Vikings keep fourth-string quarterback Kyle Sloter on the 53-player roster

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The Vikings are in the unusual situation of having three quarterbacks who could start on a lot of teams, with Case Keenum as their starter, Sam Bradford as Keenum’s backup, and Teddy Bridgewater as the third-stringer who was inactive on Sunday. But those three aren’t the only quarterbacks in Minnesota.

When the Vikings activated Bradford, they also kept quarterback Kyle Sloter, an undrafted rookie from Northern Colorado, on the 53-player roster. That’s very unusual, as many teams don’t even keep three quarterbacks on their rosters, let alone four. But it’s a sign of how much promise the Vikings think Sloter has that they don’t want to release him from their roster now and risk some other team signing him.

As Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen noted this morning on PFT Live, when the Vikings originally signed Sloter to the practice squad in September, they paid him significantly more than practice-squad players typically get paid because they wanted him to choose Minnesota over other practice-squad offers. That paid off when Bradford and Bridgewater were both hurt and Sloter was available to be called up to the 53-player roster.

And with Keenum, Bradford and Bridgewater all in the last years of their contracts, it’s easy to picture the Vikings only keeping one of them in 2018 and Sloter being promoted to No. 2. There’s precedent to that working out well: In 2000, the Patriots kept four quarterbacks, including fourth-string rookie Tom Brady. In 2001 he was promoted to second string, then after he took over for the injured Drew Bledsoe, Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

36 responses to “Vikings keep fourth-string quarterback Kyle Sloter on the 53-player roster

  1. I feel bad for the saints kid and not for the reasons you would think ,,not a fan of either team but a fan of football ,this missed play is a result of too much being coached up ,too much preventative coaching in this era ,this has never happened ever in the history of the NFL playoffs ,,,a walk off touchdown ! This could have never happened in another era because you just played the game and did not play the scenarios in your head ! One other thing I hope I have seen the last for Gene Steritor and his crew ,,when ever they have a game it is nothing but a flag fest and review fest guy loves being on tv ! The Jaguars Steelers game was officiated great ,,was like watching a different sport comprised to the pass interference laymen Vikings game !

  2. …There’s precedent to that working out well: In 2000, the Patriots kept four quarterbacks, including fourth-string rookie Tom Brady….
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    Tom who?

    Never heard of him.

  3. I certainly hope no one is comparing Kyle Sloter to Tom Brady. Unless of course 20 years from now everyone is talking about the storied career of one Kyle Sloter the greatest to have every played.

    Until then; lets just assume he is a promising prospect.

  4. The Broncos gave the kid no shot to make the team. Vance Joseph even said he wasn’t really even being evaluated.

    Not saying the kid will be a pro bowler but, he was the best QB during camp in Denver. Just ask any media person in Denver.

  5. Sure they have good feeling about the fourth stringer. But they also don’t plan on keeping one or two of the first three, thus the obvious decision to keep Sloter. They will have to pay Keenum, they will then contract Bradford or Bridgewater at a contract number which is very friendly to the Vikings, if neither of those can be worked out they will get another veteran to back up Keenum. Sloter will be the #3 and a project that they prefer to the 6th rounder they would use for a #3 if he were not already with them.

    Business as usual, nothing more.

  6. Really stunning when you consider the two roster spots they might need headed into the championship game and possible the SB. If this guy is so good, then why even keep Bradford and Bridgewater? Definitely an odd situation….

  7. Come on MDS….. let’s not even put TB in this article, or any sort of comparison of Sloter and TB.

    TB12=GOAT
    Sloter=back up SO FAR!

  8. Ok calm down, calm down. There are probably a 100 stories like this that never pan out as compared to the one that did. GB is saying the same things about Joe Callahan.

  9. If Rashod Hill blocks like he did last night the Vikes might need all 4 against Philly. What nickname did Cam Jordan come up with for him after he destroyed him all night? Put Remmers back to RT this week. Hill cost the Vikes 2 FG attempts when they were near the 30 with 3rd down sacks.

  10. Jeff Fisher had both NFCCG starting QBs in 2015 with the Rams and couldn’t put together a winning record.

  11. Sloter was the BEST qb in training camp for the Broncos. I am still bitter as hell they let him go. Did he need development? Sure…but the confidence and intelligence was there. He had “it”. Stupid Vance Joseph.

  12. hardheadedrb says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:15 am
    If Rashod Hill blocks like he did last night the Vikes might need all 4 against Philly. What nickname did Cam Jordan come up with for him after he destroyed him all night? Put Remmers back to RT this week. Hill cost the Vikes 2 FG attempts when they were near the 30 with 3rd down sacks.
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    You got that right. I think the Vikings got a little too cute putting Remmers at LG for that game. He had never played guard until the Chicago game, when he played right guard, and that was necessitated by Elflein’s injury. Let’s go back to something approaching what the line looked like all year and put Sirles at LG. Maybe he isn’t great, but RT is more important than LG.

