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Ponder’s not sure who he’ll throw to, but he can throw

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Christian Ponder has no idea who he’s throwing to, but at least when the Vikings convene for OTAs, he’ll be able to throw.

Ponder, who missed the playoff loss to the Packers with a right triceps injury that might have looked worse than it was, told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com that his arm was fine now.

It is actually a normal color,” Ponder said. “When I started working out a few weeks ago, I thought it was fine. But I was doing, like, some bench press and stuff and it’s still a little tight.

“I probably had to tear through some scar tissue and stuff. But it feels fine now, throwing last week and everything felt great. So, it’ll be ready to go for OTAs.”

Ponder said he was throwing again, which his inability to do in January led to the regrettable Joe Webb experience.

Now, he’s trying to figure out who he’ll target when he returns to Minnesota, after general manager Rick Spielman traded Percy Harvin and released Michael Jenkins. The only receivers with NFL experience on the roster at the moment are Jerome Simpson, Stephen Burton and Jarius Wright.

“It’d be hard to play if we were only playing with three guys,” Ponder said. “But I’m sure free agency or through the draft or whatever, I don’t know what exactly is going to happen, but we will be bringing in new guys. We trust Rick.”

At least they know that whoever it is, Ponder will be well enough to get it to them.

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41 Responses to “Ponder’s not sure who he’ll throw to, but he can throw”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 11:20 AM

    Tim Tebow thought – A Christian Ponder

  2. ken0west says: Mar 14, 2013 11:21 AM

    “Ponder’s not sure who he’ll throw to, but he can throw”

    My guess is he will throw to whoever is open < 10 yards down field.

  3. bigks77 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:22 AM

    They signed cheech! Throw to him so he can flip over another guy in end zone

  4. vikings28 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    Ponder will be just fine. He made some improvements last year and if he can take another step forward this year, vikings will in some business!!

  5. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    Cue the what difference does it make cracks.

  6. stevent92 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:33 AM

    Final game vs Green Bay – 234 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT. He’s only going into his 3rd year and led Vikings to playoffs his first full year starting. Give the guy a break, he’ll be fine.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:36 AM

    Is that a picture of the owie that kept him out of the playoff loss?

  8. vikesfan320 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    As long as he can throw the 7 yard drag route to Rudolph, then you can say he’s be right back to where he was all last season.

  9. nathan702nelson says: Mar 14, 2013 11:37 AM

    Like I said about Harvin and his migraines, anyone that has actually watched Ponder play already know he has the raw talent and potential, just needs to learn more. Anyone that says Ponder sucks is just following a fad.

  10. ilikeniceteeth says: Mar 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    Insert typical Ponder can’t throw joke here. Will people get off his case already?? He CAN throw the ball deep just watch some of his youtube highlights. Everyone is impressed with a big arm but how often do you throw the ball longer than 30 yards in a game anyway? Just a few. If he has a bad year he most likely wont be on the Vikes after so might as well support him while he’s in MN.

  11. eoneil32 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:48 AM

    I’d rather have Kolb then Ponder. No but seriously I would rather have Michigan State alum Drew Stanton over Ponder

  12. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2013 11:50 AM

    He couldn’t throw the ball with any velocity the day he entered the draft. Why the Vikings wasted the #12 overall pick on him when he would have been available in the 2nd or maybe even the 3rd round gives you some indication of the intelligence (or lack thereof) of the Vikings.

    The longer the Vikings prolong the Christian Ponder experiment, the better it is for the other 31 teams.

  13. rpiotr01 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:51 AM

    Good lord willing, he’ll be throwing wobblers and wounded ducks to Greg Jennings for the next 3 years.

  14. sadviking says: Mar 14, 2013 11:52 AM

    I’m thinking a year without being constantly harassed by his best (and only) receiver will probably help his confidence – you know, the confidence he lost behind that horrible offensive line two years ago.

