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Christian Ponder and Matt Kalil together forever?

In an interview on NFL Network's "Total Access," Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder said he hasn't stopped smiling since the Vikings drafted left tackle Matt Kalil. He says Kalil is "really athletic" and already doing a great job at OTAs. "Hopefully we have 10-15 years together with the Vikings," Ponder said.
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In an interview on NFL Network's "Total Access," Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder said he hasn't stopped smiling since the Vikings drafted left tackle Matt Kalil. He says Kalil is "really athletic" and already doing a great job at OTAs. "Hopefully we have 10-15 years together with the Vikings," Ponder said.

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