RB Matt Asiata agrees to one-year deal with Lions
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 10:06
That will likely continue to be his role in Detroit as he enters a backfield that sustained numerous ailments last season.
Signing former Minnesota running back Matt Asiata to a one-year deal gives the Lions some more experience in a room where everyone except for Theo Riddick is still on rookie contracts.
Asiata will definitely get a chance to make the team.
Asiata started his career with the Vikings in 2012. He should be nothing more than a short-yardage back. Asiata will compete with Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington, Mike James, and undrafted rookie Tion Green for playing time during training camp and the preseason.
"I think anybody knows who has seen him work, he's a good special teamer", Lions coach Jim Caldwell said before the tryout. "He's always been a very, very effective player in this league". He also caught 101 passes for 722 yards and another score.
The Lions are hoping running back Ameer Abdullah can bounce back after he was limited to 18 carries last season because of a foot injury.
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His best season came in 2014 when he ran for 570 yards and nine touchdowns while starting nine games for the suspended Adrian Peterson.
Asiata joins a Lions roster already littered with players with Utah ties, including former Highland High product Haloti Ngata and BYU's Ezekiel Ansah on the defensive line as well as a trio of players in the secondary in Utah State's Nevin Lawson, and Miles Killebrew and Josh Thornton from Southern Utah.