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Christian Ponder gets extra attention from Bengals on Pro Day


Carson Palmer is on the way out of Cincinnati; the only question is whether it will be this year or next year.

Either way, the Bengals need to find a new young quarterback for offensive coordinator Jay Gruden’s West Coast offense.  On Wednesday, coach Marvin Lewis and Gruden were in attendance at Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder’s Pro Day.   (So was Isaac Bruce of all people, catching passes.)  Lewis was the only head coach there.

Ponder is seen as a rising player in the draft, and best fits West Coast teams like the Bengals or Seahawks.  Ponder’s former coach Jimbo Fisher says Ponder’s arm looks “like it was as a junior” before injuries struck.   Gruden agrees.

“With Christian, especially with the issues he had with his arm and his elbow, we just want to see that he’s spinning it and that he’s been working,” Gruden said via the Tallahassee Democrat. “You want to see what kind of velocity he has on the ball and his accuracy”

Mike Mayock said Wednesday Ponder showed off  “more than adequate arm strength” and “did really well” at the session.  Ponder said he has nine private workouts scheduled.

At this point, the Bengals may have to trade up from their second round pick if the want to land Ponder.

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8 Responses to “Christian Ponder gets extra attention from Bengals on Pro Day”
  1. skoobyfl says: Mar 17, 2011 8:24 AM

    I’m sure their Pondering taking him.

  2. oldbyrd says: Mar 17, 2011 8:51 AM

    The elbow will always be a problem.

  3. packersrule12 says: Mar 17, 2011 8:57 AM

    Marvin Lewis still has a job?

  4. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 17, 2011 9:09 AM

    Had he known the Bungles were watching, he would have whiffed a little more often.

  5. spungy says: Mar 17, 2011 9:10 AM

    Well, if they take him they should give him #9. That way people can just change the “alm” to “ond” on their jerseys. Think of all the duck tape we could save!

  6. hotep999 says: Mar 17, 2011 10:21 AM


  7. pftdabomb says: Mar 17, 2011 10:33 AM

    I like the thought of trading the 4th pick to get something later in the 1st to land one of the other QBs not named Newton (or even Newton if he is still available late. I just don’t like him at 4). It will also be easier to sign a later 1st round pick at QB then one in the Top 10, which will be better with the current labor issues. Maybe CP9 will stick around 1 more year to tutor who ever they get in return for a trade to somewhere he wants to go?

  8. cdwains says: Mar 17, 2011 11:28 AM

    No way I am trading up to get him, I sit back and wait for him to fall to me in the second, or I just move on. Besides Bengals aren’t known for moving around in the draft.

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