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Christian Ponder | Quarterback | #2

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (12) / MIN
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Broncos waived QB Christian Ponder.
Perhaps Peyton Manning (foot, ribs) is getting closer to a return. Ponder never put any heat on Trevor Siemian behind Brock Osweiler. It's probably time for Ponder to move on with his life. Tue, Dec 8, 2015 04:24:00 PM

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Broncos signed QB Christian Ponder.

With Peyton Manning (foot) out "at least" two weeks, Ponder will slide in behind starter Brock Osweiler. Once Manning is healthy, Ponder will again hit the road.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 12:26:00 PM

Free agent QB Christian Ponder will work out for the Broncos on Wednesday.

With Peyton Manning (foot) out "at least" two weeks, the Broncos want an experienced backup behind youngster Brock Osweiler and ahead of rookie Trevor Siemian. Ponder spent the summer with the Raiders.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 08:39:00 PM

The Titans worked out free agent QB Christian Ponder on Tuesday.

Zach Mettenberger was injured late in Sunday's loss, so the Titans might need someone behind Marcus Mariota and Charlie Whitehurst.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 06:09:00 PM

The Cowboys will work out free agent QBs Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn, and Josh Johnson.

Per ESPN's Ed Werder, retired QB Kyle Orton isn't a realistic option due to his poor relationship with Tony Romo. Ponder spent the summer in Oakland, but was cut when the Raiders kept only Matt McGloin behind Derek Carr. The Cowboys also checked in on Jason Campbell, but he's content in retirement.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 08:10:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the Raiders have reached out to free agent QB Christian Ponder.

Ponder spent the offseason with the Raiders but was beaten out by Matt McGloin for the backup job. Reaching out to Ponder could indicate Oakland is worried about Derek Carr's hand. Carr will have an MRI on Monday.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 01:04:00 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported the Eagles are interested in free agent QB Christian Ponder.

This is likely an agent-driven report. The Eagles have one of the best backups in the league in Mark Sanchez, and Ponder could not beat out former UDFA Matt McGloin in Oakland. Ponder will likely land somewhere, but it would be surprising if it were Philadelphia.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 01:12:00 PM

Raiders will release QB Christian Ponder.

Signed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal in the offseason, Ponder's history with new Raiders OC Bill Musgrave couldn't save him from the chopping block. He was soundly outplayed by Matt McGloin in the preseason. The 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft, 27-year-old Ponder's tendency to play scared and drop his eyes under duress has him on the verge of falling out of the NFL.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Raiders signed QB Christian Ponder, formerly of the Vikings.

Ponder has ties to Raiders OC Bill Musgrave and is the favorite to back up Derek Carr, where he'll likely be competing with Matt McGloin. His signing makes Matt Schaub expendable. The Raiders can save $5.5 million by cutting Schaub.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 07:09:00 PM

The Raiders are hosting free agent Christian Ponder.

Matt Moore, Ponder, and Tarvaris Jackson are the "top" free agent quarterbacks left on the market. Matt Schaub would figure to be jettisoned were Ponder signed, leaving Ponder and Matt McGloin to battle to be Derek Carr's backup. Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Raiders are likely to sign Ponder shortly.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 03:09:00 PM

Christian Ponder completed 22-of-44 passes for 222 yards and two interceptions in Thursday night's loss to the Packers, adding three scrambles for 15 yards and a touchdown.

It was a disastrous start from Ponder, who struggled with turnovers and took six sacks. Ponder was intercepted on back to back drives, including a pick-six to Packers LB Julius Peppers. The majority of his completions came on checkdowns in the fourth quarter. Ponder will return to backup duties with Teddy Bridgewater expected to return in Week 6.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Christian Ponder will start Thursday's game against the Packers.

Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) just didn't have enough time to heal up on a short week. Ponder is Rotoworld's No. 30 quarterback for Week 5.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 05:40:00 PM

Vikings declared QB Christian Ponder, WR Charles Johnson, CB Shaun Prater, LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith and DE Scott Crichton inactive for Week 3 against the Saints.

