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Christian Ponder | Quarterback

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Florida State
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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. Mar 13 - 7:09 PM

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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.
Mar 13 - 3:09 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

Christian Ponder has been relegated to a spectator role at Vikings camp.

The Vikes are trying to get Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel all the snaps they can, so Ponder is merely getting a third-team rep every "once in a while." At this point, the 2011 No. 12 overall pick on the roster as a camp arm. The Vikings would do well to let Ponder go despite a $1.76 million guaranteed salary.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 08:45:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 01:15:00 PM

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.
Sun, May 25, 2014 11:21:00 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
Tue, May 6, 2014 07:51:00 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.
Sat, May 3, 2014 08:57:00 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
Thu, May 1, 2014 08:20:00 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.
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 02:55:00 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
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 06:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Derek Carr
2Matt McGloin
3Christian Ponder
4Cody Fajardo
RB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3Trent Richardson
4Gus Johnson
5Taiwan Jones
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Latavius Murray
FB1Marcel Reece
2Jamize Olawale
WR11Amari Cooper
2Andre Holmes
3Seth Roberts
4Andre Debose
5Josh Harper
WR21Michael Crabtree
2Rod Streater
3Brice Butler
4Kenbrell Thompkins
5Austin Hill
WR31Rod Streater
TE1Mychal Rivera
2Clive Walford
3Lee Smith
4Brian Leonhardt
5Scott Simonson
K1Sebastian Janikowski
2Giorgio Tavecchio