  15. conner87 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:57 AM

    Lions fan here… I really like Ponder he has talent. It doesn’t help him when everyone bashes him 24/7. He may not have the strongest arm but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a good NFL QB. I think in the next year or 2 he will really start to play well.

  16. lightcleric says: Mar 14, 2013 12:07 PM

    Can’t blame them for keeping him out. If they had kept him in and he really injured it we’d all be screaming at the Vikings like we (rightfully) screamed at the Redskins.

  17. bobby2478 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:10 PM

    Will be hard to accurately judge his performance, and whether he was able to grow this year, if all he has to throw to is our current rag-tag group of receiving options.

    Would be unfair to judge Ponder, Musgrave and Frazier’s effectiveness at doing their jobs this year without ANY proven WR option on the team. They need to pick up Jennings, or even bring back Jenkins as a good posession receiver. For unproven options they have the draft, and could also go after Jon Baldwin from KC (who could be cut, or had for cheap). Could also keep an eye on Lloyd from NE, who could also be cut.

  18. deck28 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:10 PM

    Yes he had a few bad games last year but name one second year quarterback in his first full year starting who hasn’t. As stevent92 commented above he lead them to 5-2 finish almost beating GB twice, splitting with Chicago, and beating Houston. Two teams looking for a first round bye. He’s far from great but anyone who says he sucks is just simply an idiot.

    By the way who was throwing the ball to Percy when he was a mid season MVP candidate? How quickly he forgot. 5-4 with Percy, 5-2 without. Plus his two best games last year in terms of receptions, both losses. He is an exciting player no doubt, but not the game changer everyone makes him out to be. He is a slot receiver, a utility player, who may return a kickoff for a touchdown now and then, not your #1 WR and that is what Minnesota is missing. Wright proved he can fill the slot role left by Harvin.

  19. purpleguy says: Mar 14, 2013 12:11 PM

    Those who harp on Ponder’s arm strength must not pay much attention to his games — that’s not the problem — it’s accuracy in large part caused by poor footwork. He improves that, he has a chance.

  20. tjstyles says: Mar 14, 2013 12:14 PM

    I think some of the people who are quoting his stats and talking about his YouTube highlights have only seen his stats and his YouTube highlights. Those don’t tell the real story with Ponder.

    I am assuming that the YouTube highlights have that long ball to Jenkins two seasons ago; the one where Jenkins was a good 3 steps ahead of the defender and had to slow down so much for the ridiculously under-thrown ball that the defender had him wrapped up before he could get possession. Then there was a deep ball to Harvin in the end zone that was under-thrown by about 2 yards, but Harvin managed to make the catch. When he tries to compensate, he ends up over-throwing the guys instead.

    Ponder is a smart QB, and usually makes good decisions on the field. He showed at the start and end of the season that when he has confidence, he can be the game manager that the Vikings want him to be. But, his arm is a big weakness, and it’s not something he can “learn” his way out of. We need a guy like Fitzgerald, Johnson or Moss who can run down an errant pass (maybe Jennings?), so that Ponder doesn’t HAVE to be so accurate down field.

  21. aithegreek says: Mar 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    how can anybody judge on what ponder had done thus far… his first year gets put in without having training camp and ota’s not to mention he had no one to throw to besides harvin and a rookie tight end…ponders stats for his first year were not at all bad considering. 13 tds 13 int. ponders 2nd year still no help with recievers again with only harvin and tight end rudolph… harvin for only 9 games…he improved in every facet of the game more tds 18 less ints 12 and comp. % from 54 to 62..rating from 70 to 81…he is only entering his third year! get him some help….oh ya he made the playoffs in his second year with 10 wins…peterson had most to do with that but he was there last year also…team didnt change on offense…ponder has shown flashes of being a good qb also has shown he is very young and makes mistakes e.i footwork and pocket presence….lastly remember he is in his third year…check out qbs like drew brees matt ryan eli manning joe flacco matt schaub all struggled at first until their respected teams built around them and they all got better. until ponder regresses all the haters need to pipe down

  22. arrowdead says: Mar 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    They should just draft 2 RB’s in the first 4 rounds and be the best running team in the history of the NFL then CP only needs 3 WR’s….but that wont sell PSL or season tix for the new stadium…..

