Christian Ponder | QB | Minnesota Vikings
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.
Posted: 10/28/2013 5:50pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are unsure who their starting quarterback will be in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys, but it will not be QB Matt Cassel, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. QB Christian Ponder went 14-for-21 for just 145 yards in the team's Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers a week after QB Josh Freeman (concussion) had an embarrassing debut. 'I don't want to discount Matt,' Frazier said. 'But Christian did some good things in that ballgame yesterday. There are some things he can obviously do better, but it has something to do with it. He has led us to some wins in the past.' Freeman was able to run over the weekend without concussions symptoms for the first time since being hurt in Week 7.
Huddle Up: Whoever plays has a nice matchup against the Cowboys this week. Cassel would provide more upside given his rushing ability and propensity. Keep an eye on the QB situation this week for more guidance.
Posted: 10/8/2013 3:28pm et
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team plans on keeping QB Christian Ponder for the rest of the year even after signing QB Josh Freeman.
Huddle Up: The Vikings really have nothing to gain by letting Ponder go as he still, technically, has a shot to re-gain his starting job when healthy, but it's clear that the team wants to see its QB play improve and will give Freeman every opportunity to take hold of the job.
Posted: 10/7/2013 6:27pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (rib) participated in practice Monday, Oct. 7. Ponder said he felt fine while throwing during practice.
Huddle Up: Things get interesting now with Josh Freeman in town, though the former Buccaneer will probably need some time to acclimate. Ponder needs to perform to keep his job, but he has to get healthy first.
Posted: 10/2/2013 11:43pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (rib) is dealing with a fractured rib near his heat, and beat writer Judd Zulgad speculates the injury could keep Ponder out three to four games as a result.
Huddle Up: The injury will give Matt Cassel every opportunity to remain the starter in Minnesota. That's good news for fantasy owners who have any of the Vikings receivers. Cassel's stronger arm at least gives Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson a chance to make more plays down the field and increases their overall fantasy value.
Posted: 9/25/2013 5:54pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (rib) is dealing with a rib injury, and head coach Leslie Frazier said the team will make a decision on Ponder's status for Week 4 later in the week. He was expected to be limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Matt Cassel time! This is one of those situations where the backup quarterback has no discernible upside or downside compared to the starter.
Posted: 8/17/2013 12:08am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder and the first-team offense struggled mightily in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 16, against the Buffalo Bills. While they played into the second quarter, Ponder and the offense managed a first down on only one of his five series at the helm. He was also sacked three times for 25 yards.
Huddle Up: The Vikings signed Matt Cassel in the offseason, so Ponder is on a short leash. If he struggles early in the year, the Vikings coaches have already stated they will consider making a change at quarterback. Friday's performance didn't help Ponder's cause. Ponder's fantasy outlook right now is a low-end QB2 until he shows more consistency.