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Vikings release Mond, Mannion and Watts; make two trades


August 31, 2022

Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond completed 29 of 51 passes (56.9%) for 303 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason games.

The Vikings' moves to form the initial 53-man roster on Tuesday included cutting defensive lineman Armon Watts and quarterbacks Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion, and trading twice.

General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah made the first of two trades by sending a sixth-round pick to the Texans for defensive lineman Ross Blacklock and a seventh-round pick. Later on Tuesday afternoon, Adofo-Mensah dealt veteran guard Jesse Davis to the Steelers for a conditional 2025 seventh-round pick.

Blacklock, 24, is a former 2020 second-round pick by the Texans who was deployed mostly as a rotational defender in 3-4 schemes the past two seasons. He'll help replace Watts, who started nine games last year and was released Tuesday in a surprising move after lining up as a starter throughout training camp. Watts had three tackles and a sack in 30 preseason snaps while transitioning to a different position as a 3-4 defensive end.


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