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Christian Ponder | Quarterback

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 229
College: Florida State
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Christian Ponder is working as the Vikings' No. 3 quarterback at OTAs.
Predictably, he's getting fewer reps with the ones than Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. "Obviously there's an agenda to try to get Teddy ready," Ponder conceded. "And Cassel's the starter right now." Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings "hope" to trade Ponder to a QB-needy team in training camp. They won't release him outright due to a $1.8 million salary guaranteed. Jun 16 - 1:15 PM

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The Vikings plan to give all three of their quarterbacks first-team offseason reps.

That's Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Vikings are "pushing competition" and hope to go to camp with a pecking order in place. By the time August rolls around, we suspect Cassel and Bridgewater will be toward the top. By Week 1, it's tentatively expected that Bridgewater will be No. 1, Cassel No. 2, and Ponder No. 3.
May 25 - 11:21 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman reiterated that he has no plans to trade Christian Ponder.

That's because Spielman has no illusions about fetching anything of value in return. A firm No. 2 on the depth chart behind Matt Cassel, Ponder could be No. 3 by this time next week.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 7:51 PM

Vikings declined Christian Ponder's fifth-year option.

It's an obvious move as the Vikes aren't going to pay $9.6 million for a guy they've essentially given up on. The bigger question is if Ponder will even break camp with the team. He's firmly behind Matt Cassel right now and could very well fall to third on the depth chart when the Vikings draft a quarterback next week. Cutting Ponder would result in $3.2 million in dead money.
May 3 - 8:57 AM

The Vikings are not going to pick up Christian Ponder's fifth-year option.

It's an obvious move as the Vikes aren't going to pay $9.6 million for guy they've essentially given up on. The bigger question is if Ponder will even break camp with the team. He's firmly behind Matt Cassel right now and could very well fall to third on the depth chart when the Vikings draft a quarterback next week. Cutting Ponder would result in $3.2 million in dead money.
Source: ESPN.com
May 1 - 8:20 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman promised Friday that Christian Ponder "will be here" on the 2014 roster.

Spielman made it clear, however, that he is looking to add a young quarterback and will probably bolster the roster with two more signal callers via offseason moves. Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman are free agents. The Vikings may have interest in retaining Cassel, but he'll almost certainly go to the highest bidder. Spielman is very likely to use an early-round draft pick at quarterback.
Feb 14 - 2:55 PM

New Vikings OC Norv Turner admitted Thursday that the team is looking to add a young quarterback.

The Vikings already have a young quarterback on the roster in Christian Ponder, so Norval is tacitly admitting the 2011 first-rounder is not the answer. "I think everyone is in agreement that we’re trying to add a young quarterback to the organization," Turner said candidly. Ponder is currently the only signal caller the Vikings have under contract for 2014, but the Vikes are going to search high and low for an alternative. If they use the No. 8 overall pick on a quarterback, the rookie would get every chance to be the Week 1 starter.
Source: vikings.com
Feb 6 - 6:10 PM

Following Matt Cassel's decision to opt out, Christian Ponder will be the only quarterback on the Vikings roster.

It's a scary statement for Vikings fans. They own the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, but the top-three quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles) could easily be gone by the time they're on the clock. GM Rick Spielman needs to swing a trade on draft day, re-sign Cassel or find another bridge quarterback. It's highly unlikely that Spielman or new coach Mike Zimmer see Ponder as a realistic option.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 12:27 PM

ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling "can't see" the team "investing more time" in Christian Ponder.

Goessling believes if the Vikings are going to keep a quarterback from the 2013 group, then it will be Matt Cassel. Ponder was given countless opportunities under Leslie Frazier. With a new coaching staff coming to town, it's probably best for the Vikings to part ways with Ponder and see if he can turn his career around elsewhere without the first-round pick stigma attached to his name.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 11 - 11:02 AM

Christian Ponder (concussion) has been cleared for Week 15.

The Vikings face Philadelphia next. Ponder is medically cleared, but whether he'll start remains to be seen. Backup Matt Cassel played well enough Sunday against Baltimore to keep Minnesota in the game late. The Vikings continue to let Josh Freeman rot as a healthy inactive third-stringer.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 01:47:00 PM

Vikings declared QB Christian Ponder, TE Kyle Rudolph, CB Josh Robinson, DT Chase Baker, G Jeff Baca, WR Rodney Smith and OT Mike Remmers.

It's a quiet list for the Vikings, who will start Matt Cassel in Ponder's absence. Cassel will be backed up by Josh Freeman. It's possible Rudolph (foot) could soon be shut down.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Christian Ponder (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 14.

The Vikings are going to start Matt Cassel against the Ravens.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 02:17:00 PM

Christian Ponder (concussion) remained out of Vikings practice Thursday.

Ponder is now extremely unlikely to gain clearance in time for Sunday's game against the Ravens, leaving starting duties to Matt Cassel. It's not a terrible downgrade for the Vikings' skill players, but only Adrian Peterson will be worth starting.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 02:56:00 PM

A source tells ESPN that Christian Ponder (concussion) is still not cleared.

Ponder, who is still feeling symptoms as of Wednesday appears highly unlikely to gain clearance in time to practice and play in a brutal spot at Baltimore on Sunday. Coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday he'll likely turn to Matt Cassel instead of Josh Freeman. The only Viking we'd want to use in fantasy formats this week is Adrian Peterson.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:31:00 AM

Coach Leslie Frazier did not announce a Week 14 starting quarterback at his Monday press conference.

The Vikings are in wait-and-see mode with Christian Ponder, who suffered a concussion late in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Chicago. "There’s no reason at this point on Monday at 12:40PM that we have to make a decision," Frazier said. "We can talk it through and do what’s best." If Ponder can't play against the Ravens, either Matt Cassel or Josh Freeman would start.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Jerick McKinnon
4Joe Banyard
5Dominique Williams
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Erik Lora
4Kamar Jorden
5Kain Colter
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
5Andy Cruse
6Donte Foster
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
5A.C. Leonard
K1Blair Walsh