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Christian Ponder | Quarterback | #15

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (12) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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49ers declared QB Christian Ponder, DB Jimmie Ward, S Jaquiski Tartt, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie, OL John Theus, TE Blake Bell and DT Taylor Hurt inactive for Week 6 against the Bills.
Even with the Niners making a quarterback change this week, Ponder can't get on the game-day 46. Oct 16 - 11:45 AM

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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports some 49ers want Christian Ponder to take over the starting quarterback job.

Reportedly working on an extension for Colin Kaepernick which would "alleviate concerns regarding injury guarantees," the 49ers appear set to make a change at quarterback. Kaepernick will undoubtedly get the first crack, but this report at least makes it clear the locker room will be content when Ponder ultimately replaces a flailing Kap in three weeks. The 49ers will be taking a quarterback early in next year's draft.
Oct 8 - 10:43 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports there is "some support" in the 49ers' locker room for Christian Ponder to take over at quarterback.

It sounds like Colin Kaepernick isn't showing well on the practice field, and the 49ers' players are obviously and understandably souring on Blaine Gabbert, who has been horrific through five games. After Thursday night's loss to the Cardinals, coach Chip Kelly was noncommittal on sticking with Gabbert under center. "Ponder is the best option for quarterback on the roster," said one locker-room source. Another player "questioned Kaepernick's commitment" to football as he pursues civil-right ventures. One source told Maiocco that Ponder has been "more consistent" than Kaepernick in practices.
Oct 7 - 3:12 PM

49ers declared QB Christian Ponder, T Anthony Davis, T John Theus, DL Taylor Hart, RB DuJuan Harris, S Marcus Cromartie, and DE Tony Jerod-Eddie inactive for Week 3 against the Seahawks.

There are no surprises on the 49ers' Week 3 inactives list.
Sep 25 - 2:36 PM

49ers declared QB Christian Ponder, CB Marcus Cromartie, RB DuJuan Harris, OT Anthony Davis, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie, OT John Theus, and DL Taylor Hart inactive for Week 2.

There's no surprises. The 49ers will continue to start RG Andrew Tiller (ankle) opposite Zane Beadles.
Sep 18 - 11:37 AM

49ers signed QB Christian Ponder.

It's a sign the 49ers could be expecting Colin Kaepernick's "dead arm" to linger, though Thad Lewis was also just lost for the season. With only sixth-rounder Jeff Driskel behind Blaine Gabbert, the 49ers needed another body at quarterback. Now a true journeyman, Ponder is unlikely to crack the 53-man roster.
Aug 16 - 3:47 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
3Keshawn Martin
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
3Rod Streater
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
4Je'Ron Hamm
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson