Purple Rumor Mill: Kellen Mond Back from the Dead, WR Dalvin Cook, Wyatt Davis in Shape

Purple Rumor Mill: Kellen Mond Back from the Dead, WR Dalvin Cook, Wyatt Davis in Shape
Kellen Mond

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the May 21st edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.

Rumor: Kellen Mond may actually ascend to QB2 this season.

Kellen Mond
Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) picks up his helmet after it gets knocked off against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

This chatter originated from Mond’s role this week at minicamp. He took QB2 snaps with Sean Mannion, so perhaps he isn’t destined to repeat QB3 duty again.

The only reason folks are low on Mond is because of the late-season treatment from Zimmer. In the end, either Zimmer will be vindicated, and Mond won’t be worthy of QB2 status — or Zimmer will be wrong, and Mond will win the job.

If he can’t win a QB2 job sooner or later, he isn’t the real deal.

Rumor: Dalvin Cook will be utilized more often as a WR in 2022.

Well, Well, Well. Dalvin the WR.
Dalvin Cook

This one also came from minicamp this week. Cook was lined up a handful of times as a wide receiver. That innovation for a usually run-happy Vikings offense is what folks should expect from Kevin O’Connell.

Cook seems to like the idea, sharing this to Twitter after taking WR snaps:

It’s likely not a coincidence that he shared this after hours after minicamp. You should expect different hats for Cook in 2022.

Rumor: Wyatt Davis is better positioned to see more playing time in 2022.

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Wyatt Davis. Creator: David Berding. Credit: Getty Images

Davis looked in shape at minicamp in Eagan, but he suddenly has a tall order to win a starting job — or any job at all — on the Vikings 2022 roster.

He was drafted at a time when the Vikings were bouncing back from the Dakota Dozier and Dru Samia experiment. Because those two players performed abysmally in 2020, it was easy to fall in love with the upside of Davis.

Ultimately, Davis could not dethrone Oli Udoh for a job, and Davis didn’t play at all on offense in 2021.

Now, to get back on track, he must oust Ed Ingram, Jesse Davis, and Chris Reed for playing time. Good luck.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).