Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
2 days 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 week 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
9 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
9 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
9 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
11 months 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
12 months 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
12 months 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.

Christian Ponder
QB SF (8)
1 year ago1 Comment

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 SF (8)
2 years ago2 Comments

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.