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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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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

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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

Christian Ponder exited Sunday's Week 13 game against the Bears with a concussion.

Matt Cassel started the second half. Ponder's injury occurred at the tail end of the second quarter. He was 3-of-8 passing for 40 yards. The downgrade from Ponder to Cassel is negligible, but Cassel will be left as Minnesota's only healthy, active quarterback for the final two frames. Josh Freeman was scratched. The Vikings do have ex-QB Joe Webb playing wide receiver.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed following Sunday's Week 12 tie that Christian Ponder has earned the start in Week 13 against the Bears.

"I don't know any reason why he wouldn't (start again)," Frazier said. "I don't know if it would be helping our football team not to start him." Ponder went 21-of-30 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown, avoiding interceptions against the Packers. He'll be on the low-end QB2 radar against Chicago.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:10:00 PM

Christian Ponder completed 21-of-30 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown in Minnesota's Week 12 tie with the Packers.

It was arguably Ponder's best game of the season. He was doing whatever he wanted against a very weak Green Bay secondary. Ponder was sacked on his first two dropbacks of the day but picked apart the Packers afterward. He didn't take many shots downfield. When he did, Ponder hooked up with Jerome Simpson. Otherwise, Ponder mainly worked it to Cordarrelle Patterson in the short passing game. Ponder completed at least one pass to nine different receivers. He'll get another start against the Bears next week.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 05:19:00 PM

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

Coach Leslie Frazier benched a predictably ineffective Ponder in the Week 11 loss at Seattle. But on Wednesday, he insisted Ponder gives the Vikings the best chance to win. It speaks to just how bad No. 2 man Matt Cassel is and how bad of a signing Josh Freeman was. Averaging just 196.4 yards per game with six passing touchdowns in seven games this year, Ponder won't even be a QB2 in Green Bay.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:34:00 PM

Coach Leslie Frazier was noncommittal when asked who would be the Vikings' starting quarterback for Week 12 against the Packers.

Frazier said he would get together with his coaching staff and make a decision this week. It's either going to be Christian Ponder or Josh Freeman. Matt Cassel likely doesn't have much of a chance to get the call. Ponder was horrific in the second half of Sunday's blowout loss to Seattle, completing just 4-of-9 passes for 15 yards and two interceptions. Freeman hasn't seen the field since his nightmare Monday night performance against the Giants in Week 7. If we were to make a guess on a Week 12 starter, our money is on Freeman.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 10:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Christian Ponder
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3Zach Line
4Joe Banyard
5Bradley Randle
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Lestar Jean
4Kamar Jorden
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Jerome Simpson
3Rodney Smith
4Adam Thielen
WR31Jerome Simpson
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
4Allen Reisner
K1Blair Walsh