The Minnesota Vikings finished their preseason action undefeated following a 19-3 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. While the game was next to meaningless, it may have held a little weight for one quarterback in particular. The former 12th overall draft pick of the Vikings, Christian Ponder, may have been playing in an audition game.
Ponder has fallen out of favor for the Vikings, mostly for his poor play over the past two years, however there have been a couple decent stretches. With Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater firmly entrenched ahead of him however, Ponder is of little use to the Vikings.
However, the Buffalo Bills are in a much different situation. After drafting E.J. Manuel last season, the Bills find themselves looking for a number two quarterback, and someone who can push the young signal caller. With Thad Lewis and Dennis Dixon flaming out, the Bills may turn to Minnesota.
Damond Talbot, Owner of DraftDiamonds.com, suggests that the Bills could make calls to both New England and Minnesota.
Expect the Bills to put in calls for Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder. Bills are searching for a #2 who can push EJ
— Damond Talbot (@drocksthaparty) August 29, 2014
While Ponder doesn’t project as strong as Ryan Mallet potentially does, Ponder has NFL starting experience already. Also, last season, the San Francisco 49ers traded a 6th round pick for Blaine Gabbert, yes the beleaguered Jaguars quarterback.
If the Bills do in fact call the Vikings, Rick Spielman should offer to throw in a bag of balls if it nets any sort of late round pick for the Vikings. Ponder is on the cut bubble for Minnesota as well, so this situation is worth monitoring.