Minnesota, meet your quarterback for the next week.
A name that’s a crowd pleaser for Minnesota Vikings fans reminiscing on the 2017 season, Case Cookus was signed by the team on Monday, general manager Rick Spielman confirmed. Cookus’ arrival comes in the wake of three absent quarterbacks in Kirk Cousins, Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley — who are all on the COVID-19 reserve list to start the week.
Mond, who tested positive for COVID-19, is expected to be out 14 days, while Cousins and Stanley, both deemed “high-risk” close contact cases, must be isolated for a minimum of five days.
Cookus worked out for the Vikings Monday morning with Rosemount, Minn., native Jackson Erdmann and Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald before announcing his signing.
Cookus enters training camp as the backup quarterback behind Jake Browning, who took every quarterback rep on Saturday when the trio of passers was ruled out of practice.
“It felt like I was learning the whole time, kind of like the first day of school, kind of taking it all in,” Cookus said following his first practice, per the Pioneer Press.”But overall we’ve got some guys out there who were helping me out as it’s going, a lot of coaches and even the players.”
Not to be confused with 2017 Vikings quarterback Case Keenum or running back Dalvin Cook, Cookus, a Northern Arizona product, was an FCS Division I but spent the past two seasons floating in the NFL.