5 surprising decisions the Vikings could make before the 2021 season

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Keep three quarterbacks

The Vikings have had some stability at the quarterback position since they shelled out all that money for Kirk Cousins back in 2018. The guy has had his ups and downs on the field, but he’s taken plenty of violent beatings behind make-shift offensive lines, and he always seems to bounce back after those devastating hits.

He’s been so reliable that the team has been able to keep just two active quarterbacks on the roster. In fact, they haven’t kept three quarterbacks since the 2018 season. This could be the season when that trend stops.

Minnesota could surprise and keep three quarterbacks on the active roster. The reason being is that the primary backup is likely going to be rookie Kellen Mond. While he has plenty of talent and upside, the team is too talented to roll the dice with a rookie as their No. 2 quarterback this season.

Jake Browning doesn’t have much more experience than Mond, but he has been in the league since 2019, and he has been studying this offense for two full seasons. He has apparently looked good this offseason, and if the Vikings do keep three, he’s the most likely option.

Browning could at least be a guy who wears the headset well and points certain things out to Mond, in the case Cousins goes down with an injury.