Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata (44) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
You just assumed after the Vikings drafted Jerick McKinnon in the third round that McKinnon would be installed as the #2 running back and Matt Asiata would have to battle just to stick on the roster. But right now Asiata is the clear #2 back behind Adrian Peterson, while McKinnon looks like a guy who is struggling to find a role. Asiata gives the Vikings a little more insurance if Peterson gets hurt, and he’s winning tons of praise for his blocking and receiving skills. McKinnon has a place on this team, but Asiata is the better all-around player at this point.