MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings waived quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond at the NFL roster cut deadline Tuesday, keeping only one backup for Kirk Cousins.
Mannion and Mond became expendable last week when the Vikings acquired Nick Mullens in a trade with Las Vegas for a conditional 2024 seventh-round pick. Cousins has never missed a game with an injury in his NFL career .
Mond was the first of four selections the Vikings made in the third round in 2021, the 66th overall pick out of Texas A&M. Ryan Tannehill (No. 8 in 2012) and Johnny Manziel (No. 22 in 2014) were the only other Texas A&M quarterbacks in history to be drafted higher.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound San Antonio native was considered too raw as a rookie for any role other than the No. 3 job. He was only active for one game when Cousins was out with COVID-19 and Mannion started at Green Bay in Week 16, but attempted just three passes in relief in that game.
In three preseason games this month, Mond went 29 for 51 for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while picking up five sacks.
Mannion has drawn rave reviews from Cousins and the coaching staff for his character and intelligence, but since being drafted in the third round in 2015 by the Rams, he has only three career starts. Filling in for Cousins against the Packers last year, Mannion went 22 for 36 for 189 yards, a touchdown and two sacks with no turnovers.
Both Mannion and Mond are practice squad candidates.
Of the 11 players the Vikings selected in 2021, only five remained on the active roster after the latest cuts: starting left tackle Christian Darrisaw (first round), backup outside linebacker Patrick Jones II (third), backup running back and starting cornerback Kene Nwangwu . (fourth), starting safety Camryn Bynum (fourth) and backup wide receiver and punt returner Ihmir Smith-Marsette (fifth).
Linebacker Chazz Surratt and guard Wyatt Davis, both third-round picks last year, were also among the players waived.
The Vikings made two trades, sending guard Jesse Davis to Pittsburgh for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2025 and acquiring Houston defenseman Ross Blacklock and a 2023 seventh-round pick for a 2023 sixth-round pick. of Davis secured a starting spot at right guard for rookie Ed Ingram Jr.
Blacklock was a second-round pick in 2020. He will essentially replace defensive lineman Armon Watts, the most complete of the 23 players the Vikings left. Watts was the only player listed on the first team on the depth chart going into the second preseason game on Aug. 20, so the coaching staff clearly wasn’t yet sold on his lineup status alongside Harrison Phillips and Dalvin Tomlinson at inside linebacker base 3-4.
Luiji Vilain, an outside linebacker from Wake Forest, and Ryan Wright, the punter from Tulane, were the only undrafted rookies to make the initial 53-man roster.
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