Schefter: Joshua Dobbs can derive Vikings’ offense mercurial (0:56)
Adam Schefter explains why he likes the acquisition of Joshua Dobbs for the Minnesota Vikings. (0:56)
Kevin Seifert, ESPN Workers WriterOct 31, 2023, 01:54 PM ET
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EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings solidified their instantaneous direction at quarterback Tuesday following the loss of Kirk Cousins, naming rookie Jaren Hall their starter for not not up to 1 week and acquiring passe Joshua Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals as his most likely backup.
Pending Dobbs passing a bodily, the Vikings would assemble him and a conditional seven-spherical pick in the 2024 draft for a 2024 sixth-spherical pick. The conditional pick can change proper into a sixth-spherical selection essentially based totally on Dobbs’ taking part in time, a provide told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The moves came after a whirlwind forty eight hours wherein group officers discussed a couple of brief- and prolonged-timeframe plans on the contrivance in accordance with Cousins’ season-ending factual Achilles injury. By some means, they settled on an instantaneous contrivance that supplies them “a couple of fellows that we feel we can exit and secure with,” coach Kevin O’Connell acknowledged.
“The contrivance I in actuality eye it as, hopefully, Jaren goes out and performs huge on Sunday [against the Atlanta Falcons] and there is plenty to fabricate off of there,” O’Connell added. “We’re restful going to put together Josh Dobbs like he is just not most attention-grabbing one snap away, however correct as we mosey forward, keep in tips what supplies us essentially the most easy imaginable likelihood to secure.”
The timing of Cousins’ injury left the Vikings thin on the contrivance with passe backup Chop Mullens on injured reserve in consequence of a aid ailment. The staunch other quarterback in the building used to be Sean Mannion, who used to be added to the put together squad when Mullens used to be injured. But the Vikings are restful hoping to contend for a playoff contrivance after pulling their file even at 4-4, and group officers believed they needed an even bigger option in the aid of Hall than Mannion.
Dobbs started the Cardinals’ first eight games, throwing for 1,569 yards with eight touchdowns and 5 interceptions, while starter Kyler Murray persisted his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The Cardinals are 1-7 this season.
“Correct are attempting to thank Josh for his contributions. He came in, battled, he is an very finest pro,” Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon acknowledged Tuesday. “What he did for us and our group, can not thank him enough. Josh is worked up for the opportunity to mosey to Minnesota and mosey play. We’re mad for him.”
O’Connell had acknowledged Monday that the Vikings would keep in tips including a extra prominent quarterback if they’d perchance also operate all of it over the “dual worlds” of their competitive rebuild, an contrivance designed to live in playoff rivals while overhauling the roster. Dobbs wouldn’t necessarily figure into their future plans, however his acquisition additionally didn’t extract the extra or less assets the Vikings hope to employ to fabricate their 2024 group and past.
Cousins is a pending free agent, and O’Connell severely talked Tuesday in regards to the possibility of re-signing him this spring despite the injury.
“We talked about assorted things and had huge dialogue internally,” O’Connell acknowledged, “and correct needed to make certain that that that we gave ourselves the opportunity to if truth be told mosey in a bunch of directions with the contrivance, including [the fact that] Kirk Cousins is going to be wholesome again. I do know he’ll be a free agent after this season, however Kirk knows how I maintain about him and which might be one thing that hopefully works itself out.
“This instantaneous resolution that we chanced on supplies us with a extremely quality player at a time once we had been ready to exit and obtain that player without potentially leaving the field of the prolonged trot and the now. We had been ready to operate the diagram of each, and I deem motivate our soccer group.”
Asked if he wants Cousins aid next season, O’Connell acknowledged: “Yeah, you guys know the contrivance I maintain about Kirk. Kirk knows how I maintain about Kirk. I deem he used to be taking part in as well as anyone in the Nationwide Football League and one in every of the toughest facets about coping with this … [is] the truth that he used to be experiencing his easiest season in the Nationwide Football League and where we would perhaps perchance even maintain long past as a bunch. Confidently, we’re restful going to acquire to that living. But I do know without Kirk Cousins and that high level quarterback play we had been getting from him week in and week out, or not it is going a situation, however one which we maintain to settle for and take a look at to thrive.”
Cousins suffered the injury Sunday in the Vikings’ 24-10 victory over the Inexperienced Bay Packers. Hall accomplished three of 4 passes for 23 yards while additionally losing a fumble on a sack.
Gannon had announced Monday that Dobbs wouldn’t be starting this Sunday’s sport on the Cleveland Browns. A provide told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Arizona is planning to open rookie Clayton Tune. Gannon, nonetheless, acknowledged Monday that there is a possibility Murray would perhaps perchance also open as he continues to ramp up his return from ACL surgical design.
Gannon acknowledged the timing of Murray’s return to the realm will most likely be dictated extra by the Cardinals than by whom they’re taking part in. Murray’s 21-day window to put together after being designated to come from the physically unable to play checklist will discontinuance Nov. 8, days sooner than Arizona hosts the Falcons.
ESPN Josh Weinfuss contributed to this file.