OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
3 weeks ago1 Comment

Ponder completed eight of his 14 pass attempts for 101 yards in Thursday's preseason finale. While he didn't throw a touchdown, he rushed for two scores to seal a win for the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Ponder's case has become an interesting one with two strong performances this preseason despite only spending three weeks with the team. Blaine Gabbert is projected to be the team's starter and Colin Kaepernick had his first strong showing of the preseason Thursday, so Ponder isn't close to a lock to make the 53-man roster. That being said, he has looked strong in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back up Gabbert if the 49ers opt to part ways with the polarizing Kaepernick.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
4 weeks ago5 Comments

Ponder was not cut after the 49ers released the 75-man roster prior to Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers.

EDGE Analysis

Ponder was brought in to provide quarterback depth while Colin Kaepernick was sidelined. He opened eyes with a strong preseason debut against the Broncos on Sept. 20 but regressed with a lackluster showing last week against the Packers. The fact that Ponder wasn't cut this week indicates that there is an outside chance that he could make the team as a backup if the team opts to part ways with Kaepernick, who didn't impress in his preseason debut Friday.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 month ago1 Comment

Ponder completed 7-of-8 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos on Saturday. He also added 21 yards and another touchdown on two carries.

EDGE Analysis

Ponder shined in his debut with the 49ers despite joining the team just four days prior. He was brought on to serve as a placeholder until Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) returns, but his stellar production -- albeit against backup defenders -- has to immediately put him in the conversation to possibly make the team as a third-stringer. It looks like Kaepernick could return this Friday against the Packers, so it will be interesting to see how the 49ers use Ponder and rookie backup Jeff Driskel in that game.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 month ago1 Comment

Ponder signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

With Thaddeus Lewis (torn ACL) on injured reserve and Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) still not throwing, the 49ers need a third healthy quarterback for their upcoming joint-squad practices with the Broncos. If Kaepernick isn't available for Saturday's preseason game, Ponder may get thrown into the fire just four days after joining the team. Regardless, Ponder probably won't stick around beyond the preseason.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
10 months ago1 Comment

Ponder was released by the Broncos on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Peyton Manning (foot) set to miss another week, the Broncos are apparently content to have Trevor Siemian serve as the lone backup to Brock Osweiler. Ponder will likely be near the top of many teams' emergency quarterback lists.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
10 months ago1 Comment

The Broncos plan to sign Ponder, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Peyton Manning out, initially Ponder will work as the team's No. 3 QB as he learns the team's offense. For now, he'll slot in behind Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
10 months ago

The Broncos are expected to work out Ponder on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

With Peyton Manning ruled out for at least the next two weeks, the Broncos will look to add depth behind Brock Osweiler, possibly by signing Ponder. Osweiler proved fairly capable in his start last week, and would probably need to suffer an injury for someone else to get snaps under center for the Broncos while Manning is out.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 year ago

Ponder will work out for the Cowboys on Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ponder will be joined by Matt Flynn and Josh Johnson. The team hasn't yet decided who Brandon Weeden's backup will be while Tony Romo (broken collarbone) is out, but if none of the veterans impress them, Kellen Moore could also be activated from the practice squad.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 year ago

The Raiders released Ponder on Saturday, Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ponder was brought in to compete with Matt McGloin for the top backup quarterback role in Oakland, but the latter thoroughly outperformed the competition (also, rookie Cody Fajardo). It remains to be seen if Ponder has run out of professional opportunities, but he was 22-for-35 passing for 245 yards to go with one touchdown and one interception during exhibition season.

OUTChristian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 year ago

Ponder is expected to be released by the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Raiders gave Ponder a $1.5 million signing bonus back in March, but have reportedly decided to go with Matt McGloin as the backup to starter Derek Carr once again in 2015. Ponder failed to stake his claim to the role in the preseason, taking four sacks and going 9-for-16 for 117 yards and no touchdowns in the final two games.