|Jerick McKinnon gets the start over Asiata -- Sun Oct 12 11:30 pm --|
Vikings shake up running back depth chart
|Jerick McKinnon was informed during the week that he would start against the Lions, and he did.
“I tried to prepare myself the best for it, really dial in, focus in on my assignment and make sure that I was on top of everything,” McKinnon said.
McKinnon gained 40 yards on 11 rushes and had a team-high six catches for 42 yards.
Matt Asiata, meanwhile, got two carries for minus-5 yards.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: The Vikings kept their depth chart change quiet leading up to Week 6. McKinnon has more athletic ability than Asiata and provides a home-run threat that Asiata doesn't possess. McKinnon has RB3 value until the Vikings prove they can move the ball on a consistent basis.
|Zimmer: McKinnon still change-of-pace back -- Mon Sep 29 3:35 pm --|
Rookie rushed for 135 yards in Week 4
|Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, HC Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back. Zimmer said he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses.
“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Matt Asiata has scored three touchdowns in a game twice through four career starts, yet just about all anyone wants to talk about McKinnon. At the moment, Zimmer's statement is probably more telling about Adrian Peterson's future than it is about Asiata's lead-back role. With that said, McKinnon needs to be added in whatever leagues he was available in because there is no question he should see roughly 10-15 touches per week in an offense that will feature the running game.
|McKinnon likely to see expanded role -- Thu Sep 18 4:30 pm --|
OC Norv Turner suggests he could go with "hot hand"
|A stout, relatively durable back (5-11, 234), Matt Asiata is the best equipped of the Vikings' current backfield to take on the heavy dosage Peterson typically commanded. Although rookie Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see an expanded role.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson graded McKinnon well in his first extended time against the Patriots, McKinnon said, though there's certain areas he needs to work on that don't involve carrying the football. (ESPN 1500 Twin Cities)|
FF Today's Take: St. Paul Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomasson tweeted earlier today that Turner will use both backs and could lean on one if he develops a "hot hand". McKinnon graded out well in Week 2, has reportedly picked up the playbook quickly and is the superior athlete, but it seems a bit much to ask of him to go from a jack-of-all-trades option quarterback at a FCS school to NFL lead back in less than one year. Nevertheless, he's a worthwhile stash as the situation sorts itself out.
|Vikings reverse course on AP -- Wed Sep 17 2:30 am --|
Placed on Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list
|A statement from Vikings.com regarding the ongoing case regarding Adrian Peterson: In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. (Vikings.com)|
FF Today's Take: There's no mandatory length of stay on the list, but the Vikings indicated that Peterson would remain there "until the legal proceedings are resolved." This is looking more and more like it will be an extended absence, especially since Peterson will be held out of team activities while the situation is resolved. Matt Asiata becomes a strong flex/low-end RB2 play for as long as AP is forced to sit out.
|Adrian Peterson case "under review" by NFL -- Tue Sep 16 10:54 am --|
Former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel reviewing Hardy case too
|The NFL says the Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases are under review, according to Ed Werder's Twitter post. The Vikings reinstated Peterson Monday, but deferred any questions about further discipline to the league office. The NFL's new hire, former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel, is examining both cases. (Twitter (@Edwerderespn))|
FF Today's Take: Whether the NFL has the power to step in and suspend Peterson before the case goes to trial is hard to assess, but FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday it falls under the new domestic violence policy, in which first-time offenders get a six-game ban. Our advice is to hold Matt Asiata until a clearer picture emerges.
|Asiata set to make third career start -- Sat Sep 13 7:00 am --|
Will replace Adrian Peterson in starting lineup
|Matt Asiata is expected to start in Peterson’s absence Sunday, with rookie Jerick McKinnon serving as the backup. Asiata, in his third season, will make his third career start. The previous two starts occurred in the final two games last season, when Peterson and Toby Gerhart were inactive with injuries. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Even with Peterson out of the lineup, the Vikings should focus on the running game against the Patriots who gave up 193 yards to Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller last week. Asiata should touch the ball 20 times with the rookie McKinnon playing a complementary role.
|Adrian Peterson indicted, Week 2 status unclear -- Fri Sep 12 5:15 am --|
Charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child
|Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports. Last October, Peterson's 2-year-old son died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after being allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the NFL this week... this has been an on-going case and Peterson testified for the grand jury weeks ago. He hasn't been arrested but may need to turn himself in leaving his status for this week up in the air. There's been now official word from the Vikings as of yet. Matt Asiata would likely start if Peterson is unavailable.