Mannion re-signed with the Vikings on Tuesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Mannion, who started one game for the Vikings last season, now returns to the team to provide competition for the backup gig behind Kirk Cousins. That said, 2021 third-round pick Kellen Mond would appear the likeliest candidate to hold the No. 2 role, even if no more names are added to the quarterback room.
Mannion started his only appearance for the Vikings during the 2021 campaign. With Kirk Cousins on the COVID-19 list, Mannion drew the start -- his only appearance of the season -- for the Vikings in Week 17. He completed 22 of his 36 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown during the 37-10 loss to the Packers. He also added two rushing attempts for 14 yards. The 29-year-old is set to become a free agent this offseason, and rookie third-round pick Kellen Mond is expected to step into the primary backup role to Kirk Cousins next year, so it's unlikely that Mannion re-signs with the Vikings.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Mannion will serve as the team's starting quarterback Sunday against the Packers, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports. Mannion's appointment to the starting role was expected after Kirk Cousins was ruled out for Week 17 after testing positive for the coronavirus Friday and subsequently landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Though Mannion was on the same list for six days before being activated earlier Friday, Zimmer told Graff there "really wasn't" any consideration to handing the start to third-string rookie Kellen Mond, the only Minnesota signal-caller who was able to practice all week. While the lack of three full practices with the first-team offense leading up to Sunday's game in Green Bay is less than ideal, Mannion is at least fully familiar with Minnesota's playbook after spending parts of the past three seasons in the organization. He's only seen spot duty behind Cousins during his time in Minnesota, with Mannion's sole start as a member of the Vikings coming while the team was resting several key contributors in Week 17 of the 2019 season. He struggled mightily in a loss to the Bears in that game, completing 12 of 21 attempts for 126 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Vikings placed Mannion on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, ruling him out for Minnesota's Week 16 game against the Rams. Per Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, Mannion is vaccinated, which means he tested positive for the virus. With Mannion not available Sunday, rookie Kellen Mond will dress for the first time this season as the backup to starting quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The Vikings signed Mannion to the 53-man roster Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Mannion was called up from the practice squad to serve as Kirk Cousins' backup in each of the first two games. Now, he's an honest member of the 53-man roster, and he'll likely remain ahead of rookie Kellen Mond for the foreseeable future.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Green Bay Packers||19||19.44|
|4||10/02||@New Orleans Saints||5||16.35|
|12||11/24||New England Patriots||2||15.56|
|13||12/04||New York Jets||27||20.65|
|16||12/24||New York Giants||8||18.12|
|17||01/01||@Green Bay Packers||19||19.44|
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