Kellen Mond Could Soon Have a New NFL Home

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Some recent former Minnesota Vikings players have excelled with new teams through three weeks of the 2023 regular season. Adam Thielen is a true-blue WR1 in Carolina, and Za’Darius Smith is the real deal in Cleveland.

Conversely, Dalvin Cook, for example, has utterly floundered in New York.

Kellen Mond Could Soon Have a New NFL Home

And another familiar ex-Viking could soon net a new gig, quarterback Kellen Mond. The 24-year-old auditioned for the Panthers roster on Tuesday.

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ESPN Field Yates tweeted on the X app, “Some notable Tuesday workouts: Panthers: QB Kellen Mond. Colts: RB Ronald Jones. Seahawks: WR Tavon Austin.”

Mond last spent time with the Browns before rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson effectively stole his job during the preseason, and the Texas A&M alumnus has lived on the free-agent wire since. Coincidentally, if Mond lands a job with the Panthers, well, the Vikings play Carolina this weekend, and in theory, Mond could be the QB2-QB3.

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Panthers rookie passer Bryce Young is battling an ankle injury that prevented him from playing against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. Veteran signal-caller Andy Dalton is the backup and the odds-on favorite to face Minnesota this weekend in Charlotte.

Carolina features no quarterbacks on its practice squad, increasing the chances of Mond signing on the dotted line.

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The Vikings evaluated Mond in training camp and last year’s preseason, leading to a trade involving Nick Mullens from the Las Vegas Raiders. The moment Mullens set foot in Eagan, Minnesota, he became the Vikings QB2 without having to toss a preseason pass.

Mond was drafted by the Vikings former leadership regime in 2021 as a possible contingency plan for QB1 Kirk Cousins. Fans endlessly debate whether Cousins is actually a worthwhile franchise quarterback, so the addition of Mond was viewed as a grand what-if.

But Minnesota waived Mond on August 31st, 2022, and he joined the Browns roster via waivers the next day. He didn’t play any regular season snaps for the 2022 Browns — even with the aforementioned Watson suspended for 11 games — and now hopes to latch onto a team like the Panthers.

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Mond has attempted three regular season passes as a pro, all with the Vikings in 2021.

The young quarterback is mobile, has a decent pocket presence, and has a quick release but is criticized for poor decision-making and a robotic rhythm.

The Panthers also employ former Vikings Ihmir Smith-Marsette (WR), Adam Thielen (WR), and Xavier Woods (S).

Minnesota is favored by 3.5 points to topple Carolina this weekend.

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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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