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(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Jake Browning
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Quarterback depth is an issue

For the past few years, the Minnesota Vikings have not had great options for their backup quarterback. Neither Sean Mannion nor Trevor Siemian seemed capable of stepping into a game and playing at a high level.

Minnesota has moved on from those two and now have shifted their focus to Jake Browning and Kellen Mond to be behind Kirk Cousins on the depth chart. It is easy to think that the high potential of these unproven quarterbacks would outweigh the low ceiling of established passers, but that concept hasn’t been true yet.

Browning connected on six of his 15 throws on Saturday night and only picked up 82 yards through the air. Meanwhile, Mond looked no better. He only gained 61 yards while completing six of his 12 throws.

Maybe it’s time to open the quarterback competition back up. It might be a good idea to call in a few free-agent veteran passers or watch for quarterbacks trimmed from other teams’ rosters to see what they have to offer as a backup for 2021.