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Draft Scout Christian Ponder News
09/04/15 - QB Christian Ponder is expected to be cut, a league source told ESPN's Adam Caplan on Friday. That news means Matt McGloin is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Derek Carr. The Raiders will absorb $1.5 million in dead money from Ponder's signing bonus.
03/14/15 - QB Christian Ponder left the Vikings for the Raiders Friday (March 13), agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.
The move reunites Ponder with Bill Musgrave, who coached him in Minnesota and is now the Raiders' offensive coordinator under new coach Jack Del Rio.
Ponder was drafted 12th overall by the Vikings in 2011 and started 36 games in his four seasons in Minnesota. He completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 6,658 yards, 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
The Vikings essentially gave up on him in 2013, when they signed Josh Freeman at midseason. But Freeman was gone after 2013 and the Vikings used their second first-rounder in four years on a quarterback when they selected Teddy Bridgewater. Ponder ended up falling to third on the depth chart behind Bridgewater and Matt Cassel.
03/07/15 - QB Christian Ponder is as happy to be moving on as the team is happy to be rid of him. Even the trade of Matt Cassel is unlikely to result in the Vikings - or Ponder - changing their minds and extending this woefully failed marriage.
10/02/14 - QB Christian Ponder went 8-for-18 for 60 yards and two interceptions in the first half, and the Vikings trailed 28-0 at halftime. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown, and another set up a touchdown. "After playing like that," Ponder said, "you don't have much to say. It was embarrassing." He finished 22-for-44 for 222 yards.
08/31/14 - QB Christian Ponder did indeed make the cuts to 53, as coach Mike Zimmer indicated would happen. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner no doubt played a role in solidifying the franchise's decision not to follow the growing trend of keeping only two quarterbacks. As offensive coordinator in Cleveland last year, Turner was on his third different starting quarterback by Week 8.