Lions sign Kyle Sloter, could face Vikings in Week 14

(Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Kyle Sloter
(Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Kyle Sloter /

The former Minnesota Vikings quarterback was signed by the Detroit Lions on Saturday after spending the majority of the season on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.

Despite his outstanding efforts on the field whenever he was given the opportunity to play for the Minnesota Vikings during the most recent preseason, Kyle Sloter was not selected as the team’s backup behind Kirk Cousins for 2019.

In fact, the Vikings didn’t even keep him on the roster for the regular season. Instead, Minnesota went with Sean Mannion as their No. 2 quarterback for this year, a guy who has yet to throw a touchdown pass since he entered the NFL in 2015.

It didn’t take long for Sloter to land with another team after the Vikings sent him packing though. The 25-year-old quarterback was quickly signed by the Arizona Cardinals and added to the team’s practice squad.

Sloter has remained with the Cardinals all season, however, the Detroit Lions decided on Saturday to add the quarterback to their active roster.

Detroit was in need of some more quarterback depth with Matthew Stafford dealing with multiple ailments and Jeff Driskel being placed on injured reserve. With Sloter now joining the team, he and rookie David Blough appear to be the only two healthy signal-callers on the Lions’ active roster heading into Week 13.

Coincidentally, there is a chance that Sloter could potentially face Minnesota in Week 14 when Detroit heads to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Vikings. If Sloter is the guy starting under center for the Lions in this matchup, one would assume he would have a little extra motivation to help his new team beat Minnesota.

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Even though the Vikings didn’t want to keep him around this season, Detroit clearly thinks the young quarterback has the talent to deserve a job in the NFL. If Sloter ends up getting a shot to play before the end of the year, there’s a chance that even more teams around the league will be looking to add him to their roster in 2020.