Christian Ponder | QB | Minnesota Vikings
Posted: 10/3/2014 12:34am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder was 22-of-44 for 222 yards and 2 interceptions Thursday, Oct. 2 in a 42-10 road loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was sacked 6 times, but had 3 carries for 15 yards and the Vikings' only TD of the night.
Huddle Up: Ponder, already the third QB to start for the Vikings this season, was not good and served up a reminder why the team has moved on at the QB position. To be fair, Ponder also received little protection or help from his offensive skill-position teammates, but definitely look for the Vikings to do everything they can over the next 11 days to get starter Teddy Bridgewater and his sprained ankle rehabbed and ready to return for the Week 6 game against the Lions.
Posted: 10/2/2014 8:02pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will start in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Oct. 2, with QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) inactive for the game.
Huddle Up: Ponder, replaced the injured Bridgewater in the fourth quarter last week, will make his first start since Week 13 of last season when he averaged 183.1 passing yards per game while throwing 7 TD passes and 9 interceptions. Look for the Vikings to ride the Matt Asiata-Jerick McKinnon RB 1-2 punch tonight given the rainy Green Bay weather and the need to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sideline.
Posted: 7/28/2014 5:58pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade QB Christian Ponder. Ponder has performed well during training camp but probably will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Huddle Up: Ponder never had a realistic chance to win the starting job. Matt Cassel entered training camp as the No. 1 QB and rookie Teddy Bridgewater is closing fast. If the Vikings can't trade Ponder, there is a chance the former first-round pick could be released before the start of the season.
Posted: 5/6/2014 7:34pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will not be traded, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'That would leave us with one quarterback. I would not do that,' Spielman said. 'We're going to need two quarterbacks. Three.'
Huddle Up: With Matt Cassel slated to start for the time being and more than a few draftniks linking a high-round Vikings' draft pick with a QB this week, Ponder has clearly been pushed to the background in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The 12th overall pick of the 2011 draft has made 35 starts in 3 seasons with Minny, but his best chance at earning more opportunities likely lie with another organization.
Posted: 5/5/2014 12:23am et
The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year contract option for QB Christian Ponder.
Huddle Up: Ponder didn't win over the Vikings' former coaching regime, and most mock drafts have Mike Zimmer, Norv Turner and Co. spending a high pick this week on the franchise's new great QB hope.
Posted: 12/6/2013 4:10pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
Huddle Up: That means Matt Cassel gets the call against the Ravens with Josh Freeman backing him up. In any case, it shouldn't have any effect on the rest of the Vikings' fantasy-worthy skill players.
Posted: 11/15/2013 5:04pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, and he's been taking first-team repetitions in practice all week. However, the team won't make a final decision on him until he goes through a walk-through Saturday, Nov. 16. 'The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good,' head coach Leslie Frazier said. 'Hopefully he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects.'
Huddle Up: Pending any Saturday setbacks, Ponder looks as if he'll make his third straight start Sunday. The problem is, he gets the Seahawks' D in Seattle -- never a favorable mix for an opposing QB.
Posted: 11/14/2013 4:31pm et
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) took most of the first-team snaps in practice Thursday, Nov. 14, wearing a harness on his left shoulder and expects to play in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Leslie Frazier is still unsure if Ponder will start, and he said QB Josh Freeman is a candidate to start if Ponder can't go. 'Ponder looked good,' said WR Greg Jennings. 'He practiced and (was) getting the game plan in and making some throws.'
Huddle Up: Despite the dislocated left shoulder, Ponder is the front-runner to start Sunday, but the final determination might not be made until game day. Regardless of who gets the call for the Vikes, it's a rugged matchup facing the Seahawks' D on the road.
Posted: 11/11/2013 3:28pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) said he hopes to be able to play Week 11, and his status will be determined by how he will be able to handle the pain in his shoulder.
Huddle Up: Hopefully he can go, for the rest of the offense's sake. Not that Ponder is incredible or anything, but that goes to show how bad other quarterback options are.
Posted: 11/8/2013 7:30pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's (shoulder) dislocated left shoulder is of the very minor variety, and sources are saying that it's possible he could return to start in Week 11.
Huddle Up: Ponder has played well in the Vikings' last two games. He's not an elite NFL talent but Ponder is the best option Minnesota currently has at quarterback. At the very least Ponder increases the value of other Viking players when he's under center.
Posted: 11/8/2013 2:02pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder thinks he can be ready to return in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks after dislocating his left shoulder in the team's Week 10 game Thursday, Nov. 7. 'My expectations are, I'm going to be back next week,' Ponder said. 'We've got a great athletic training staff. They're going to do me right. I'm going to do everything I can to be back next Sunday.'
Huddle Up: It is Ponder's non-throwing shoulder that's hurt, but believing the QB won't miss any time seems like wishful thinking at this point.
Posted: 11/8/2013 11:48am et
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) has a dislocated left shoulder. The team isn't sure how long he'll miss.
Huddle Up: Matt Cassel finished out the Vikings' win over Washington, but Ponder's injury could present the Vikings with another opportunity to test-drive Josh Freeman going forward.
Posted: 11/7/2013 11:03pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder left Thursday night's game late in the third quarter with a was what was called a left-shoulder injury after diving for the pylon on a sideline run. He stayed in the game to hand off to Adrian Pederson for the go- ahead TD run, but was then replaced by Matt Cassel on the Vikings' ensuing drive. Ponder finished 18-of-23 passing for 199 yards, 2 TDs and an interception. He had two rushes for 13 yards.
Huddle Up: Just when Ponder was showing some signs of life and rallying the Vikes from a 27- 13 deficit after a sluggish start -- including an interception on the Vikings' opening drive -- he was injured trying to score. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game, and afterward, it was reported that he had suffered a separated shoulder.
Posted: 11/7/2013 7:01pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will be given another start in Week 11 if he wins the team's Week 10 matchup against the Washington Redskins. However, he has no guarantee of holding the starting job for the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: Ponder is getting his second straight start, but make no doubt starting at QB for the struggling Vikes is a week-to-week proposition -- a situation that doesn't exactly bode well for the team's other fantasy options outside the bullet-proof Adrian Peterson.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:49am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will start in Week 10.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have a short week, hosting the Redskins on Thursday, so it would be tricky for them to make a change. Perhaps the longer break before Minnesota's Week 11 contest will allow time for Josh Freeman to prepare.
Posted: 10/31/2013 1:42pm et
Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan is supporting QB Christian Ponder as the team's starter, and he thinks he should receive a second straight start against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. '(Ponder) prepared really hard and he went out there and laid it all on the line,' Sullivan said. 'You know, you see that last run that he made when things were getting out of reach (a 19-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter against the Packers on Sunday) and he's still out there fighting until the end. I mean, that's not my decision. But I'd love to see him stay back there, of course.'
Huddle Up: Ponder has had his moments, but he only has 2 300-yard passing games in 31 NFL contests and everyone knows the Vikings didn't sign Josh Freeman for one rushed, out-of-sync start in Week 7. Look for the ex-Buc to return under center this weekend in Dallas.