Panthers Work Out Former Vikings QB Ahead of Week 4

Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

This weekend, the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings are set to square off at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, October 1st.

Both teams come into this weekend sporting 0-3 records and absolutely need a victory in order to salvage their 2023 seasons.

Ahead of that matchup, the Panthers have decided to work out a former Vikings QB: 2021 third-round pick Kellen Mond. ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted the news, “Some notable Tuesday workouts: Panthers: QB Kellen Mond. Colts: RB Ronald Jones. Seahawks: WR Tavon Austin.”

Panthers Work Out Former Vikings QB

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Aug 27, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports.

When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Mond, many hoped that he could eventually become the successor to Kirk Cousins. In reality, this never came to fruition as the Vikings waived Mond prior to the 2022 regular season.

The QB entered the NFL after a four-year collegiate career at Texas A&M. With the Aggies, he passed for 9661 yards, 71 TDs, and 27 INTs over 46 games. Heading into the NFL Draft, many crowned him as an underrated prospect, with Lance Zierlein of giving him a player comp of Colin Kaepernick.

However, things simply never worked out for Mond with the Vikings. During his rookie season, he went through frequent struggles during training camp and preseason. When the regular season rolled around in 2021, he would appear in just one game, attempting three passes against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17. He completed two of them for 5 yards.

Panthers Work Out Former Vikings QB
Dec 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Mond’s lackluster showing during his only drive of the game led to Mike Zimmer’s infamous comments during the postgame press conference. When asked if he wanted to see more of Mond in the regular season finale, the head coach had paltry responses of “not particularly” and “I see him every day.”

A day after being released by Minnesota, Mond was claimed by the Cleveland Browns where he remained until the end of training camp this summer.

Aug 17, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kellen Mond (7) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With Bryce Young battling an ankle injury, the Panthers may be looking to add a bit more depth at the QB spot. Currently, Carolina employs their first overall pick as well as Andy Dalton, who started last week. However, they do not have a QB on the practice squad, which could be where Mond ends up if he were to ink a deal with the team.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.