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.