  13. Bradford will be gone for sure, sloter will be #2 for sure. Keenum or Teddy is the only question. The decision Rick makes will not be easy and the outcome will always hang on his neck,,,,,good or bad. Keenum looks like the simple choice but Zimmer and the purple love Teddy.

  14. Geez, get a grip some of you guys. No one is saying Sloter is as good as Brady. They merely mentioned draft position, not skills. Just because I played guitar in a band doesn’t mean people claim I’m as good as Clapton.

  15. Give Keenum 20 mil, give Teddy 6, Give sloter 1-2 mil a year and you don’t have any QB problems for a long while even with injury.

    Bradford should get another chance somewhere else. Maybe Cleveland.

  16. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    January 15, 2018 at 9:37 am
    Congrats too the vike’s on a great franchise and season. Pack nation is behind you too win it all. Go make history boy’s! Skol pack

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    Thanks numba1wiscosportsfan. I love you man

  17. Late fourth quarter I was thinking Keenum cost himself a lot of money with this performance. By the end of the game, he had added a few million to his next contract. The Vikings won’t let him go, and Bridgewater will be brought back as one-hit wonder insurance with a reasonable short-term contract. Bradford will probably follow Shurmur to Arizona and Sloter will be the developmental guy. It’s a nice situation to be in.

  18. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Late fourth quarter I was thinking Keenum cost himself a lot of money with this performance. By the end of the game, he had added a few million to his next contract. The Vikings won’t let him go, and Bridgewater will be brought back as one-hit wonder insurance with a reasonable short-term contract. Bradford will probably follow Shurmur to Arizona and Sloter will be the developmental guy. It’s a nice situation to be in.

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    Totally agree with you. But, I don’t really like that he will get paid more because of the the Minnesota Miracle. I like Keenum, but don’t want to overpay. He’s been pretty uneven the last 1/2 dozen games or so.

  19. hardheadedrb says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:15 am
    If Rashod Hill blocks like he did last night the Vikes might need all 4 against Philly. What nickname did Cam Jordan come up with for him after he destroyed him all night? Put Remmers back to RT this week. Hill cost the Vikes 2 FG attempts when they were near the 30 with 3rd down sacks.

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    Saints kept stacking the right side of the D line (3 DL from C over) which forced the Vikes to send help that way and left Hill/Jordan 1 on 1 in some key spots. Good game plan as not many RT are going to consistently win that 1 on 1 battle.

  20. I feel bad for the saints …
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    Don’t.

    Starting safety Sendejo lwft the game with a concussion after being blindsided helmet to helmet. Earlier, on a slide, Keenum slid underneath a forearm aimed at his head. Several plays later, on a sack, two Saints hit Keenum in the head — one with a forearm, the other with his hand. Unlike 2009, the refs called that.

    After taking out the starting safety, Brees started completing passes. Coincidence?

    Not after the 2009 championship game.

    There is no way four different players go for the head without that being intentional and practiced.

  21. “zor9999 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 9:46 am
    This is a team that has respect for the QB Position. Always be thinking ahead. I wish the Bills would do this….”

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    Cardinals would’ve benefited from this notion as well. How many years of injuries to your starting QB does it take to wake up and find a better solution at backup…?

  22. After seeing how Keenum played the second half, I’m not sure he’ll get his payday. Next week he faces a much better defense, much better pass rush from a deep defensive line. If he fails to deliver and the Vikings lose, this season may be looked at as a fluke, driven by a good defense and superior coaching. He’ll be again regarded as too short.

  23. ch1ggs says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:01 am
    Vance Joseph is a moron. That’s all that can be said about Sloter leaving Denver.
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    doggz109 says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:29 am
    Sloter was the BEST qb in training camp for the Broncos. I am still bitter as hell they let him go. Did he need development? Sure…but the confidence and intelligence was there. He had “it”. Stupid Vance Joseph.
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    John Elway called that. Pure and simple. Paxton Lynch is/was his guy. The Broncos even dumbed down the play book to almost high school level, and Paxton still couldn’t win the starting spot.

    Vance is/was to a certain degree,a figure head regarding the QB selection last year.

  24. Bluestree says:
    January 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    After seeing how Keenum played the second half, I’m not sure he’ll get his payday. Next week he faces a much better defense, much better pass rush from a deep defensive line.
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    Let’s see, the Saints gave up 224.8 passing yards per game and the Eagles gave up 227.3. The Saints had 20 interceptions, the Eagles had 19. The Saints had 42 sacks, the Eagles had 38. Passer rating against the Saints was 79.0, passer rating against the Eagles was 79.5. The Eagles have a great run defense but I’m not sure I would say their pass rush is necessarily a lot better.

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