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Kirk Cousins Taking Welcomed Approach With Rookie Kellen Mond

Larry Rupp
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins seems to be taking a welcomed approach with rookie Kellen Mond.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins seems to be taking a welcomed approach with rookie Kellen Mond. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Quarterback Kirk Cousins will be entering his fourth NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings this fall, but now has a rookie QB behind him waiting in the wings. Fortunately, Cousins seems to be taking a welcomed approach when it comes to Kellen Mond and is open to mentoring the young signal-caller.

Kirk Cousins Kellen Mond

Cousins doesn't seem to be bothered by the team selecting Mond with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and that is exactly the type of attitude starters need to have. He should have no fear of losing his job given he is due guaranteed salaries of $21 million and $35 million over the next two years.

Minnesota went about this move in a smart way as well making sure to give Cousins a heads up on the draft plans. Starting quarterbacks have been blindsided too many times in situations like this during the last few offseasons and it has led to some rocky relationships with the front offices.

A lot of veteran QBs had mentors first coming into the league and Cousins is no different. He noted how playing behind Rex Grossman early on in his career was a big part of his development. Cousins is looking to build off of a 2020 season in which he threw for 4,265 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Mond lines up as the eventual replacement for Cousins, but that is a storyline for down the road. For now, Cousins will aim to lead the Vikings back to the playoffs for the first time since 2019. Minnesota currently has odds set at +128 to make the postseason, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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