  23. steelerben says: Mar 14, 2013 12:35 PM

    One thing Ponder can definitely throw is his current roster of receivers under the bus.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:41 PM

    Posted by Darin Gantt on March 14, 2013, 11:18 AM

    “Christian Ponder has no idea who he’s throwing to….”

    The guys wearing purple might be a good start.

  25. realvikesfanintx says: Mar 14, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jennings is married with 4 kids…..if you were his wife where would you rather shop? Green Bay or Minneapolis?

    Sorry Pack fan, he’s going to be a Viking.

  26. sgmjerry220 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:08 PM

    All the Ponder bashers, and every other pundit who believes they can judge NFL talent. Weak arm/No arm; accurate/inaccurate; footwork/lack of footwork, on and on it goes. But you overlook the most important thing…wins 10-6. Let us look at the draft class he was drafted in.
    1. Cam Newton – Better WRs, a very good running game. yet No winning season, no playoffs.
    8. Jake Locker – Better WRs, very good running game. No winning seasons, no playoffs
    10. Blaine Gabbbert – Need I say any more. Comparable situations.
    2nd Round Andy Dalton – Two winning seasons, two playoff appearances. Better WR, decent running game, great defense.

    As an added bonus, Ponder got his 10 wins in a division a that had 3 temas win at least 10 games.

    So to all of you ex-NFL QBs out there, maybe you should spend less of your time typing mndless BS online and more time paying attention to win-loss records.

  27. contra74 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:27 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:Mar 14, 2013 11:36 AM

    Is that a picture of the owie that kept him out of the playoff loss?
    —-
    No its the picture of the arm of a 2nd year QB who dropped 234 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT on your “Defense” during the last game of the season.

  28. myhornispurple says: Mar 14, 2013 1:37 PM

    Ponder seems like a wimp. I don’t understand why they value him over a tough guy like Harvin? He seems like he’s dumb too.

  29. tjstyles says: Mar 14, 2013 1:58 PM

    @myhornispurple: I am not the biggest fan of Ponder and I am really frustrated to see Harvin go (even though we got a decent haul for him and that contract he got was more than I think we should have paid him), but you are way off base with your comments. Two things that Ponder is not is a wimp or dumb.

    Ponder played several games through injury last season. He took a lot of big hits and just hopped back up and went back at it. He runs a lot, and is still learning when to slide, and because of that, he has been rocked quite a few times. He only missed on game due to injury over two seasons. That says a lot.

    As for the “dumb” comment, he has his MBA in finance after 2.5 years with a 3.73 GPA. He is CURRENTLY working on his second degree. Calling Ponder “dumb” is just plain “ignorant”.

  30. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2013 1:58 PM

    For all the Viking fans supporting Ponder, consider this. Of all Qb’s, Ponder ranked 24th in the QB rating. I will grant you that the QB rating system is somewhat flawed but only 12 teams made the playoffs last year. So if you were one of the 12 and your QB was ranked 24th, doesn’t it seem logical that your team could achieve more with improved play at the most important position?

  31. purplehaze12 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:09 PM

    Some of his best passes were handoffs to AP.

  32. macpsgt says: Mar 14, 2013 2:20 PM

    Yes I understand we have a functional Tight-End in K.R. however, Matt Spaeth (recently released from Chicago) would be a functional addition to this offense, considering it’s run-first approach. Especially if we lose our FB… Let’s face it – we aren’t spending a ton of money on FA’s – and Spaeth fits in well with our schemes. As a bonus, he is an impossible target to miss, even for Ponder.

