Sloter was signed to the Lions' active roster Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. With Matthew Stafford (back) still out and Jeff Driskel (hamstring) receiving a recent injured-reserve designation, the Lions opted to sign Sloter off the Cardinals' practice squad. Sloter ultimately lost the competition for the backup quarterback job in Minnesota this preseason but found his way onto a 53-man roster anyhow, likely set to back up David Blough, who threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut Thursday.
Sloter completed 16 of 24 passes for 163 yards, a touchdown, and an interception during Thursday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Bills. He added six yards on two carries. Sloter entered Thursday with a preseason quarterback rating of a 146.9. That figure went down a bit Thursday, but he still made some highlight-reel throws, including a 14-yard dart to Brandon Zylstra off a scramble to convert a third down. Veteran Sean Mannion is listed as the backup, but Sloter seems to have more room to grow and has likely put the Vikings in a position in which they must either part ways with Mannion, risk losing Sloter to another team, or carry three quarterbacks.
Sloter was 6-of-7 passing for 102 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona. Sloter continues to have an outstanding preseason as he's 23-for-27 for 280 yards and three touchdowns in three preseason games, even if it is against second- and third-string defenses. It doesn't appear he'll unseat Sean Mannion as the backup, but his preseason performance could convince the Vikings to keep him as the No. 3 quarterback on the active roster.
Sloter completed 11 of 13 passes for 116 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's preseason win over Seattle. Sloter is in a battle with Sean Mannion for the backup QB role and outplayed him Sunday, even if did come against lesser competition. The Vikings are likely to keep three quarterbacks on the roster, so the competition for the backup role may stretch into the regular season.
The Vikings signed Sean Mannion to challenge Sloter for the backup quarterback job, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports. Sloter spent all of 2018 on Minnesota's 53-man roster as the No. 3 QB behind Kirk Cousins and Trevor Siemian, the latter of whom recently signed with the Jets. The Vikings don't have much cap space, but they would still be wise to explore upgrades to one of the worst backup quarterback situations in the league. Mannion has attempted 53 passes in four NFL seasons, and Sloter is still looking for his first regular-season snap. The team can at least take some comfort in Cousins' track record of durability after four consecutive 16-game seasons.
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