Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) calls a play before snapping the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Browns QB Kellen Mond gets start in Hall of Fame Game

Browns third-string quarterback Kellen Mond is the starter for Cleveland as the preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday in Canton, Ohio.

Mond, a reclamation project of head coach Kevin Stefanski, is set to start against the New York Jets with Deshaun Watson and No. 2 quarterback Josh Dobbs not slated to play in the preseason opener.

Mond will share playing time with fifth-round draft pick Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the dual-threat phenom from UCLA. He’s more realistically competing for a spot on a practice squad — in Cleveland or another NFL team.

“I think Kellen’s done a great job,” Stefanski said. “There was a period of just getting to know him early in the season last year. So he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I’ve been very impressed with him both in the meeting room and on the practice field. And the fun part for our players, as you know, is to play these games. So I think Kellen’s excited about the opportunity.”

A third-round pick (66th overall) of the Minnesota Vikings in 2021, well after Stefanski’s run as offensive coordinator with the team, Mond fell out of favor with then-head coach Mike Zimmer and was unable to dig himself out of the doghouse.

The Jets plan to rest all of their starters, head coach Robert Saleh said, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Zach Wilson will start the game for the Jets.

NFL teams have become more cautious playing starters, especially quarterbacks. Saleh said it’s possible Rodgers could debut Sept. 11, Week 1 of the regular season, against the Buffalo Bills.

–Field Level Media

Aug 21, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh Rosen (19) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns re-sign QB Josh Rosen to practice squad

The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Josh Rosen and defensive end Isaac Rochell to their practice squad on Thursday, just days after releasing them.

Rosen, a former first-round pick, competed in training camp with Joshua Dobbs to back up Jacoby Brissett and was released as the team cut its roster to 53 on Tuesday.

Rochell, in his sixth season, was dropped by the Browns on Wednesday to make room on the roster for another quarterback, Kellen Mond, who was claimed off waivers.

The Browns’ practice squad is now full at 14 players.

Cleveland is the fifth team for the 25-year-old Rosen, who has thrown for 2,864 yards with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in 24 career games (16 starts). He is 3-13 as a starter after being selected No. 10 overall in the 2018 draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Rochell, 27, initially was a seventh-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 and spent four seasons there before moving to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021. He has 9.5 sacks and 91 tackles in 63 career games (nine starts).

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Aug 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) calls a play during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings to waive 2021 third-round QB Kellen Mond

Quarterback Kellen Mond didn’t click in Minnesota and the Vikings plan to waive the 2021 third-round pick.

According to multiple reports, Mond was informed of the decision as the Vikings narrow their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players.

Last week, the Vikings acquired Nick Mullens from the Las Vegas Raiders and they already have Sean Mannion entrenched as the No. 2 QB behind Kirk Cousins.

Mond entered the 2021 draft after starting four seasons at Texas A&M and was picked by since-fired general manager Rick Spielman. He never found favor with head coach Mike Zimmer, who was also replaced following the 2021 season.

Minnesota drafted Mond with the 66th overall pick and he appeared in one game as a rookie.

Mond, 23, could be claimed on waivers, which would become official after 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Jul 30, 2021; Eagan, MN, United States; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) participates in drills at training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings activate QB Kellen Mond from COVID-19 list

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond was activated from the COVID/reserve list on Tuesday.

Mond was away from the team facility for the past 10 days and had only three training camp practices under his belt before testing positive for COVID-19.

Mond and starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, who missed four practices as a close contact, are among five quarterbacks in camp with the Vikings.

Head coach Mike Zimmer lamented the decision by multiple quarterbacks on the roster to not be vaccinated, to which Cousins stated the solution was to avoid close contacts going forward.

Among Cousins’ suggestions for staying healthy — outdoor position meetings and plexiglass around his seat in team meetings.

Mond entered the NFL draft with a year of eligibility remaining and was the 66th overall pick in April.

–Field Level Media

Jan 30, 2021; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Feleipe Franks of Arkansas (8) throws in the first half of the 2021 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Feleipe Franks helps National team win Senior Bowl

Feleipe Franks of Arkansas passed for 122 yards and a touchdown Saturday to help the National team beat the American squad 27-24 in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Franks’ 21-yard touchdown pass to Ole Miss tight end Kenny Yeboah gave the National team a 27-16 lead with 11:57 left in the game. Franks completed 9 of 16 passes.

American quarterback Kellen Mond of Texas A&M completed 13 of 25 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and was named MVP of the contest that featured NFL draft prospects. Mond received increased playing time since Alabama’s Mac Jones was unavailable due to an ankle injury sustained in Thursday’s practice.

Jamie Newman, who played for Wake Forest before transferring to Georgia and then opting out of the 2020 season, was 10-of-14 passing for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the American squad.

Two other quarterbacks saw action for the National team: Ian Book (Notre Dame) was 5-of-11 passing for 48 yards and one interception, and Sam Ehlinger (Texas) completed 4 of 10 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

The National’s Michael Carter (North Carolina) had a game-high 60 rushing yards and one touchdown on eight carries. Dez Fitzpatrick (Louisville) caught six passes for 90 yards for the National team and was named Offensive Player of the Game.

Tulane defensive end Cameron Sample (American) was named Defensive Player of the Game after he recorded seven tackles and a half-sack.

The National squad led 13-0 at halftime before Mond guided two third-quarter touchdown drives as the American team took a 16-13 lead. But then, with 44 seconds left in the quarter, Carter scored on a 12-yard run to put the National team ahead to stay.

The National team was coached by Brian Flores and the rest of the Miami Dolphins’ staff. Matt Rhule and the Carolina Panthers’ staff coached the American squad.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond (11) warms up prior to the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

QB Kellen Mond leaving Texas A&M for NFL

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond is entering the 2021 NFL Draft.

Mond said Thursday that discussions with family helped him decide he was ready to play professionally.

“I’m looking forward to the new chapter in my life and have the 12th Man behind me every step of the way,” Mond said in a statement released by Texas A&M and posted to Twitter.

Mond, a redshirt senior, will graduate this year. He returned to Texas A&M for 2020 with a stated goal to “improve myself.”

Mond had 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2019 and spent down time during the COVID-19 pandemic “watching every single play I ran my junior year.”

In 2020, Mond had 19 touchdowns and three interceptions.

He leaves as the school’s all-time leader in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and attempts.

–Field Level Media