  33. brewdogg says: Mar 14, 2013 2:31 PM

    whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2013 1:58 PM

    For all the Viking fans supporting Ponder, consider this. Of all Qb’s, Ponder ranked 24th in the QB rating. I will grant you that the QB rating system is somewhat flawed but only 12 teams made the playoffs last year. So if you were one of the 12 and your QB was ranked 24th, doesn’t it seem logical that your team could achieve more with improved play at the most important position?
    ———————————

    Actually, Vick was 24th. Ponder was 21st, just a hair behind Cutler, and ahead of Stafford, Luck, and Locker, amongst others. In ESPN’s new total QBR, he was 17th, ahead of Cutler, Flacco, Rivers, Dalton, Bradford, Palmer, etc.

    Ball’s back to you now.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Posted by Darin Gantt on March 14, 2013, 11:18 AM

    “Christian Ponder has no idea who he’s throwing to….”

    Chances are that it’ll be Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Peanut Tillman, Tim Jennings, Lance Briggs, Clay Mathews and some guy up in Section D, row 32.

  35. aithegreek says: Mar 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    filthymcnasty1 is just an idiot…anytime this guy posts anything its just plain verbal diarrhea

  36. deltaoracle says: Mar 14, 2013 3:53 PM

    Just his third year as a starter and has already won as many Super Bowls for Mini as Tarkenton, Moon, Culpepper, and Favre – COMBINED! I for one think that is impressive.

  37. kmartin173 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:15 PM

    Bad-mouth him all you want, at least he showed up for his play-in game and led his team to the playoffs. Compare that to Romo.

  38. banlarson says: Mar 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    Question, Ponder got his boo boo bruise in early January and he’s just starting to work out NOW? The dedication is mind blowing. No wonder Harvin said he was looking forward to working out with a QB who was dedicated like it was a big change. Someone should tell Ponder he’s in the NFL and its a year round job. Maybe start figuring out how to lead a receiver or hit him in the hands for a change.

  39. wdnemesis says: Mar 14, 2013 6:13 PM

    We are forgetting about kyle Rudolph he is a pro bowl tight end that can be a receiver just as easily.

  40. nawlinssaints1956 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:20 PM

    I watched most of his games, so I will say it: Ponder sucks. He has little to no accuracy past 15 – 20 yards. His one competent lifeline, Harvin, is gone. I know that J. Wright picked up some of the slack, but there was virtually no downfield passing. In those last 7 games Ponder had 118 completions out of 199 attempts for 1129 yards. That’s 9.6 yards per completion. Against the Bears in week 12 he was 22 of 43 for 159 yards. Sorry, those are not impressive numbers…

  41. brewdogg says: Mar 15, 2013 12:18 PM

    nawlinssaints1956 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:20 PM

    I watched most of his games, so I will say it: Ponder sucks. He has little to no accuracy past 15 – 20 yards. His one competent lifeline, Harvin, is gone. I know that J. Wright picked up some of the slack, but there was virtually no downfield passing. In those last 7 games Ponder had 118 completions out of 199 attempts for 1129 yards. That’s 9.6 yards per completion. Against the Bears in week 12 he was 22 of 43 for 159 yards. Sorry, those are not impressive numbers…
    —————————————–

    For the most part, I can’t disagree with your conclusions, although the visual part of player criticism is always open to liberal interpretation, so that I will leave alone. But consider this: what were his midfield and deep options? Simpson was…..disappointing. Jenkins and Aromashodu are marginal options who are best as third or fourth options. Harvin is not a good route runner, so the best way to utilize him is to get him the ball fast and let him do the work. I am still reserving judgement until the vikings can get some decent receivers that can get open downfield. MAYBE Wright becomes a viable option with regular work in the slot. MAYBE Childs comes back and starts to make good on the promise he showed in college in 2011. MAYBE the Vikings land Cruz or Jennings or someone that is actually accomplished at getting open. MAYBE the WR that they use a 1st on will be starter-caliber. If two or more of these maybes come to fruition and we yearn for Mcnabb to return, than we know for sure. Until then….let the boy play.

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