Schefter: Joshua Dobbs can get Vikings’ offense rapidly (0:56)
Adam Schefter discusses why he likes the acquisition of Joshua Dobbs for the Minnesota Vikings. (0:56)
Kevin Seifert, ESPN Staff WriterOct 31, 2023, 01:54 PM ET
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EAGAN, Minn.– The Minnesota Vikings strengthened their instant course at quarterback Tuesday following the loss of Kirk Cousinscalling novice Jaren Hall their starter for a minimum of one week and obtaining experienced Joshua Dobbs from the Arizona Cardinals as his most likely backup.
Pending Dobbs passing a physical, the Vikings would obtain him and a conditional seven-round choice in the 2024 draft for a 2024 sixth-round choice. The conditional choice can end up being a sixth-round choice based upon Dobbs’ playing time, a source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The relocations followed a whirlwind 48 hours in which group authorities went over several brief- and long-lasting strategies at the position in action to Cousins’ season-ending ideal Achilles injury. Eventually, they picked an instant method that provides “several guys that we feel we can head out and win with,” coach Kevin O’Connell stated.
“The method I actually see it as, ideally, Jaren heads out and plays excellent on Sunday[versusthe[againsttheAtlanta Falcons]and there’s a lot to construct off of there,” O’Connell included. “We’re still going to prepare Josh Dobbs like he’s not just one snap away, however simply as we move on, assess what provides us the very best possible possibility to win.”
The timing of Cousins’ injury left the Vikings thin at the position with veteran backup Nick Mullens on hurt reserve since of a back condition. The only other quarterback in the structure was Sean Mannionwho was contributed to the practice team when Mullens was hurt. The Vikings are still hoping to compete for a playoff area after pulling their record even at 4-4, and group authorities thought they required a much better choice behind Hall than Mannion.
Dobbs began the Cardinals’ very first 8 video games, tossing for 1,569 backyards with 8 goals and 5 interceptions, while starter Kyler Murray continued his rehab from a knee injury. The Cardinals are 1-7 this season.
“Just wish to thank Josh for his contributions. He was available in, fought, he’s a supreme pro,” Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon stated Tuesday. “What he provided for us and our group, can’t thank him enough. Josh is thrilled for the chance to go to Minnesota and go play. We’re thrilled for him.”
O’Connell had actually stated Monday that the Vikings would think about including a more popular quarterback if they might do it within the “double worlds” of their competitive reconstruct, a technique developed to stay in playoff contention while revamping the lineup. Dobbs would not always figure into their future strategies, however his acquisition likewise did not draw out the type of resources the Vikings intend to utilize to construct their 2024 group and beyond.
Cousins is a pending totally free representative, and O’Connell significantly talked Tuesday about the possibility of re-signing him this spring in spite of the injury.
“We discussed various things and had fantastic discussion internally,” O’Connell stated, “and simply wished to make certain that we provided ourselves the chance to actually enter a great deal of instructions with the position, consisting of [the fact that] Kirk Cousins is going to be healthy once again. I understand he’s going to be a totally free representative after this season, however Kirk understands how I feel about him which will be something that ideally works itself out.
“This instant option that we discovered offers us with an actually quality gamer at a time when we had the ability to head out and get that gamer without possibly leaving the world of the future and the now. We had the ability to achieve the objective of both, and I believe assist our football group.”
Asked if he desires Cousins back next season, O’Connell stated: “Yeah, you guys understand how I feel about Kirk. Kirk understands how I feel about Kirk. I believe he was playing along with anyone in the National Football League and among the hardest parts about dealing with this … [is] the truth that he was experiencing his finest season in the National Football League and where we might have gone as a group. Ideally, we are still going to get to that location. I understand without Kirk Cousins and that high level quarterback play we were getting from him week in and week out, it’s going an obstacle, however one that we’ve got to accept and attempt to prosper.”
Cousins suffered the injury Sunday in the Vikings’ 24-10 triumph over the Green Bay PackersHall finished 3 of 4 passes for 23 lawns while likewise losing a fumble on a sack.
Gannon had actually revealed Monday that Dobbs would not be beginning this Sunday’s video game at the Cleveland BrownsA source informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Arizona is preparing to begin novice Clayton TuneGannon, nevertheless, stated Monday that there’s an opportunity Murray might begin as he continues to increase his return from ACL surgical treatment.
Gannon stated the timing of Murray’s go back to the field will be determined more by the Cardinals than by whom they’re playing. Murray’s 21-day window to practice after being designated to return from the physically not able to play list will close Nov. 8, days before Arizona hosts the Falcons.
ESPN Josh Weinfuss added to this report.