Vikings Add QBs Amid Covid Fiasco
The Vikings have decided to add two QBs amid their Covid fiasco. Kellen Mond tested positive for Covid-19; Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley were both close contacts. The end result was that UDFA Jake Browning was the lone QB left to our Vikings.
The Vikings cannot run training camp practices with just one arm, so the team has opted to add QBs
Vikings Territory‘s Josh Frey explains that Danny Etling “was added through waivers after the Seattle Seahawks released him on Monday.” Earlier, Minnesota added Case Cookus to their QB room. Neither stand a very good chance of making the final roster, though it will be fascinating to see if any are kept throughout camp and perhaps even on the practice squad.
The Vikings are obviously banking on Cousins playing better this year. It’s frustrating that Cousins – who is making $31 million this season and $45 million the next – isn’t available for these practices. He’s being relied on to lead the Vikings. Perhaps the one silver lining is that we’re dealing with this situation now rather than mid-season, as some teams surely will. The hope ought to be that 1) everyone who has Covid-19 makes a full recovery and 2) this situation will motivate players to take the necessary precautions to avoid this situation when the games actually matter.
Mike Zimmer hasn’t been shy about articulating his frustration: “We could put this thing to bed if we’d all do this, but it is what it is.” When asked about if there is frustration this season, Zim confirmed that it’s “exactly right.”
Hopefully the team gets this figured out sooner rather than later. There’s talent on this roster, enough to actually compete in the NFC North.