With Matt Asiata out of Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers with a concussion, Minnesota Vikings newcomer Ben Tate and Joe Banyard (zero NFL carries) are the only backs behind rookie starter Jerick McKinnon. We expect the Vikings to give Tate several carries to spell for the rookie Jerick McKinnon.
“I’ve got to all focus on football and let everything else happen,” Tate said of dealing with switching teams during the middle of the season, per the Minnesota Star Tribune. “Whatever I got to do outside of that is secondary. The first thing is making sure I understand my plays and just coming out here ready to go, full speed, and being ready to help in any aspect needed.”
His coach Mike Zimmer is impressed with his size and speed.
“He’s got some explosiveness hitting the hole and obviously he’s a big-bodied guy,” Zimmer said. “He’s done a good job with protection so far. So we’ll see how it goes.”