At worst, Mond is the No. 3 quarterback
Despite being drafted by the previous regime in Minnesota, the team’s new coaching staff has been giving second-year quarterback Kellen Mond more opportunities to succeed this summer.
It took a few practices, but Mond and Sean Mannion split reps at quarterback with the Vikings’ second-team offense for the majority of training camp. Near the end of camp, it appeared that the younger signal-caller was earning a slight edge over Mannion for Minnesota’s top backup job behind Kirk Cousins.
Whether the Vikings are comfortable with Mond as their No. 2 quarterback for the regular season or not, one thing that’s for sure is that there is no need for Mannion to be kept on the team’s final roster this year. He might know the offense like the back of his hand, but that means absolutely nothing when he can’t perform well out on the actual field whenever he’s been given the chance in the past.
Perhaps Minnesota adds a different veteran signal-caller before Week 1 to be their top backup instead of Mond. Either way, Mond has, at the very least, earned the right to be among the final 53 players the Vikings will keep around for the upcoming 2022 campaign.