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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:17:34 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. "Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time," Zimmer said. "We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games."
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:06:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been very happy with QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder heading up to training camp. "We've got a really, really good group," he said, explaining that it won't be hard to parcel out snaps in the apparent three-headed battle. Cassel is expected to be the starter, but Turner has praised Bridgewater for his arm strength and quick learning.
Fantasy Tip: Turner's vertical passing scheme is usually good news for his quarterbacks. However, the vet Cassel is unlikely to be a difference-maker for your fantasy squad as anything more than a midrange QB2. Bridgewater is expected to eventually take this job.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:32:09 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback competition this offseason is a wide open battle between QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will plan on having all three passers see enough snaps in mandatory minicamp to make sure that they all have a "legitimate opportunity" to win the starting job in training camp next month. Zimmer won't rush into a decision, and he made it clear that Cassel won't enter camp as the presumptive starter. Both Cassel and Bridgewater had more snaps than Ponder during organized team activities, and both looked sharper than Ponder.
Fantasy Tip: If the Vikings play it safe, Cassel should be expected to enter Week 1 as the starter. However, Bridgewater is completely capable of winning the starting job, and he'd probably have the most upside immediately of the rookie passers in the league if he's starting. Whoever starts in Minny, though, is a shaky backup QB for your fantasy squad.
Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:44:46 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will likely not be released by the team, but the Vikings may try and trade the quarterback before camp starts. The team recognizes it would get only a late-round draft pick, but it could save $1.8 million just by trading him.
Sun, 25 May 2014 12:04:20 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will all get an opportunity to work with the first-teamers this offseason but the team would like to enter training camp with an established depth chart.
Sun, 25 May 2014 06:18:56 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder dropped 2 percent of his body fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He'll share first-team repetitions in OTAs with QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel.
Mon, 19 May 2014 09:53:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said QB Teddy Bridgewater is currently third on the depth chart behind QBs Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder, but the rookie will see first-team repetitions during organized team activities starting May 28. "(Bridgewater) is throwing the ball good," Zimmer said. "I think he's got a good presence, a good command of the way he's taking things. It was good for him to be out here with the veteran quarterbacks a little bit last week for a few days."
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater has a long way to go if he's to win the starting job for Week 1 of the regular season, but it's entirely possible given the admiration the coaching staff has for him. Heading into his rookie season, though, consider Bridgewater nothing more than a QB3.
Tue, 06 May 2014 14:12:02 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start, with QB Christian Ponder serving as his backup.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel is a QB3 in the deepest of leagues.
Tue, 06 May 2014 14:10:42 -0700
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team could wind up taking a quarterback with their No. 8 pick in the NFL Draft. The Vikings will not be afraid to take a quarterback that early despite QB Christian Ponder's lack of success.
Tue, 06 May 2014 14:04:52 -0700
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has no plans to shop QB Christian Ponder leading up to this week's NFL Draft. "We wouldn't trade Ponder," Spielman said. "... That would leave us one quarterback. I would not do that, we're gonna need two quarterbacks."
Sat, 03 May 2014 06:33:15 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year contract option for QB Christian Ponder.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:30:06 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings haven't exercised, and aren't expected to exercise, the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of QB Christian Ponder. He said Wednesday, April 30, that he has no concern about the outcome, in part because he understands that the option is largely meaningless.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:11:49 -0800
Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews worked with Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:08:21 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings will rely on offensive coordinator Norv Turner to help evaluate their options at quarterback for the upcoming season. Minnesota would like to have a veteran quarterback and a young passer, in addition to QB Christian Ponder.
Fantasy Tip: It is anyone's guess who starts the season for Minnesota this year, but their quarterback position doesn't figure to offer much in the way of fantasy value, regardless of who is running the ship.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:13:08 -0800
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said QB Christian Ponder will return in 2014, but the team still plans on addressing the quarterback position in the offseason.
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 11:42:00 -0800
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said QB Christian Ponder will be given a legitimate shot to win the starting quarterback job. "I've been impressed with Christian and the things he does in terms of his movement," Turner said. "He moves extremely well on the run. He's made a lot of big plays. The starting point with any quarterback to me is eliminating those (bad) plays. That would be one of our starting points." Ponder is currently the only quarterback the Vikings have under contract.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:00:15 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel can void the remaining year of his deal in February. Only QB Christian Ponder is under team control for 2014.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:59:44 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings may look to trade QB Christian Ponder for a late-round draft choice this offseason. The new head coach will determine Ponder's status with the team.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:54:13 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) has been cleared, according to head coach Leslie Fraizer. There has been no determination on who will start in Week 15.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:33:35 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings have declared DL Chase Baker, QB Christian Ponder, OG Jeff Baca, CB Josh Robinson, TE Kyle Rudolph, OT Mike Remmers, WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 14.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:10:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
Fantasy Tip: Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' starting quarterback this week. Owners likely have a better option to use over Cassel.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:56:42 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:14:28 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) has yet to pass the concussion protocol and will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder is probably a long shot to return and play in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. Matt Cassel will likely start with Josh Freeman as the backup. Only run with Cassel in your starting lineup if you're desperate in leagues that start two QBs.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:35:52 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) still isn't cleared to practice, and QB Matt Cassel is likely to start in Week 14.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:08:37 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings are undecided who will start at quarterback in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens as they await word on whether QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be healthy enough to play. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears and threw for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception in an overtime victory. If Ponder isn't cleared to start practicing early in the week, the team could be influenced to go in another direction.
