Minnesota Vikings Player No. 5: QBs Jake Browning/Nate Stanley
The Minnesota Vikings have two promising young signal-callers on their team right now. They signed quarterback Jake Browning after the draft last year and this year used a seventh-round pick on Iowa’s Nate Stanley.
These two will battle it out to be the Vikings’ third quarterback, but the problem is the team hasn’t kept three quarterbacks since 2018. This could be a battle of who makes the practice squad. However, there is a chance that after all the dust settles, neither one of these guys will because they’ll be on another team.
Quality quarterbacks are hard to come by in the NFL. While Browning didn’t do much his rookie season, he has been in the league for a year learning. He possesses some solid physical traits, as he’s 6-foot-2 with a strong arm. He also moves well in the pocket and throws an accurate ball when he’s on the move. He also isn’t afraid to put the football into tight spots and has a bit of a gunslinger mentality to him.
Stanley is more physically imposing than Browning as he’s 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. He has a much stronger arm but doesn’t move as well. He also has some accuracy issues but had a productive career at Iowa throwing for nearly 70 touchdowns.
These two will have to take huge strides in the preseason to make the Vikings roster. If the team chooses to keep three quarterbacks, then the loser of this battle could be sent to the practice squad. If the Vikings only keep two, then the winner could be the one who continues his Minnesota career on the practice squad.
If they both have impressive moments, then there’s a shot neither stay Vikings as another team snaps them up to develop on their bench.