4 biggest takeaways from the Vikings first two weeks of training camp

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Minnesota’s backup QB might not be on their roster

There’s no question that Kirk Cousins is the Vikings’ undisputed starting quarterback. He’s having a great camp and should be in for his best statistical season yet playing for a head coach who believes in him and an offense that will be throwing the ball a lot.

The question heading into camp was who would be the backup, Kellen Mond or Sean Mannion? Through two full weeks of training camp, the answer may be neither.

Mond has been given every opportunity to win the job, but he just can’t string together one consistent and solid practice. He’s had bobbled snaps, been late on his reads, and inaccurate with the football. He also takes off running too quickly and doesn’t sense pressure well.

As bad as he’s been, he has thrown some unbelievable balls giving glimpses of the talent and ability that made him a third-round choice a season ago.

Mannion hasn’t been great either, missing throws and looking like the underwhelming signal-caller that he has been his entire career. We definitely know that if Cousins goes down with an injury this team is absolutely screwed.

The Vikings did bring in Kevin Hogan for a workout but if they are going to sign someone like that,  they might as well just stick with Mond or Mannion. However, a trade could be made at the end of the preseason that brings a competent backup to Minnesota.