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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:31:36 -0700
Oakland Raiders QB Christian Ponder agreed on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, with $1.5 million guaranteed. He'll be reunited with former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. Musgrave may believe that Ponder has a chance to start over QB Derek Carr.
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:35:12 -0700
Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Vikings) has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:29:38 -0700
Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Vikings) is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:21:52 -0700
Free-agent QB Christian Ponder is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders Friday, March 13, according to sources.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:02:08 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder completed 22 of his 44 pass attempts and threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in the team's Week 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He rushed three times for 15 yards and a touchdown and was sacked six times.
Fantasy Tip: Ponder started in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater and looked horrible in an ugly loss. Ponder's performance should ensure that Bridgewater will start for the remainder of the season as soon as he is healthy enough to play.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:33:53 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Green Bay Packers. QB Christian Ponder will start in his place.
Fantasy Tip: It's best to stay away from Ponder tonight considering it's his first start of the season, though, his FantasyScore price is extremely cheap at $3,700.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:11:27 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is expected to start in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2, with QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) a game-time decision.
Fantasy Tip: Obviously, you'll want to keep Bridgewater out of all of your daily lineups this week. Ponder will be cheap at FantasyScore, but you should look elsewhere.
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:25:07 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is looking unlikely to play Thursday, Oct. 2, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The signs are pointing to QB Christian Ponder starting against the Green Bay Packers.
Fantasy Tip: Neither Bridgewater ($4,500; 9% of your cap) or Ponder are good starts this week on FantasyScore.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:13:36 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is feeling "much better" Tuesday, Sept. 30, and head coach Mike Zimmer remains hopeful that Bridgewater can play in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2. If Bridgewater is going to throw and push off his left foot, he'll likely do so during a walk-through Wednesday, Oct. 1. QB Christian Ponder would make his first start of the year if Bridgewater doesn't play.
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater is cheap again at FantasyScore ($4,800; 9.6% of cap), but he's not a wise selection for your roster if he's not 100 percent during a short week.
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:06:19 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.
Fantasy Tip: The team hopes Bridgewater will be able to play, but Ponder would get the start if Bridgewater sits out. Ponder should not be a starting option in any league and the team's wide receivers probably would lose some fantasy value if Ponder starts.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:19:38 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) left the Week 4 game in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons due to a left ankle injury. The team took him to the locker room on a cart. QB Christian Ponder replaced him.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:38:40 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Brandon Watts, WR Charles X. Johnson, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton, CB Shaun Prater inactive for Week 3.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:39:46 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, LB Brandon Watts, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, LB Michael Mauti, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton inactive for Week 2.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 08:32:01 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Brandon Watts, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, TE MarQueis Gray, LB Michael Mauti, CB Shaun Prater, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 1.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:22:02 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:30:28 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder said he has not requested a trade and believes remaining in Minnesota is beneficial to his development. Ponder is expected to remain with the Vikings, at least for the time being.
National Football Post writer Aaron Wilson speculates Ponder could land with the San Francisco 49ers
, considering how poorly 49ers
QB Blaine Gabbert
has played this preseason.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:33:32 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.
Fantasy Tip: Bridgewater is likely to sit behind Matt Cassel for a while and doesn't have much value in single-year leagues.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:43:27 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:58:23 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade QB Christian Ponder. Ponder has performed well during training camp but probably will be the No. 3 quarterback.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:12:46 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.
Fantasy Tip: It appears Cassel is the leading candidate for the starting job at this point but all three are still options for the job. Cassel likely would be a desperation matchup play if he wins the starting job. Bridgewater and Ponder likely would not have much fantasy value even if they win the job.
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.