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Height/Weight: 6-2/229 | Birthdate: 2/25/1988 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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Vikings QB Christian Ponder has a tough time Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had a tough time Thursday against the Packers.

Ponder completed 22 of 44 passes, for 222 yards and two interceptions. He did not throw a touchdown during the contest. Ponder was constantly under pressure during the game. He was sacked six times. Due to constant pressure, Ponder was forced to settle for short completions throughout the start. When he did go long, Ponder's throw wound up being inaccurate. Ponder did manage to find the end zone late, running in a touchdown with his team down by 42. Ponder had 15 yards on three rushing attempts. 

Ponder will take on the Lions Week 6 if Teddy Bridgewater is unable to play again.


Vikings QB Christian Ponder gets the call Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will start Thursday against the Packers.

Teddy Bridgewater is officially inactive for the contest, meaning Ponder will take over as the primary quarterback. Ponder came on in relief of Bridgewater Week 4, but did not attempt a pass. He rushed one time during the contest, picking up a yard. Ponder started nine games last season, tossing seven touchdowns against nine interceptions. 


Report: Vikings QB Christian Ponder likely to start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Vikings will likely start Christian Ponder Thursday, according to ESPN. 

Teddy Bridgewater is dealing with an ankle issue, and has been considered a game time decision. The team also called up quarterback Chandler Harnish from the practice squad, indicating that they might need help at quarterback. 


Christian Ponder preparing to start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder took the first-team reps Monday and Tuesday while rookie Teddy Bridgewater watched with an ankle injury. "I'm preparing to play, but we're hoping the best for Teddy," Ponder told reporters.

"I've talked to Teddy. He's doing everything he can to prepare and be ready to play."

Ponder has started 35 games, but none with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. He could be under center Thursday in Green Bay. "It's a very different style of offense than what we've ran the previous three years," Ponder said. "Without Adrian [Peterson], it's different. Defenses play us differently without Adrian. I'm comfortable and fit well in it."


Vikes hold out Teddy Bridgewater


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missed practice for the second straight day with his sprained ankle. Minnesota will hold a walkthrough Wednesday, a day before it visits the Packers on Thursday Night Football.

If Bridgewater can't play, Christian Ponder would get the start.

Vikings list Week 3 inactives


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) The Vikings' list of inactives for Week 3 at New Orleans includes linebacker Brandon Watts (knee), wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring), quarterback Christian Ponder, wide receiver Charles Johnson, defensive back Shaun Prater, offensive lineman David Yankey and defensive lineman Scott Crichton. Ponder, Johnson, Prater, Yankey and Crichton are all healthy scratches.


Vikings issue inactives for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Vikings have released their inactives for the Week 2 game against New England. The healthy inactives are quarterback Christian Ponder, running back Adrian Peterson, guard David Yankey and defensive end Scott Crichton.

Those injured are linebackers Brandon Watts (knee) and Michael Mauti (foot) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring).


Christian Ponder among Vikings Week 1 inactives


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) The Vikings have announced that the following players will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams: quarterback Christian Ponder, cornerback Shaun Prater, fullback Zach Line, lineback Michael Mauti, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey and tight end MarQueis Gray.

Ponder is the team's third quarterback behind starter Matt Cassel and rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater.


Vikings' QB race taking shape


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Vikings quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater are likely to get the bulk of the snaps moving forward, reports ESPN.com. That means Christian Ponder will get fewer reps.

"You can't work three [quarterbacks] for a long time, so the reps will get divided up differently," Turner said.

Turner added preseason games will factor "heavily" into the team's decision on a starter.


Christian Ponder 'eliminating' negative plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder isn't given much chance of beating out Matt Cassel or rookie Teddy Bridgewater, but coordinator Norv Turner said Ponder is making progress in the new offense.

"Christian Ponder, I know people like to beat up on him, but I've been impressed with Christian," Turner said, per the team's website. "With his physical ability and the way he's worked and the progress he's made. He's eliminating a lot of the negative plays."


Vikes won't name starting QB until well into training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) While most expect Matt Cassel to open the season as the Vikings' quarterback, coach Mike Zimmer told USA Today he won't name a starter until well into training camp.

"I want to give everybody an opportunity and make sure that it's a legitimate opportunity for all of them," Zimmer said after the team opened its mandatory minicamp Tuesday. "Then we'll start narrowing down the reps as we get going. But it won't be for a while."

Cassel will have to fend off rookie Teddy Bridgewater and former first-rounder Christian Ponder.


Zimmer declares Vikings starting QB job open


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he plans on giving all of his quarterbacks an opportunity to compete for the starting job in camp, suggesting that rookie Teddy Bridgewater could overtake veteran Matt Cassel for the gig. 

"Everybody wants to rush into things," Zimmer said according to ESPN. "I want to give everybody an opportunity and make sure it's a legitimate opportunity for all of them. And we'll start narrowing down the reps as we get going."

Cassel had taken the majority of snaps through the early OTAs with Bridgewater behind him and Christian Ponder running third string. It was previously believed that Cassel would begin the year as the starter and eventually give way for Bridgewater. 

