With rookies reporting to training camp in less than a week, the Minnesota Vikings made a roster move that could be seen as an indicator of another signing coming. On Tuesday, the team waived quarterback Nate Stanley.
A seventh-round pick out of Iowa in 2020, Stanley never quite seemed to live up to expectations. The Menomonie, Wisconsin native struggled with arm strength and accuracy, and he was often found making poor decisions in high-pressure situations. He never cracked the starting lineup, and he was unable to make a significant impact as a backup in 2021.
Last year, he spent the majority of the season on the practice squad, and he was ultimately claimed off waivers by Seattle. He appeared in four games with the Seahawks, but was able to muster just one completion (for two yards) on nine pass attempts.
As a result, the Vikings waived him on Aug. 31 to clear room on their roster for new backup QB Kellen Mond.
Despite being waived, Stanley hasn't given up hope of landing a job in the NFL. He recently filed an injury grievance against the Vikings, and sources say he contends he was released while having a nerve issue that affects his leg and foot.
During his time at Temple, Stanley anchored and reported for Temple Update, an Emmy-award winning student broadcast. In addition to sports, he also did stories on everything from gun violence and the COVID-19 pandemic to community development and of course, Temple University. He also hosted Temple Timeout, a sports-focused discussion show that allowed him to travel to different areas of the country.