The Minnesota Vikings didn’t have any questions about who’ll be their starting quarterback, as Kirk Cousins is clearly the best option on the roster. When it comes to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, though, there isn’t as much clarity.
Jake Browning and Kellen Mond competed throughout training camp and the preseason for the backup job. On Tuesday, the Vikings revealed who won that job with their latest roster move.
Minnesota has waived Browning from its roster this afternoon, which means Mond will be the backup quarterback heading into Week 1.
Mond was selected by the Vikings in the third round of this year’s draft for a reason. The front office sees starter potential in the Texas A&M product.
The Vikings allowed Mond to play most of their preseason finale. He finished that game with 196 passing yards, 40 rushing yards and an interception.
With #Vikings waiving quarterback Jake Browning, rookie Kellen Mond wins the backup quarterback job.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) August 31, 2021
As for Mond’s future in the NFL, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer believes he’ll need time to work on his processing.
“He [Mond] throws the ball fine,” Zimmer said, via 247Sports. “Does he take a little too much time reading something? Maybe. A lot of that is processing. There’s a lot of things going on. Getting in the huddle, two-minute drill, speeding guys up. There are a lot of things that will happen with experience. I can tell he needs playing time.”
Unless Cousins suffers an injury this fall, Mond will probably not see any regular season action. That’ll allow him to develop his game and adjust to NFL’s speed.
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