Christian Ponder QB OAK 5 months ago

Ponder is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Raiders, ESPN reports.

Ponder, the tenth overall pick in 2011, fell out of favor rather quickly with the Vikings, who opted to move on with Teddy Bridgewater as their starter. Now in Oakland, Ponder figures to back-up another promising rising second-year player, Derek Carr. That dynamic obviously restricts Ponder's fantasy value considerably, but a second-string role perhaps best suits Ponder's skill set.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 10 months ago

Ponder completed 22-of-44 passes for 222 yards, adding three carries for 15 yards and a touchdown, in Thursday's 42-10 loss to the Packers. He threw two interceptions and was sacked six times.

The Vikings scored all 10 points in the fourth quarter, with the offense showing no ability to move the ball until the game was out of hand, despite facing a beatable Green Bay defense. Ponder was bad for even a backup, and Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is tentatively expected to return for Week 6 against the Lions, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. In the unexpected event that Ponder gets another start, he'll be one of the worst quarterback options for Week 6.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 10 months ago

Ponder will start in place of Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) on Thursday in Green Bay, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Despite fitting in a limited showing at Wednesday's practice, the Vikings are opting for the prudent approach by keeping their prized quarterback in the stable. In his stead, Ponder will be under center for the seventh time against the Packers. With a 1-4-1 record against the division rival, he's completed 92-of-170 passes (54.1 percent) for 1,140 yards with eight touchdowns (one rushing) and five interceptions.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 11 months ago

Ponder is inactive for Sunday's game at St. Louis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

No surprise here as Ponder is the No. 3 quarterback and may not be active all season unless Teddy Bridgewater or Matt Cassel are hurt.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 11 months ago

Ponder made the final roster, the Vikings' official website reports.

With Matt Cassel the Week 1 starter, and Teddy Bridgewater the clear No. 2, Ponder never really had a chance to be anything more than the third quarterback. He at least did enough to keep a spot on the roster, and could be the subject of trade rumors.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 11 months ago

Ponder was 12-of-15 for 121 yards and led the Vikings on three scoring drives in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee.

It was a nice outing for Ponder late in the game against the third-string defense. He enters the season as a distant third on the depth chart at quarterback.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 11 months ago

Ponder did not play in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.

He hasn't played the last two preseason games as the Vikings wanted to give as many snaps as possible to Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. Ponder is clearly the No. 3 quarterback and there's debate whether the team will keep him on the roster or trade or cut him at the end of training camp.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 12 months ago

Ponder was 3-of-7 for 39 yards in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.

Ponder is clearly the No. 3 quarterback as he's had almost no time with the first-team offense in training camp and didn't play until the third quarter of the first preseason game.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 12 months ago

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 only thing keeping the 2011 No. 12 overall pick on the roster is a $1.76 million guaranteed salary.

Christian Ponder QB OAK 1 year ago

Christian Ponder is working as the Vikings' No. 3 quarterback at OTAs.

Predictably, he's getting fewer reps with the ones than Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. "Obviously there's an agenda to try to get Teddy ready," Ponder conceded. "And Cassel's the starter right now." Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings "hope" to trade Ponder to a QB-needy team in training camp. They won't release him outright due to a $1.8 million salary guaranteed.