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Christian Ponder | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Florida State
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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. Sep 21 - 8:10 PM

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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.
Sep 14 - 1:04 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.
Sep 5 - 1:12 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.
Sep 4 - 9:32 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.
Mar 13 - 7:09 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.
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.
Tue, May 6, 2014 07:51:00 PM

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QB1T.J. Yates
2Christian Ponder
3Seth Lobato
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5Ryan Lindley
6Stephen Morris
7Matt Flynn
8Bryan Bennett
9Phillip Sims
10Jerry Lovelocke
11Chandler Harnish
12Chase Rettig
13Josh Freeman
14R.J. Archer
15Cody Fajardo
16Shane Carden
17Jeff Tuel
18Pat Devlin
19Jake Waters
20Jake Heaps
RB1Trent Richardson
2Cyrus Gray
3LaMichael James
4DuJuan Harris
5Montee Ball
6Josh Harris
7Bryce Brown
8Storm Johnson
9Darrin Reaves
10Tim Hightower
11Donald Brown
12LaVance Taylor
13Keshawn Hill
14Lache Seastrunk
15Mack Brown
16Jerome Smith
17Kenneth Harper
18Jawon Chisholm
19Bronson Hill
20Isaiah Pead
21Daniel Thomas
22Jeremy Stewart
23Travaris Cadet
24Michael Dyer
GLB1Robert Hughes
FB1Erik Lorig
2Robert Hughes
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Trey Millard
6Brad Smelley
7Toben Opurum
8Jordan Campbell
9Emil Igwenagu
10Zach Boren
11Kiero Small
12J.C. Copeland
13Joey Iosefa
14John Conner
15Brandon Cottom
WR11Preston Parker
2Kris Durham
3Denarius Moore
4C.J. Goodwin
5Tyler Murphy
6Michael Bennett
7Jacoby Ford
8Josh Morgan
9Douglas McNeil
10Cobi Hamilton
11Colin Lockett
12Damian Williams
13Aldrick Robinson
14Ryan Spadola
15Tevin Reese
16Armon Binns
17Reggie Dunn
18Zach D'Orazio
19Kenzel Doe
20Robert Herron
21Solomon Patton
22Jonathan Krause
23Antwan Goodley
24Ricky Collins
25Terrelle Pryor
26Jarrett Boykin
27Nick Harwell
28Vincent Brown
29Carlton Mitchell
30Deon Long
31DaVaris Daniels
32L'Damian Washington
33G.J. Kinne
34Lance Lewis
35Josh Stewart
36T.J. Graham
37Josh Harper
38Titus Davis
39Travis Labhart
40Marquez Clark
41Donatella Luckett
42Tyler McDonald
43Ezell Ruffin
44Tyler Slavin
45DeAndre Carter
46David Porter
WR21Hakeem Nicks
2Ace Sanders
3Tandon Doss
4Onterio McCalebb
5Austin Pettis
6Ryan Broyles
7A.J. Jenkins
8Damaris Johnson
9Emory Blake
10Tyrell Williams
11Mike Brown
12Jordan Leslie
13Marcus Lucas
14Devon Wylie
15Bernard Reedy
16Ryan Lankford
17Damarr Aultman
18Rasheed Bailey
19Ryan Whalen
20Clyde Gates
21Milton Williams III
22Daniel Rodriguez
23James Butler
24Josh Lenz
25Issac Blakeney
26DeVier Posey
27Jimmie Hunt
28Michael Preston
29Phil Bates
30Chuck Jacobs
31Devante Davis
32Levi Norwood
33Reggie Bell
34Trindon Holliday
35LaRon Byrd
36Saalim Hakim
37Juron Criner
38Andre Davis
39Demetrius Wilson
40Josh Reese
41Trevor Harman
42Paul Browning
43Andrew Turzilli
44Tom Nelson
45Shane Wynn
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2Dante Rosario
3Kyle Miller
4Orson Charles
5Chase Dixon
6Brian Leonhardt
7Alex Smith
8Steve Maneri
9David Paulson
10Jimmay Mundine
11D.J. Williams
12Adrien Robinson
13Sean McGrath
14Jacob Maxwell
15Jake Murphy
16Ryan Taylor
17Brett Brackett
18Michael Egnew
19Brandon Barden
20Gerell Robinson
21Dan Light
C1Craig Watts
2Jacques McClendon
K1Josh Scobee
2Connor Barth
3Kai Forbath
4Randy Bullock
5Brandon Bogotay
6Michael Palardy
7Carey Spear
8Andrew Furney
9Mike Meyer
10Ty Long
11Justin Manton
12Corey Acosta
13Patrick Murray
14Tom Obarski
15Giorgio Tavecchio