The most notable inactive, Adrian Peterson, is officially suspended, so he's not on this list. Matt Asiata will get the start, but rookie backup Jerick McKinnon is expected to have an increased role.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 11:38:00 AM

Vikings declared QB Christian Ponder, RB Zach Line, TE MarQueis Gray, CB Shaun Prater, LB Michael Mauti, LB Brandon Watts, and OG David Yankey inactive for Week 1 against the Rams.

Ponder is the No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. Line has an ankle injury. Mauti is battling a foot issue, while Watts has a balky knee. Gray was just claimed off waivers from the Browns last weekend.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Christian Ponder has made the Vikings' 53-man roster.

In something of a surprise, the Vikings are hanging onto Ponder as their third QB behind Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. It probably has something to do with his $1.76M guaranteed salary. Having received almost no first-team reps this month, Ponder is certainly on the trade block if anyone wants to bite.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 07:17:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Tim Tebow
2Christian Ponder
3Seth Lobato
4Bryan Bennett
5Jerry Lovelocke
6Chandler Harnish
7Chase Rettig
8Cody Fajardo
9Bryn Renner
10R.J. Archer
11Shane Carden
12Jake Heaps
13Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2LaMichael James
3Trent Richardson
4Isaiah Pead
5Zurlon Tipton
6Alonzo Harris
7Josh Harris
8Storm Johnson
9Antone Smith
10Daniel Thomas
11Jeremy Stewart
12Michael Dyer
13Jerome Smith
14Kenneth Harper
15Jawon Chisholm
16Keshawn Hill
17Lache Seastrunk
18LaVance Taylor
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Brad Smelley
6J.C. Copeland
7Emil Igwenagu
8Zach Boren
9Jordan Campbell
10Toben Opurum
11Kiero Small
12John Conner
WR11Josh Morgan
2Jacoby Ford
3Preston Parker
4Kris Durham
5T.J. Graham
6Miles Austin
7Vincent Brown
8Zach D'Orazio
9Kenzel Doe
10Carlton Mitchell
11Armon Binns
12Reggie Dunn
13Aldrick Robinson
14Damian Williams
15Tevin Reese
16Solomon Patton
17Ricky Collins
18Josh Harper
19Marquez Clark
20David Porter
21L'Damian Washington
22Travis Labhart
23Donatella Luckett
24Tyler McDonald
25Ezell Ruffin
26Lance Lewis
27Josh Stewart
28DaVaris Daniels
WR21Ace Sanders
2Denarius Moore
3Marcus Thigpen
4A.J. Jenkins
5Joe Morgan
6Ryan Broyles
7Jacoby Jones
8Rico Richardson
9Emory Blake
10Saalim Hakim
11Onterio McCalebb
12Mike Brown
13Tandon Doss
14Austin Pettis
15Devon Wylie
16Devante Davis
17Daniel Rodriguez
18James Butler
19Jimmie Hunt
20Milton Williams III
21Ryan Lankford
22Clyde Gates
23Ryan Whalen
24Michael Preston
25Phil Bates
26Juron Criner
27Tom Nelson
28Trindon Holliday
29Demetrius Wilson
30Josh Reese
31Trevor Harman
32Paul Browning
TE1Dante Rosario
2Matthew Mulligan
3Mickey Shuler
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Richard Gordon
7Chase Dixon
8Jimmay Mundine
9Steve Maneri
10D.J. Williams
11David Paulson
12Gerell Robinson
13Brandon Barden
14Jake Murphy
15Ryan Taylor
16Brett Brackett
17Michael Egnew
18Dan Light
LT1Jason Fox
2David Foucault
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Todd Herremans
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Carey Spear
4Michael Palardy
5Billy Cundiff
6Andrew Furney
7Mike Meyer
8Justin Manton
9Patrick Murray