March 16, 2016

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed backup running back Matt Asiata.

The Vikings announced the move on Wednesday. Asiata has been with the Vikings for all four of his NFL seasons after being picked up as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011. He has emerged as a steady and dependable backup for Adrian Peterson and filled in admirably while Peterson battled legal issues for most of 2014.

Asiata was used more sparingly last season as Peterson returned to action. He rushed for 112 yards on 29 carries and appeared in all 16 games. But he gives the Vikings' running game a hard-nosed, powerful element to complement the shiftier, speedier backup Jerick McKinnon.

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