Asiasi is a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. With Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith both healthy and active, Asiasi will again sit out. He has yet to play in a game for the Patriots this season.
Asiasi was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Asiasi's return coincides with fellow 2020 draft pick Dalton Keene shifting to injured reserve with a knee injury. The offseason signings of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith have essentially assured Asiasi will be primarily a special teams asset this season provided the expensive duo stays healthy.
Asiasi (illness) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is practicing virtually, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports. Asiasi is considered 'out indefinitely' according to Hannable, but Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that the second-year tight end is only experiencing mild symptoms, and that he's targeting a return to the field as soon as he's cleared all of the league's protocols related to COVID-19. David Wells is expected to handle increased reps behind Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith until Asiasi is cleared for a return.
Asiasi, who caught just two passes in nine games as a rookie last season, "quietly put together a solid spring," according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. That said, the 2020 third-rounder sits no higher than third on the Patriots' tight end depth chart following the team's offseason additions of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry in free agency. Asiasi thus profiles as a depth option as the coming season approaches and is off the fantasy radar as long as Smith and Henry are available. Also in the team's TE mix behind the top duo are Dalton Keene, Matt LaCosse and Troy Fumagalli.
Asiasi finished the 2020 season with two catches on seven targets for 39 yards yards and a TD in nine games. Meanwhile, fellow rookie tight end Dalton Keene caught three passes for 16 yards in six contests. It was hardly the production the Patriots were looking for when using a pair of third-round draft picks to secure the duo, but both players do possess some long-term upside. It's a bit early to assess Asiasi's 2021 fantasy prospects, however, with personnel changes in the team's offense likely on tap this offseason, both at TE and QB.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||24||9.40|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||31||11.33|
|3 Year Avg||7||2||39||1||2||19.50||9|