Broncos drop Christian Ponder

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When the Broncos signed quarterback Christian Ponder last month, word was that he’d spend a couple of weeks learning the offense before the team considered elevating him to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.

That won’t be happening. The Broncos announced Tuesday that they have released Ponder, who never saw any action for the Broncos in his two weeks on the team. That leaves rookie Trevor Siemian as Brock Osweiler’s backup while Peyton Manning continues working out in hopes of returning to active duty this season.

Ponder last played for the Vikings last season, seeing action in two games and making one start. He was with the Raiders through the preseason, but didn’t make the cut to 53 players.

The Broncos didn’t announce an immediate replacement for Ponder on the roster, but it seems a good bet that they’ll be looking for some safety help with T.J. Ward, David Bruton and Omar Bolden all dealing with injuries.

33 responses to “Broncos drop Christian Ponder

  1. Christian Ponder is a really talented guy but I never felt like he had the toughness to make it as an NFL QB. When you saw him throwing before a Vikings game he would be throwing perfect spirals and deep bombs on the money.

    Too bad he curled up into the fetal position every time the ball was snapped.

  2. This is a bit of a shame. Ponder has always seemed like a really decent guy and I thought it was cool that he got to join the team he rooted for as a boy (Denver).

    For the life of me I cannot understand why these days, teams seem to think that a quarterback drafted in the first round must start right away. It never used to be that way, and first-round signal callers succeeded at a much greater rate than they do now.

    How many guys have been ruined by being thrown to the wolves right off the bat and having their confidence destroyed? What would have happened if those guys had been allowed to learn and develop before seeing game action?

    In the three years that Aaron Rodgers sat behind Favre, Rodgers’ mechanics were completely overhauled. Rodgers credits Favre for teaching him a LOT about footwork and throwing the football. Had Rodgers been dumped into game action from day one, he may have ended up as “just another first-round bust.”

  3. Laugh and Comment all you want, but this guy had a great view of an NFL Games for 2 weeks and made more than all of us do in a year. He got paid about $312K for 13 days. Not a bad gig.

  4. I can’t believe he doesn’t have a job. He isn’t starting caliber material, but he is better than most #2’s and probably every #3 in the league right now.

  5. Let’s hope Big Bro Manning enjoys his new “backup” role until January, when he hits the open market again — with Drew Brees?

  6. I had one of those moments when the guy you’ve made fun of since he began his NFL career ends up going to your team. But then I had another one of those moments where the guy you’ve made fun of since he began his NFL career gets cut from your team. *sigh* of relief.

    Joking aside, this speaks volumes about Trevor Siemian.

  7. “When did the Broncos change their helmets and uniforms?”

    Even odder is the SD Chargers going to powder blue. The very color of the old Denver Broncos. Hmmm

  8. icallbs81 says:
    Dec 8, 2015 5:36 PM

    Ponder does get to come home to his stunning wife..
    —-

    About to say the same thing.

  9. Frankly I surprised the Bronco’s signed Ponder in the first place. He can’t play Qb and while there might be some doubt that was because he played for the Vikings, subsequent training camps proved otherwise.

    So not only is Ponder a bust, he was a huge bust given the Vikings took him at #12 overall when most other teams had a 4th round grade on him. That Speilman really is a genius.

  10. what were the Vikings thinking when they took Ponder in the 1st round? some of the guys behind the scenes were probably doing hardcore drugs. thats the only explanation. at least Ponder made a decent amount of money.

  11. Looks like Ponder, a former 1st round draft pick, can’t even make it as a backup, or even an emergency backup.

    Ouch.

    Probably the last we see of Ponder on an NFL roster.

  12. They picked up some undrafted OL that Chicago just waived. I think that was a mistake. Ponder is just as good if not better than Osweiler. Maybe that’s why they waived him. They did not want more QB distractions

  13. firerogergoodell says:
    Dec 8, 2015 4:38 PM

    Christian Ponder is a really talented guy but I never felt like he had the toughness to make it as an NFL QB. When you saw him throwing before a Vikings game he would be throwing perfect spirals and deep bombs on the money.

    Too bad he curled up into the fetal position every time the ball was snapped.
    ===========================================You would too sitting behind THAT Offensive Line, But I have been taking heat since last Pre-Season saying Bridgewater was a joke! I mean BAD, I even had personal threats on my Facebook page from crazy fans!!!
    Of the two I’d rather have Ponder. I still think if he spends a couple years in the CFL, he will be a decent QB, even if it is a Backup, the guy has a cannon and can run with the best.. Unfortunately he was running for his life with the Vikings!
    Rick Spielman needs to get his head out of his A*s
    and spend over a 5th round pick on his O Line.
    I know Zimm wanted to fix that horrible D, but Teddy,Norv and Scotty Turner need to be on the next Train OUT of Minnesota.
    I just have to admit what a train Wreck that Franchise is! the only difference between them and
    the Browns is Minny will put together a halfway decent enough season to get beat in their Wildcard game! Hate to love them, er’ love to hate them…

  14. Hey guess who is leading the NFL right now in passer rating? Andy Dalton…. taken after Ponder, Gabbert and Locker… also Newton but at least he runs better and is undefeated so that will still need to be seen which was the better QB from that draft.

  15. “They picked up some undrafted OL that Chicago just waived. I think that was a mistake. Ponder is just as good if not better than Osweiler. Maybe that’s why they waived him. They did not want more QB distractions”

    The undrafted OL from Chicago was a practice squad move. They released one and added another.

    Currently, Denver has 52 men on their roster. So they are obviously looking for a safety to get a little depth behind our banged up secondary. Ward is out, Bruton and Bolden are hurt.

    I’m not even going to acknowledge your comparison to Osweiler. You’re criminally insane.

  16. Jets’ll pick him up. Hopefully Andy Reid/KC will see the potential in Geno Smith and grab him up before the Saints do [dont’t expect to see Payton/Brees back in Gnawlins in 2016].

  17. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 8, 2015 5:05 PM

    For the life of me I cannot understand why these days, teams seem to think that a quarterback drafted in the first round must start right away. It never used to be that way, and first-round signal callers succeeded at a much greater rate than they do now.

    ————–

    I always think of Tim Couch when this argument comes up. First overall pick by a terrible team, thrown to wolves and eaten alive. After Cleveland, he was so gun shy it was painful to watch.

    All that money is a nice consolation prize, but who wants “bust” following them their whole lives.

    It’s a brutal game.

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