Zimmer said he wouldn't name a starter "for a while."


Christian Ponder to share first-team reps


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will share first-team snaps with Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater in offseason practices, reports NFL.com. The move could be designed to enhance Ponder's trade value, as Minnesota is expected to start Cassel or Bridgewater, the report added.

Fantasy owners might have to wait for Teddy Bridgewater


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Vikings have plans to not rush Teddy Bridgewater along in his progress and have no problems starting the season with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback. 

"There is no pressure on this kid to come in and play," GM Rick Spielman said. "We're very comfortable with Matt Cassel right now. We're very comfortable with Christian Ponder. He'll come in and compete and then the coaches will determine if he's even ready to play this year."

With playing time not promised to Bridgewater and a good but not great receiving corps waiting for him even if he does play, Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about his prospects this season. That can change of course if he does do well in training camp and unseats Cassel. Until then, he's only worth drafting with a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and a pick between fifth and 15th overall in rookie-only drafts. 


Vikings GM: We won't trade Christian Ponder


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team won't trade quarterback Christian Ponder. "That would leave us with one quarterback, I will not do that. We're going to need two quarterbacks -- three," Spielman told 1500ESPN.com.

Minnesota recently declined to exercise the 2015 option on Ponder, meaning he'll be a free agent after this season.


Vikes decline to pick up Christian Ponder's option


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) As expected, the Vikings declined to exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder, which would have paid him $9.7 million in 2015. Ponder will be a free agent after this season.

Christian Ponder not sweating future, hopes to rebound


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) If Christian Ponder sees the writing on the wall, he's not letting it get to him. The fourth-year quarterback knows he faces an uphill battle for playing time this summer but is coming into the season with a positive attitude.

Not only have the Vikings re-signed quarterback Matt Cassel but they have not discussed picking up Ponder's fifth-year option. It is not believed they will pick it up since it would cost them over $9 million. 

"Honestly, I'm not thinking about it," Ponder told ESPN. "Plus, the option doesn't really mean much. They can cut me without anything after this year so it doesn't matter."


Vikings 'looking so hard' for a quarterback


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Christian Ponder's presence on the roster does not figure into the Vikings' quarterback plans. "We have to have a quarterback, so we are going to have to find some, and that is why we are out here looking so hard and why we'll continue to look in free agency," new coach Mike Zimmer said, per NFL.com. "We'll find a guy."

Minnesota could select a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick. The Vikes also have met with Matt Cassel in an effort to re-sign the free agent.


Christian Ponder to stick with the Vikings, but ...


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said third-year quarterback Christian Ponder will remain with the team but also "sounded committed" to adding a young quarterback, ESPN reported. The Vikings aren't expected to re-sign quarterback Josh Freeman and fellow signal-caller Matt Cassel exercised an option to become a free agent. 

Ponder hasn't lived up to the expectations of a typical first-round quarterback. In nine games last season Ponder accounted for 11 touchdowns and 13 turnovers and lost his starting spot to Cassel. 


Might be wise for Vikes to keep Christian Ponder


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) The Vikings don't view Christian Ponder as their quarterback of the future, but "even as inconsistent as he's been during his career, it might be wise for the Vikings to keep Ponder," reports the Minneapolis StarTribune. Ponder is the only quarterback on the roster now that Matt Cassel has opted out of his contract.

Minnesota wouldn't clear cap room by getting rid of Ponder. He's owed $3.2 million for 2014, but it's all dead money that will count against the cap regardless, the paper noted. If the Vikings don't bring back Cassel, who will have suitors in free agency, Ponder could serve as the temporary quarterback until the one Minnesota drafts is ready to play, the report said.


Norv Turner: 'We need a good young quarterback'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) New Vikings offensive coordinator said team brass is in agreement that "we need a good, young quarterback," reports KARE-TV. Turner, however, left the door open for Matt Cassel's return after Cassel opted out of his contract this week and called the team's quarterback situation "a process."

Christian Ponder is the only quarterback on the roster. Turner said he's been impressed with Ponder's ability to throw from outside the pocket but added Ponder must limit negative plays.


Report: Vikings expected to explore Christian Ponder trade


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) Quarterback Christian Ponder is under contract for 2014, but "it seems likely the Vikings would try to get what they can for him in a trade," reports ESPN.com. The team's first-round pick in 2011 hasn't panned out.

In nine games last season, Ponder accounted for 11 touchdowns and 13 turnovers and lost his starting spot to Matt Cassel. 


Christian Ponder cleared to return Week 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2013) Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday quarterback Christian Ponder has been cleared to return after sitting out Sunday's game against the Ravens with a concussion. However, Frazier said he hasn't made a decision on who will start at quarterback Week 15 vs. Philadelphia.

Vikings list Week 14 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (concussion), cornerback Josh Robinson (chest), tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot), defensive tackle Chase Baker, guard Jeff Baca, wide receiver Rodney Smith and tackle Mike Remmers were among the team's inactives Week 14 at Baltimore.

Christian Ponder out Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been ruled out Week 14.

Ponder is still dealing with concussion-related symptoms. He was yet to pass the concussion test, and will not be able to practice until he passes the test.