VIDEO: Vikings QB Kellen Mond delivers a spectacular throw in practice
By Adam Patrick
As he continues to battle for the No. 2 job behind Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond made a sensational throw during Friday’s practice.
As the Minnesota Vikings inch toward their first exhibition matchup of the 2022 preseason, Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion are currently in the middle of a training camp battle to open up the regular season as the team’s top backup quarterback behind Kirk Cousins.
Through Friday’s training camp practice, both Mond and Mannion have been given plenty of chances to separate themselves from the other. However, neither quarterback has really performed well enough yet to be the obvious choice as the Vikings’ top backup.
During Friday’s practice, Mannion got the first opportunity to work with Minnesota’s second-team offense before Mond. However, the young Vikings quarterback stated his case for the No. 2 job with a very impressive throw down the field to wide receiver Albert Wilson.
Potential of Kellen Mond could help him earn Minnesota Vikings No. 2 quarterback job
Looking back at how his first year in the NFL went with Minnesota in 2021, one could easily argue that this season is Mond’s true rookie campaign with the Vikings.
He now has a coaching staff that is focused on helping him develop and Minnesota’s new staff has been giving him a good amount of opportunities to shine out on the practice field during the team’s training camp this summer.
When looking at who he is competing with, the bar is extremely low for Mond to clear, as Mannion is one of the worst quarterbacks in the entire NFL. The Vikings value what Mannion can add on the sideline and in the meeting room from a mental aspect, but that really shouldn’t be enough of a qualification for him to land the team’s No. 2 quarterback job this year.
Minnesota already has a starter in Cousins and the potential that Mond has (as he displayed in the video clip above) should give him an edge to win the top backup job. Unless the second-year quarterback just goes out and has an awful preseason this summer, he should likely be the choice to enter the regular season as the Vikings’ No. 2 signal-caller.