There may be plenty of speculation regarding Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' legitimacy as a starter moving forward. However, quarterback Kyle Sloter feels he is poised to become the backup in Minnesota.
Sloter has been buried on the depth chart to start his career. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he is hoping to establish himself as the backup going into the 2019 NFL season:
“As far as the backup job, I’m more than ready to do it,” Sloter said “I’ve been ready I feel like for a while. For one reason or another, they have kept me in the role that I’ve been in and that’s their decision.”
Sloter arrived in Minnesota as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2017 NFL season. He has since had a rough time staying on the active roster thus far. Fortunately, things have started to clear up for him this offseason.
Sloter sat out the entire 2018 campaign with Cousins as the starter and Trevor Siemian named his backup. Siemian is no longer in the mix after signing with the New York Jets this offseason. This should open things up for Sloter to potentially secure the No. 2 spot. Regardless, he knows full well nothing is set in stone.
“It’s never a given, it’s always earned,” Sloter said. “I’m going to have to prove that I can do it first, and if that’s something they want to put on my plate, I’m ready to tackle it.”
Although Sloter's prospects are looking bright, he may still have his work cut out trying to become a mainstay on the depth chart. The Vikings have reportedly expressed interest in Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback Sean Mannion as well. It will be interesting to see if Sloter can secure a spot on the roster this season.