Questions Answered: Need for a Backup QB, Preseason Starters or No, Ed Ingram

Aug 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) throws in front of Indianapolis Colts defensive end Isaac Rochell (91) during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the August 11th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected].

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

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Q: I saw where a few local media outlets insist the Vikings need a different backup quarterback. Who could they sign?

Jan 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports.

A: The list is slim; it’s too late in the offseason cycle to find many reliable QB2s.

So, this is the list of available reservist quarterbacks:

  • Blake Bortles
  • Mike Glennon
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • A.J. McCarron
  • Cam Newton
  • Kyle Sloter

And aside from Newton, it might be best just to roll with Mond and deal with the fallout in the heat of the moment, if any. The Vikings don’t necessarily need another quarterback — Kirk Cousins has never missed a game to injury — but if they want one, it’ll be slim pickings.

Q: Do you expect the Vikings to play any starters on Sunday versus the Raiders?

Jun 8, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Well, Kirk Cousins is ill with some sort of illness, so he isn’t likely to play.

And last year, Sean McVay didn’t play any starters at all in the preseason, and that’s the team Kevin O’Connell last coached. If you’re tuning into Sunday’s game to see starters, you’d better find a different angle. Watching camp battles come to life and scouting unsung players might be a better plan.

We’ll say starters hardly play at all.

Q: Will Ed Ingram start Week 1?

Ed Ingram
Aug 18, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States; LSU Tigers guard Ed Ingram. Mandatory Credit: LSU Athletics/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

A: Ingram is certainly beginning to experience some first-team reps. At some point, he will be a starting guard for the Vikings, but Week 1 might be a bit premature.

Jesse Davis should be considered the frontrunner to start the season at RG, evidenced by Vikings June minicamp and, of course, training camp.

However, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Ingram gets the nod. You should hope for it, in fact.

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).