Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) warms up passing before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings haven’t given up on Christian Ponder quite yet


A few years ago, the Minnesota Vikings thought they might have found their quarterback of the future in Christian Ponder, drafting him 12th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. But throughout his three year career, Ponder has struggled mightily. He’s thrown 34 interceptions to go along with his 38 touchdowns, all while compelling a quarterback rating of just 77.3. In short, he’s not working out.

That’s why when the Vikings had a chance to move up and snatch Teddy Bridgewater late in the first round, they jumped at it. A few months before the draft, Bridgewater, the former Louisville Cardinal, was expected to be a top three to five pick but fell sharply, almost out of the first round. That’s where the Vikings swooped in.

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With the selection of Bridgewater, it would seem Ponder’s days in Minnesota are numbered. The Vikings, however, are still making it clear that this is a competition. They haven’t made a decision on who will start at quarterback this season, and all QBs will get reps during workouts.

While this shows they haven’t completely given up on Ponder, I would be shocked if he’s still in the picture come the start of the season. Bridgewater is too talented, and Ponder has made it clear through his play that he just doesn’t have it.


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  • David

    I really don’t understand what the Vikes even think they are doing keeping him this long, but I really doubt Ponder will make it out of camp. I don’t think he will have trade value either because I think other teams will read through this quarterback “competition” as well & wait for when he’s cut. Ponder will make a good backup somewhere, but he will never be in the running for starter anywhere again.

    • Jack Maloney

      Agreed. He’s had three years to prove he can play, and he just doesn’t have it.