Kellen Mond stakes claim to backup job in Minnesota with a pair of touchdown passes in Las Vegas

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After spending his rookie season on the bad side of former coach Mike Zimmer, Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond found himself even with Sean Mannion for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, behind Kirk Cousins.

Mond took a big step toward taking the backup job on Sunday, throwing two touchdown passes in extended action against the Raiders.

Mannion got the start, playing three drives. Mond then carried the game into the fourth quarter, before Mannion returned to wrap things up. Mannion led the Vikings to no touchdowns.

Both of Mond’s touchdown passes went to Albert Wilson, an eight-year veteran who had a promising start to his career in Kansas City but never became what the Dolphins envisioned when signing him as a free agent in 2018. Wilson is buried on the depth chart, listed as a fifth-stringer. It will be interesting to see if that changes after today.

It also will be interesting to see if Mond’s star rises a bit. He completed nine of 14 passes for 119 yards. He finished with a passer rating of 130.7.

The touchdown throws came from the pocket, with Mond showing decisiveness and firing the ball while standing still. Perhaps the most encouraging play (despite finishing in an incompletion) came when Mond used his legs to buy time, something the Vikings haven’t enjoyed since Case Keenum in 2017.

Mond is no threat to Cousins, this year. Things could get interesting in 2023, when Cousins will enter (once again) a contract year. Will the Vikings extend him again, or will they let Cousins enter camp as the starter, recognizing that Mond could maybe take over at some point?

There’s a chance the Vikings will opt for none of the above. However, Mond’s wage-scale contract which has three years remaining gives the Vikings a chance to see whether the new regime can make the old regime (well, at least the former G.M.) look good for the decision to use a third-round pick on Mond in 2021.

26 responses to “Kellen Mond stakes claim to backup job in Minnesota with a pair of touchdown passes in Las Vegas

  1. Mannion has to be the worse QB in the NFL. Vikings need to keep two QBs and fill in Mannions spot with one of their speedsters that played well today.

  2. If he would have seen the wide open receiver in the right side of the end zone, Mond would have had 3 touchdowns. His arm is pretty dang good, so if he can expand his vision, he’ll be a great QB in the future. Go get em Kellen!

  3. Not sure if I was watching the same game he looked ok but he made some bad throws to open Wr’s so lets slow the roll on the next up and coming star.

  4. There’s the guy that re-wrote the Texas A&M record book.
    Great depth on the defensive line, this team will get after the quarterback.
    Cine, Asamoah and Chandler looked the part.
    Good depth finally on the offensive line at guard.

  5. If the Vikings are mathematically eliminated by their traditional Thanksgiving benchmark, this guy will become the designated starter and Cousins can start spending his money.

  6. Mond didn’t play too bad today. Made some nice throws, maintained composure in a collapsing pocket a few times while keeping his eyes downfield and making the strike. He’s got a long way to go, but he certainly looked better than the Love kid.

  7. Mond clearly played better. Mannion showed why he’s been a career backup and not a very good one at that.

  8. This kid may or may not make it but the Vikings are giving him the best opportunity by finally, actually, practicing draft and develop as opposed to draft, draft, draft, draft some more, and keep on drafting, hoping something finally sticks, no matter how any promising kids get ruined in the process.

    A lot of other teams could learn a lesson here.

  9. I’m not the biggest Kirk fan but to talk Mond over Cousins in 2023 is laughable…HUGE gap in ability. Mond is not the answer.

  10. I think he’s got a real chance of becoming good. He just needs to open his range of vision and not miss the open players in the endzone. 9 of 14 is a lot better than Manion did.

  11. Mond, a second year 3rd round pick, completes 2 TD passes to a 5th string wide receiver and maybe earning a promotion to the backup QB position.

    Meanwhile over in GB, the fans and HC are busy making excuses as to why their 3rd year 1st round pick throws 3 INT’s in three consecutive drives while playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers.

    SMH…

  12. I hope it works out for this kid. Didn’t care for the way Zimmer threw him under the bus. For some reason I just want to see Mond succeed.

  13. Meanwhile over in GB, the fans and HC are busy making excuses as to why their 3rd year 1st round pick throws 3 INT’s in three consecutive drives while playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers.
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    Congrats. Y’all are kings of the offseason and now you’ve won the pre-season. Does that make it easier to handle the playoff drought?

  14. Kellen Mond, our next super bowl winning quarterback in Minnesota. He joins an illustrious group. Oh wait . .

  15. Considering what a bad job Zimmer did wcoaching Mond, I think he played well yesterday….no tunrovers. His time with Zimmer probably set him back. His second TD pass was spot on just like his first one on the slant. Mond is finally getting a chance to compete for QB2. KOC being a former QB can only help the young man’s game. I cannot wait to see what the starters can do in this sytem. Mond will be just fine and one can breathe a vey small sigh of relief if he ever has to come in or start a game. Couins is very durable – knock on wood.

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    pkrlvr says:
    August 15, 2022 at 9:41 am
    Meanwhile over in GB, the fans and HC are busy making excuses as to why their 3rd year 1st round pick throws 3 INT’s in three consecutive drives while playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers.
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    Congrats. Y’all are kings of the offseason and now you’ve won the pre-season. Does that make it easier to handle the playoff drought?

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    Pretty big talk for a fan whose team CAN”T win a play off game at home and that said team has a second class WR corp – good luck with that.

  16. Mond played better than expected, but still has a ways to go. He missed or didn’t see some open guys and it didn’t appear as if the Raiders were blitzing him like they did Manion. About what you’d expect from a 3rd round pick. Looks like the WR and RB depth is pretty solid. Not too impressed with the back-up DTs and LBs or the special teams coverage units.

  17. There were at least three or more balls the WRs should have caught, but didn’t. If it were JJ or Thielen, they would have been completions. I’m not ready to anoint Mond as a starter, but he’s at least getting a legit chance to show his stuff. Mannion looked really skittish and spooked.

  18. He definitely took a huge step in the right direction. The flipside of the coin is that he hast to get faster and more decisive. He looked really good Sunday but it was against second and third stringers, but there’s no way he would’ve been that good against starters. If he can keep taking steps forward though all will be good for him, only time will tell.

  19. tremoluxman says:
    August 15, 2022 at 4:11 pm
    There were at least three or more balls the WRs should have caught, but didn’t. If it were JJ or Thielen, they would have been completions. I’m not ready to anoint Mond as a starter, but he’s at least getting a legit chance to show his stuff. Mannion looked really skittish and spooked.
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    If Mond plays like he did Sunday, it should be no problem for him to wrap up the QB2 spot. I agree he totally needs more time and I’m looking for him to make great strides this year. He needs too, because if he does the Vikings will be able to keep JJ – Cousins and JJ ya can’t keep them both after 2023.

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