4 reasons why Kyle Sloter should be the Vikings’ No. 2 quarterback

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Kyle Sloter
(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Kyle Sloter /
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Sean Mannion
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Sean Mannion /

His competition is no Joe Montana

It’s almost laughable that Sean Mannion is the guy the Vikings are dead set on making their second-string quarterback this year. Mannion has done absolutely nothing in his NFL career to deserve the kind of benefit of the doubt that Minnesota has been giving him in training camp and the preseason this summer.

He has started one game since he entered the league in 2015 and during that contest, his team ended up scoring a total of 13 points against the NFL’s 25th-ranked defense. So when people say that the Vikings are sticking with Mannion as their backup because of his experience, it’s hard not to laugh.

Let’s just look at some of the recent action he’s had in the preseason. In his last preseason 10 games, Mannion has completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,002 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions.

So how has Kyle Sloter played during his last 10 preseason matchups? Well, all Sloter has done is complete 74.8 percent of his throws for 957 yards, nine touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

Before anyone attempts to use the argument that Sloter is normally facing opposing defenses made up of third and fourth-string players, don’t forget that he’s been able to still perform at a high level with a bunch of third-team offensive players around him as well.