6 biggest Vikings takeaways from the 2024 Senior Bowl

Quarterback Spencer Rattler of South Carolina
Quarterback Spencer Rattler of South Carolina / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
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Senior Bowl Takeaway No. 4

Spencer Rattler is earning another shot

As someone who always supported Spencer Rattler, it is good to see him clearing his name and proving himself to be an NFL-caliber player again. After a rough career at Oklahoma, Rattler transferred to South Carolina, where he put up some big games on big stages but had some issues with consistency.

Rattler arrived in Mobile with plenty to prove, and he did exactly that. He was named MVP by his defensive teammates during the week of practice, where he was easily the best quarterback on his roster.

He parlayed that success into a game MVP when he led a touchdown drive in one of his two series on the field. Reports are also indicating that Rattler is showing immense maturity which was a major question mark after clips from his high school days went viral a few years ago.

Rattler is not going to be a Day 1 starter with a ton of expectations, but there is a chance he is selected as a developmental backup that can provide a spark if called upon. If the Vikings re-sign Kirk Cousins and pass on quarterbacks early in the draft, Rattler might be an option on Day 2 or early on Day 3 to be the backup that learns under Cousins for a year.

It's hard to imagine the Vikings going that route after trying a similar approach with Jaren Hall last season, and there is a chance they will want to see things through with him moving forward. Still, Rattler has earned an NFL job, and his name is scorching hot after his strong week.