Former Vikings quarterback on the hunt for a team again
August 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports.
The Kyle Sloter era in Jacksonville is over. He played one preseason game for the organization and is back in familiar territory as a free agent, looking for another opportunity. Sloter went undrafted in the 2017 draft. He played in college for Southern Miss and Northern Colorado, sometimes even as a backup wide receiver, before eventually starting as a quarterback in his fourth and last season.
As an undrafted free agent, Sloter signed with the Denver Broncos. They were one of many NFL organizations he would be a part of. So far, seven NFL teams have him on their roster, most for a short time. He had two stints with the Vikings. The first time from 2017 to 2019, and the second time for a week in the 2021 season, when Kirk Cousins was on the COVID list.
Between last and next NFL season, Sloter played in the USFL for the New Orleans Breakers. He was named an All-USFL. The passer racked up yards, but his biggest problem was that he also racked up interceptions. He finished the season with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Sloter had his greatest success during the preseason. He consistently dominated second-string quarterbacks during his time with the Vikings and picked up several wins from behind. However, the former Vikings quarterback couldn’t beat the veteran QBs in front of him, even though Sean Mannion and Trevor Siemian aren’t particularly good QBs.
Mike Zimmer never liked him, and he was eventually cut and rebounded in the league. The Cardinals, Lions, Bears, Raiders and now the Jaguars were his next stops. Sloter played one preseason game for the Jaguars. He had a full half to prove his worth.
Sloter played in the second half against the Raiders after Jake Luton started the game. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and scored the Jaguars’ lone touchdown. While the numbers look decent, Sloter missed a few passes and didn’t look as sharp as in some Vikings games. The Raiders also dropped a few interceptions. His sniper mentality is still part of his game.
The Jaguars released him and instead signed another passer, EJ Perry.
Sloter has always been far from making the team. Trevor Lawrence and CJ Beathard have the top two spots locked. Even Jake Luton was ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Vikings are struggling with their reserve QBs. The mannion is a known commodity. He doesn’t turn heads with his game and doesn’t have the physical ability to do anything special. He’s just a smart quarterback who’s more of a coach than a player. If he arrives on the pitch, the Vikings have a big problem.
However, his competitor Kellen Mond does not play at a higher level. Mond was a third-round pick but struggled a lot. During his rookie campaign, he was in Zimmer’s doghouse after losing weight with a COVID infection. He still struggles with consistency and with reading defenses. He has the physical capabilities to have a higher edge than Mannion, but so far it’s still a work in progress.
The Vikings could be looking to add another quarterback to the mix, and they know their former passer Sloter in the building. However, the new diet does not help him. He has no connection to Adofo-Mensah or O’Connell, but a third stint in Minnesota cannot be ruled out at this time.
Janik Eckardt is a football fan who loves numbers and statistics. The Vikings became his favorite team despite their then-quarterback Christian Ponder. He is a walking football encyclopedia, loves watching sitcoms and classic rock is his favorite genre of music. Follow him on Twitter if you like Vikings: @JanikEckardt