The Lions released Asiata on Friday.
Asiata would have provided some goal-line punch if he made the Lions' 53-man roster, but his performance in the preseason was lacking, to say least. He converted 27 carries into 66 yards and no touchdowns, adding two catches on four targets for 14 yards. After a successful five-year run with the Vikings prior to this stint with the Lions, it wouldn't surprise if another organization gives Asiata a shot, perhaps as early as Week 1.
Asiata carried six times for 21 yards during the Lions' preseason loss to the Patriots on Friday.
Though he received a decent amount of work Friday, Asiata benefitted from Zach Zenner's (undisclosed) absence and wasn't particularly impressive in any right. He'll have one more chance to make a statement in the preseason finale Thursday against the Bills.
Asiata rushed five times for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets. He also caught one of two targets for nine yards.
Asiata, who notably entered the game ahead of second-year RB Dwayne Washington, was effective in pass protection but looked to be his usual plodding self as a runner Saturday. He'll likely need to make a much larger impression in the third preseason game in order to unseat Washington for the No. 4 job, as Asiata's skillset is seemingly redundant that of Zach Zenner, who sits at No. 3 on the depth chart.
Asiata's chances of making the final roster will depend on the health of the running backs ahead of him on the Lions' depth chart, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.
Signed in late May to add veteran depth to a relatively young Detroit backfield, Asiata is a jack of all trades but a master of none. He's capable -- but not proficient -- in nearly all of the responsibilities that belong to a modern day NFL running back, including pass protection, catching balls out of the backfield, and toting the rock. However, he's buried under Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick (wrist), Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington on the depth chart. There's a chance Detriot keeps five running backs on the 53-man roster in 2017 since it let go of fullback Michael Burton this offseason, but as it stands, Asiata looks to be competing with fellow reserve Mike James to claim the potential No. 5 RB job.
Asiata agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions on Friday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Asiata, who spent the previous five seasons with the Vikings, will remain in the NFC North as a member of the Lions. The 29-year-old's best season in Minnesota came in 2014, when he tallied 882 total yards to go along with nine touchdowns. With Adrian Peterson sidelined much of 2016, Asiata managed a respectable 402 yards on 121 carries and six touchdowns. He will enter a crowded backfield in Detroit, so it remains to be seen whether he'll make the final roster. The team is likely looking for a bigger back to pair with the elusiveness of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.
Asiata had eight carries for 14 yards and three receptions for 31 yards on three targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Asiata had a productive season with 402 yards rushing, six touchdowns and 32 receptions for 263 yards. He worked as the goal-line back and the No. 2 running back most of the season with Adrian Peterson missing 13 games. His 3.3 yards per carry wasn't impressive, but he was running behind an injury-depleted offensive line and he's always been more of a sure-handed player than explosive back. He'll likely have a similar role in 2017, but much of his fantasy value depends on whether the Vikings bring back Peterson.
Asiata rushed six times for 34 yards and caught three of four targets for 30 yards in Saturday's loss to the Packers.
Asiata was expected to see an expanded role in the absence of Adrian Peterson (knee/groin), but Minnesota could never commit to the ground game while playing in catch-up mode most of the day. Furthermore, as the Packers are much stronger against the run than they are against the pass, Asiata's services simply weren't needed in the red zone because QB Sam Bradford was able to exploit the Green Bay secondary three times through the air. His outlook moving forward is contingent upon Peterson's health, but if his teammate sits, Asiata could be in store for a larger workload in the Vikings' regular season finale Week 17 against the Bears.
With teammate Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) ruled out, Asiata could be in store for an expanded role Saturday against the Packers.
Asiata played merely 12 snaps in Peterson's return from injury last weekend, but with the former MVP back on the sideline again Saturday, Asiata could enjoy a split of snaps with Jerick McKinnon at running back. Although his 3.3 yards per carry this season have left much to be desired, Asiata's six rushing touchdowns at least provide some fantasy upside.
Asiata (ankle) had just one reception for 20 yards and did not have a carry in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis.
Asiata played just 12 snaps on offense as he became a clear third-string running back with Adrian Peterson back from a knee injury. Asiata may have been more of a factor if the Vikings had goal-line chances or were playing with a lead. Still, he's likely going to have a limited role with Peterson back.
