Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter lives in a cherished arena of Vikings lore.
Sloter was the team’s QB3 all through the preseason in 2018 and 2019 and carried out gloriously in exhibition contests. And since Minnesota under no circumstances employs a Nick Foles-like QB2, admirers incessantly demanded Sloter get the nod to back up QB1 Kirk Cousins.
Under Mike Zimmer, Minnesota’s coaching staff members by no means listened, though. Sloter was relegated to apply-squad duty as the group opted for the QB2 expert services of Trevor Siemian and Sean Mannion. Enthusiasts seethed.
Now, Sloter is unsurprisingly ripping it up in the recently-shaped USFL. Sloter’s New Orleans Breakers have a 6-3 record, he qualified prospects the league in passing yards, and the former Viking is vying for the league’s MVP award.
What does this suggest? Properly, Vikings fans come to feel vindicated.
And Sloter agrees with what Vikings devoted thought in 2019 — he should’ve been the backup quarterback in excess of Sean Mannion. Speaking to Chris Tomasson from the Pioneer Press this week, Sloter mentioned, “Sean Mannion was two yrs my senior, and I was just a youthful guy so which is a massive hole in know-how. Though I assume my enjoy was top-quality, I imagine they noticed in Sean the capacity to enable Kirk in the classroom, and that was valued much more.”
For 3 seasons — and probably 4 if Mannion keeps Kellen Mond at bay for QB2 this summertime — the Vikings have stubbornly clung to Mannion’s QB2 commitment. When Mannion enters online games, his functionality is wildly vanilla, primarily when compared to Cousins, indicating a various QB2 (like Mond or Sloter) has to be a better selection. Still, Minnesota has fancied Mannion as the man guiding Cousins.
So, for fans’ sanity sake, at the very least the proprietor of the on-the-field production is in arrangement.
And Sloter may possibly have a USFL MVP trophy to tout inside of the up coming thirty day period. Close to the similar time, onlookers of the Vikings will get started to understand if Mannion is “the guy” at QB2 when yet again — or if Mond culminates his 3rd-Spherical draft inventory with the attainment of the QB2 gig.
If the Vikings are by some means underwhelmed by Mannion or Mond, whispers of Colin Kaepernick have also tickled the digital stratosphere. Kaepernick worked out for the Las Vegas Raiders in May — his initial sincere-to-goodness tryout in years — and the Vikings new standard manager was a coworker with the San Francisco 49ers for a couple several years. In principle, if Mannion and Mond weren’t up for the process, Minnesota could give Kaepernick an audition. But he’ll be 35 this autumn, not actively playing an NFL snap since the 2016 season.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day by day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs just about every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Detailed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Product, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).
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