Fantasy Tip: Cassel seems to have a pretty good shot of playing against the Ravens if Ponder isn't ready in time. Both Cassel and Ponder should only be considered if you're playing in a league that requires you to start two QBs.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:43:01 -0800
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) will be evaluated through the rest of the week as he goes through the concussion protocol, according to head coach Leslie Frazier.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:19:01 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (concussion) left the team's Week 13 game in the second quarter with a concussion, and his status for Week 14 is uncertain. QB Matt Cassel replaced Ponder in the game and led the team to an overtime win by throwing for 243 yards. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder will be in consideration for the start next weekend if he's healthy.
Fantasy Tip: Prepare to go with backup options if you were relying on Ponder in a league that starts two quarterbacks. He'll have to pass the league-mandated concussion tests this week in order to be cleared to play.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 11:49:01 -0800
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (head) will not return to the Week 13 game.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 11:26:43 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (head) left the Week 13 game Sunday, Dec. 1, to be evaluated for a possible concussion.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:33:04 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is probable for Week 12.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:48 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder is a weak bench option this weekend against the Green Bay Packers. Only put him in your lineup if you're desperate in leagues where you start two QBs.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:11:16 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:43:18 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said QB Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback Week 12. Frazier said QB Matt Cassel likely will be the No. 2 quarterback, but QB Josh Freeman could also be active for the game.
Fantasy Tip: The Green Bay Packers present a better opportunity for Ponder to succeed, and he's familiar with them, but it's still best to stay away from him unless you're desperate in leagues where you start two QBs.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:06:44 -0800
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson defended QB Christian Ponder after he threw two interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 11 loss. "You can't base it off of last game," Peterson said. "I think he responded well when he came back and helped us get a win against Washington. He went out in that game with a dislocated shoulder, and I'm on the sideline like, 'Hey man, shoot, pop it in and get back in there.' Guys were trying to get him back in there. It's one of those things like when you're doing good everyone is with you, and when you're doing bad they're against you. That's just how it goes, unfortunately."
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:00:34 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was non-committal when asked Sunday, Nov. 17, who his Week 12 quarterback would be against the Green Bay Packers. QB Christian Ponder was terrible in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, so QB Matt Cassel or QB Josh Freeman could get another chance.
Fantasy Tip: This is a situation to avoid in all scenarios.
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:40:15 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is expected to start in the team's Week 11 game.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:58:16 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks, and he's been taking first-team repetitions in practice all week. However, the team won't make a final decision on him until he goes through a walk-through Saturday, Nov. 16. "The way he moved around today, he looked pretty good," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "Hopefully he'll wake up tomorrow without any residual effects."
Fantasy Tip: Ponder shouldn't be a starting option for fantasy football owners. However, it should mean more good things for the value of John Carlson.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:30:52 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he expects QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) to start Week 11 unless he suffers a setback before the game.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:21:19 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 14.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:18:44 -0800
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) took most of the first-team snaps in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, and expects to play in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Leslie Frazier is still unsure if Ponder will start, and he said QB Josh Freeman is a candidate to start if Ponder can't go. "Ponder looked good," said WR Greg Jennings. "He practiced and (was) getting the game plan in and making some throws."
Fantasy Tip: Ponder shouldn't be in any starting lineups this weekend against a ferocious Seahawks defense.
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:50:48 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) is wearing a harness on his left shoulder, but expects he will play in the team's Week 11 game.
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:13:10 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:42:38 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) said his dislocated left shoulder is feeling better, and he expects to return to play in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. "The thing with this injury is, it's not really going to hinder anything," he said. "It's not hindering my throwing motion or anything. It's just going to be taking a hit or something, and we don't have fear that it's going to get worse. It's just being able to handle the pain, and if I can do it, then I'll play." An MRI exam showed that he has no further damage to his arm. Head coach Leslie Frazier wants to see how Ponder performs in practice this week before naming a starter.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder looked the best he has all season before he was hurt in Week 10. Even if he returns this weekend, you should stay away from him, especially while going up against the formidable Seahawks.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:05:49 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) said he hopes to be able to play Week 11, and his status will be determined by how he will be able to handle the pain in his shoulder.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:18:54 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's (shoulder) dislocated left shoulder is of the very minor variety, and sources are saying that it's possible he could return to start in Week 11.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:28:13 -0800
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said he would like to see QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) practice by Thursday, Nov. 14, or Friday, Nov. 15, if he wants a chance to start Week 11.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:27:36 -0800
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) underwent an MRI which revealed a dislocated shoulder but did not show any other issues. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Ponder will not need to undergo any more tests.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:44:51 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) thinks he can be ready to return in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks after dislocating his left shoulder in the team's Week 10 game Thursday, Nov. 7. "My expectations are, I'm going to be back next week," Ponder said. "We've got a great athletic training staff. They're going to do me right. I'm going to do everything I can to be back next Sunday."
Fantasy Tip: That's an optimistic view, but the Vikes will have a long week ahead in order to get Ponder ready. It remains to be seen if that'll happen. Ponder was in the midst of his best game this year, though, so if he somehow is ready to return, it wouldn't be surprise if Minnesota stuck with him. Against the Seahawks, though, whoever is starting for the Vikings shouldn't be an option for your starting QB spot.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 07:19:40 -0800
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) has a dislocated left shoulder. The team isn't sure how long he'll miss.
Fantasy Tip: Matt Cassel and not Josh Freeman replaced him in the game. It'll be interesting to see who they choose to go with.
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:51:37 -0800
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (shoulder) left the team's Week 10 game because of a left shoulder injury and will not return.