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Posted: 7/28/2014 5:58pm ET
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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