1. Sean Mannion, QB
The backup quarterback battle in Minnesota is the one to follow heading into the deadline. Everyone knows that Kirk Cousins is the undisputed starter. What is unknown is who will be his backup. With Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion in the quarterback room, the team made the trade for Nick Mullens. That definitely increased the temperature for both Mannion and Mond heading towards the finish line of the preseason.
While Mond can certainly be a roster cut, considering he was not a draft selection of either the current general manager or head coach, that does not mean Mannion is a lock for the roster.
Mannion has been part of the quarterback room for the Vikings since last year. He did earn a start after Cousins tested positive for COVID-19 in the tail end of that campaign.
This preseason, however, Mannion has far from impressed with his play on the field. In the finale against the Denver Broncos, he completed 9-of-16 pass attempts for 121 yards. Overall, he completed 27 of 43 of his passes for 265 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
Mannion’s spot on the depth chart is far from secure. However, it will be interesting to see what the Viking’s regime chooses to do with their quarterback room.