Vikings reportedly add ‘Hard Knocks’ star to their 2022 practice squad
By Adam Patrick
On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings reportedly added former Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough to their 2022 practice squad.
Following the departures of Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion on Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings were only left with two quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Nick Mullens, on their active roster and none on their practice squad. That changed on Thursday, however, as the Vikings reportedly signed former Detroit Lions signal-caller David Blough to their practice squad according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.
Despite being a reserve quarterback with the Lions since 2019, Blough‘s popularity among fans around the league has increased a bit during the last few weeks thanks to his inclusion in the latest edition of HBO’s hit television show “Hard Knocks”.
Every year, HBO picks a team to follow during training camp and the preseason, and the latest version featured Blough and the Lions. When it came to the new Minnesota quarterback, the show highlighted the ups and downs that he experienced during the last few weeks as he battled to be Detroit’s No. 2 signal-caller behind Jared Goff.
Former Detroit Lions QB David Blough added to Minnesota Vikings practice squad
After a college career at Purdue, Blough was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 2019. Following a decent preseason with the Browns, the Lions decided he was worth trading for and they made a deal for him before the start of the 2019 regular season.
During Blough’s three years with Detroit, he only appeared in seven games, but five of these were starts he made during his rookie season. Blough wasn’t able to lead the Lions to a win in any of his five starts, but he clearly did enough during the last few years for Detroit to keep him around until Wednesday’s departure.
He’s a solid No. 3 quarterback and he is easily a much better option for the role than Mond or Mannion. Hopefully, however, Minnesota doesn’t end up ever needing Blough during the upcoming season, as that would likely be an indication that Cousins needed to miss time due to an injury or due to something else.