Predicting the Vikings 2020 Depth Chart: Quarterbacks

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
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The Backup

Sean Mannion

In terms of ability, Sean Mannion certainly isn’t going to rank near the top of any list of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. But for some reason, the Vikings are happy with Mannion as their No. 2 guy behind Kirk Cousins.

Mannion has been in the NFL since 2015 and he still hasn’t thrown a single touchdown pass. He’s started a total of two games and he’s attempted less than 75 passes in his entire career.

When Minnesota let their starters rest during their season finale against the Chicago Bears last year, Mannion ended up getting the start under center. The result was him getting flustered by an underachieving Bears team as he completed just 57.1 of his passes for 126 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.

Still, the Vikings decided Mannion was worth re-signing this offseason and most assume he’ll continue to remain the top backup behind Cousins in 2020. But if Cousins has to miss any amount of time during the upcoming season, Minnesota will be forced to give meaningful playing time to Mannion and that could result in a tremendous disaster.