Asiata (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt versus the Colts.
The Vikings thus will deploy a three-headed backfield that will be helmed by the returning Adrian Peterson. Jerrick McKinnon and Asiata will presumably divvy up any leftover carries, the amount of which will largely depend on Peterson's durability and health during the contest.
Despite being listed as questionable, Asiata (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Colts, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The return of Adrian Peterson (knee) likely hampers Asiata's fantasy value heading into Sunday's matchup as the Vikings are expected to deploy a three-headed backfield, with Jerick McKinnon also mixing in on the action. However given the Colts' relatively porous run defense, there could be opportunities for all three running backs to do damage, with Asiata figuring to take some of the goal line carries.
Asiata (ankle) did not practice Friday and is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Asiata's status for Sunday's tilt is up in the air after he picked up an ankle injury to end this week. To the Vikings' delight, though, top tailback Adrian Peterson (knee) is slated to return Sunday, and he'll combine with Jerick McKinnon to give Minnesota ample cover in case Asiata is unavailable.
Asiata rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and added 14 yards on two catches in Sunday's win over the Jaguars. He lost a fumble during the game.
Asiata barreled into the end zone from one yard out to give the Vikings their first touchdown of the day early in the fourth quarter. He set himself up for a second with a 23-yard rumble, only to lose a fumble near the goal line a few plays later. The power back has been the definition of a touchdown vulture in recent weeks, with four touchdowns in his last five contests despite averaging just seven carries and 25 rushing yards per game during the span. He might be a shrewd moderate-gain pickup with an Indianapolis defense ranked near the bottom of the league in yards allowed per attempt on deck in Week 15.
Asiata had six carries for 30 yards and lost three yards on one reception in Thursday's loss to Dallas.
Asiata ended a streak of three games with a touchdown, which is bad news for a guy whose fantasy value mostly comes as a goal-line back. He got six carries while Jerick McKinnon (who caught a touchdown pass) had nine, so Asiata continues to get slightly less than half the workload in this timeshare.
Asiata had five carries for 20 yards, including a two-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Arizona. He also had one reception on his only target for seven yards.
Asiata had five carries compared to 16 carries for Jerick McKinnon. He played 21 snaps compared to McKinnon's 31 snaps as he continues his No. 2 role. However, he's the goal-line back so he has viable fantasy value in most formats, but his weekly value is hit-or-miss based on his touchdowns.
Asiata notched 13 yards and a score on nine carries to go along with one catch on as many targets for two yards during Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
Asiata averaged just 1.4 yards per carry as the Vikings' rushing attack continues to struggle during their four-game losing streak. His day was salvaged by a goal-line touchdown run, but his production is mostly limited to such situations at this point. Jerick McKinnon was given three less carries, but figures to receive most of the early-down work moving forward. Asiata's usage should be limited to deeper leagues next week against the Cardinals.
Asiata gained 27 yards on nine carries and caught both of his targets for an additional 14 yards during Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Lions.
Asiata received more touches than Ronnie Hillman and Jerrick McKinnon but was unable to generate much as the backfield failed to produce as a whole. He has received additional work over the last four weeks and has managed an average of 75 scrimmage yards per game, but he has been somewhat inefficient with his touches. Hillman and McKinnon both figure to continue seeing their fair share of work -- as none of this triumvirate appear to have distanced themselves from the others -- meaning Asiata will be tough to trust from a fantasy perspective in Week 10 despite a favorable matchup against the Redskins.
Asiata rushed 14 times for 42 yards and caught two passes (on five targets) for 36 receiving yards in Monday night's loss to the Bears.
Asiata started at running back in light of Jerrick McKinnon's (ankle) absence, but he couldn't get much going behind poor offensive line play. While his 78 all-purpose yards included a 31-yard catch for Minnesota's game-long gain, the Vikings couldn't move the ball enough to get Asiata in position for any of his favored goal-line plunges. Although returning home to face the Lions on Sunday should boost the Vikings' offense, Asiata's fantasy owners would be wise to check McKinnon's status before shaping expectations of either tailback.
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 rushed 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown, and caught all three of his targets for 46 receiving yards Sunday against the Texans.
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 Vikings team that often finds itself protecting leads.