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Kevin O'Connell (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Nick Mullens (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Nick Mullens (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

Nick Mullens will throw one touchdown pass in his debut

The Minnesota Vikings solidified their backup quarterback position earlier this week when they traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for Nick Mullens. It’s unclear whether Mullins will play on Saturday night, but the good news is that he has a low bar to clear in order to make the roster.

Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond have been atrocious this preseason with both quarterbacks averaging less than five yards per attempt against the 49ers. Even worse, neither quarterback seems to give the Vikings a chance to win a game, which is something that O’Connell talked about during his postgame presser.

Even if O’Connell wants to downplay the acquisition of Mullens, it’s clear that the performance of the other two quarterbacks was unacceptable. That means that Mullens will probably get a series in on Saturday night and watch Mannion and Mond battle for the final roster spot.

That’s where things get interesting. Mond has the upside you want in a project quarterback but makes decisions like someone who doesn’t belong in the NFL. Mannion knows the offense but also doesn’t look like he belongs in the NFL. Something has to give.

What we do know is that there will be a barrier of protection between these two, giving Minnesota Vikings fans a chance to sit back and enjoy the show.

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