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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 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. Oct 2 - 11:41 PM

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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.
Oct 2 - 5:40 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.
Sep 21 - 11:38 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.
Sep 7 - 11:37 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.
Aug 30 - 7:17 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.
Jul 31 - 8:45 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.
Jun 16 - 1:15 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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Teddy Bridgewater
2Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Ben Tate
3Joe Banyard
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Ben Tate
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Joe Banyard
FB1Jerome Felton
2Zach Line
WR11Charles Johnson
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Adam Thielen
WR21Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Charles Johnson
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2Rhett Ellison
3Chase Ford
K1Blair Walsh