4 gigantic questions that will be answered in Vikings training camp

(Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) Kellen Mond
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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond /

Who will be Minnesota’s No. 2 QB?

It is nice when the Vikings’ question at quarterback heading into camp isn’t about their starter. While Kirk Cousins is a polarizing topic amongst Minnesota fans, he is entrenched as the starter, and he could be on the cusp of his best NFL season yet.

The quarterback question that will be answered in training camp this summer has to do with figuring out who will end up as Cousins’ backup for the 2022 season.

It will be a battle between veteran Sean Mannion and second-year man Kellen Mond. The pressure really comes down to Mond because how he plays and develops will determine who wins this job.

The Vikings already know what they have in Mannion. He is a quarterback who can help the starter see things in a defense, but if he’s ever asked to come in and play, he will lose the game, as he just isn’t very talented.

Mond didn’t get much of a chance under former Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer last year, so the team still doesn’t know what he can bring to the table when the plays actually count.

Mond is a great athlete who can avoid pressure in the pocket and pick up yards when he’s flushed out of it. His arm is plenty strong, and there isn’t a throw he can’t make.

If Mond can pick up the Vikings’ new offense, read the defense adequately, and throw a catchable ball, he should be the top backup behind Cousins for the upcoming season.

Mannion will likely start camp as Minnesota’s No. 2 quarterback, but if Mond is progressing, it shouldn’t take long until we hear reports that he has begun to take the majority of the second-team reps. If that happens, the question of who will be the Vikings’ backup quarterback in 2022 could be answered by the team’s second preseason game.

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