asiata gained eight yards on two carries in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers.
With Adrian Peterson resting, Asiata served as Jerick McKinnon's backup throughout the first half, though the latter only held a 21-15 advantage in snap count, according to Pro Football Focus. Jerick did out-touch Asiata 11-3, leaving little doubt that the speedy 24-year-old is a valuable handcuff for Peterson owners. Even with Peterson healthy, McKinnon could see quite a bit of work on passing downs, along with the occasional early-down carry. Asiata will find touches hard to come by, so long as Peterson stays healthy.
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