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Christian Ponder | Quarterback

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Florida State
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 25 - 12:26 PM

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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.
Nov 24 - 8:39 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.
Nov 3 - 6:09 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.
Sep 21 - 8:10 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.
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
3Christian Ponder
4Trevor Siemian
RB1Ronnie Hillman
2C.J. Anderson
3Juwan Thompson
GLB1Ronnie Hillman
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Ronnie Hillman
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Bennie Fowler
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Cody Latimer
WR31Jordan Norwood
TE1Vernon Davis
2Owen Daniels
3Virgil Green
4Richard Gordon
LT1Tyler Polumbus
LG1Evan Mathis
2Max Garcia
C1Matt Paradis
2Sam Brenner
RG1Louis Vasquez
RT1Ryan Harris
2Michael Schofield
K1Brandon McManus