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Draft Scout Christian Ponder News
06/17/14 - QB Christian Ponder said he understands that he may be No. 3 on the depth chart when the season starts.
That is, if the Vikings keep three quarterbacks on the roster. Otherwise, Ponder could be traded or released by the end of training camp.
Veteran Matt Cassel is No. 1 on the depth chart and rookie Teddy Bridgewater is also getting more reps in practice than Ponder, the incumbent starter.
Ponder was a first-round draft choice in 2011.
"We'll see how it plays out once it goes to training camp," Ponder said Saturday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "but obviously there's an agenda to try to get Teddy ready, and Cassel's the starter right now."
The Vikings hope that Bridgewater will start eventually, but plan for Cassel to be ahead of him on the depth chart as the team enters training camp next month.
"(Bridgewater) is good," Ponder said. "He's got a great arm, and he's very accurate. He spins the ball really well. He's picking up things pretty quickly. I like him a lot."
That could leave Ponder as the odd man out.
"It's not awkward -- I understand what's going on," Ponder said. "I had some opportunities that I didn't take full advantage of. If I would have played better, I wouldn't be in the situation here right now. We'll see how it plays out -- football's a crazy game."
12/30/13 - QB Christian Ponder, the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, admitted he feels partially responsible for coach Leslie Frazier's firing on Monday morning. Ponder never lived up to his draft billing and regress in Year 3, forcing Frazier to bench him in what became a three-headed quarterbacking nightmare that ultimately cost Frazier his job.
"It was definitely an interesting year, and not the way that I thought it would play out or probably anyone wanted it to play out," said Ponder, who went 2-6-1 as a starter this year. "So with my job, I didn't play well enough to keep the job and for us to win as many games as we should have. So it stinks knowing that was a contribution to what happened."
Ponder is the only quarterback technically under contract for next season. Matt Cassel, who finished the year as the starter, has a clause that allows him or the Vikings to opt out of the final year of a two-year deal. Meanwhile, Josh Freeman becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Ponder said Monday that he wants to be a starter. Whether it's here or somewhere else doesn't matter, he said.
"I'm not sure what's going to happen," Ponder said. "I wouldn't be surprised if both Matt and I are back. I think there could be a lot of competition there, which is good for both of us."
12/08/13 - QB Christian Ponder (concussion) is inactive vs. Baltimore and will not serve as Matt Cassel's backup.
12/05/13 - QB Christian Ponder (concussion) left last Sunday's game with a concussion and experienced more symptoms on Wednesday. He will be replaced as the starter by Matt Cassel, who played well while leading the team back from a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit to an overtime win.
11/15/13 - QB Christian Ponder will likely start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Leslie Frazier announced Friday.
Ponder dislocated his non-throwing (left) shoulder Nov. 7 against the Washington Redskins.
Ponder took first-team reps in practice this week and said he expects to play in Seattle. He is listed on the team's injury report as probable, but it will make a final decision on his status after Saturday's walk-through.
"The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good," Frazier said. "Hopefully he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects."
Ponder completed 17 of 21 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before getting hurt.