EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. A look at the rushing leaders for the Minnesota Vikings through three preseason games and the big namesdon't lead the list.
Adrian Peterson, of course, is easing his way back in after major knee surgery in December. Toby Gerhart, Peterson's effective backup the past two years, has taken the reps of a No. 1 running back in the preseason, having his chances limited. In their place, a quartet of backs have been given a shot to win the third running back spot on Minnesota's roster behind Peterson and Gerhart.
The name atop the rushing list this preseason? Matt Asiata.
Asiata, listed as a fullback, wasn't even expected to challenge for a running back spot at the beginning of training camp. Expectations were veteran power back Lex Hilliard and young, speedy Jordan Todman would be battling for the final running back spot on the 53-man roster. Undrafted rookie Derrick Coleman was also in the mix.
However, Asiata, given a chance at running back after Todman has strug...