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Christian Ponder | Quarterback | #2

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (12) / MIN
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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

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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.
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

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.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 03:09:00 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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Lindley
2Tim Tebow
3Seth Lobato
4Christian Ponder
5Bryan Bennett
6Jerry Lovelocke
7Chandler Harnish
8Chase Rettig
9Cody Fajardo
10R.J. Archer
11Bryn Renner
12Shane Carden
13Jake Heaps
14Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2LaMichael James
3Trent Richardson
4Isaiah Pead
5Zurlon Tipton
6Alonzo Harris
7Josh Harris
8Storm Johnson
9Antone Smith
10Daniel Thomas
11Jeremy Stewart
12Michael Dyer
13Jerome Smith
14Kenneth Harper
15Jawon Chisholm
16LaVance Taylor
17Keshawn Hill
18Lache Seastrunk
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Brad Smelley
6J.C. Copeland
7Emil Igwenagu
8Zach Boren
9Jordan Campbell
10Kiero Small
11John Conner
WR11Jacoby Ford
2Preston Parker
3Kris Durham
4Josh Morgan
5T.J. Graham
6Seantavius Jones
7Miles Austin
8Vincent Brown
9Armon Binns
10Reggie Dunn
11Carlton Mitchell
12Ricky Collins
13Zach D'Orazio
14Kenzel Doe
15Tevin Reese
16Solomon Patton
17Damian Williams
18Aldrick Robinson
19Lance Lewis
20Josh Stewart
21L'Damian Washington
22Travis Labhart
23Donatella Luckett
24Josh Harper
25Marquez Clark
26David Porter
27DaVaris Daniels
28Tyler McDonald
29Ezell Ruffin
WR21Riley Cooper
2Denarius Moore
3Marcus Thigpen
4Ace Sanders
5Rico Richardson
6Emory Blake
7A.J. Jenkins
8Joe Morgan
9Ryan Broyles
10Jacoby Jones
11Tandon Doss
12Mike Brown
13Saalim Hakim
14Onterio McCalebb
15Austin Pettis
16Milton Williams III
17Devon Wylie
18Jimmie Hunt
19Devante Davis
20Ryan Whalen
21Michael Preston
22Clyde Gates
23Phil Bates
24Ryan Lankford
25Daniel Rodriguez
26James Butler
27Demetrius Wilson
28Josh Reese
29Trevor Harman
30Juron Criner
31Tom Nelson
32Trindon Holliday
33Paul Browning
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Dante Rosario
2Matthew Mulligan
3Mickey Shuler
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Richard Gordon
7Chase Dixon
8Jimmay Mundine
9Steve Maneri
10D.J. Williams
11David Paulson
12Gerell Robinson
13Brandon Barden
14Jake Murphy
15Ryan Taylor
16Brett Brackett
17Michael Egnew
18Dan Light
LT1Will Beatty
2Jason Fox
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Todd Herremans
2Jahri Evans
3Geoff Schwartz
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Carey Spear
4Michael Palardy
5Billy Cundiff
6Andrew Furney
7Mike Meyer
8Justin Manton
9Patrick Murray