Christian Ponder joined the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and said Rick Spielman assured him the Vikings wouldn't be selecting a quarterback with pick No. 3 in next April's draft. Ponder says there will be "a lot of changes" between now and the draft.
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Vikings: No QB competition for Ponder
Leslie Frazier announced Thursday that Christian Ponder is the Vikings starting quarterback. It isn't breaking news, but it takes pressure off the second-year QB. Ponder says the game has "really slowed down" since last year. Frazier agrees, saying Ponder's "decision-making has gotten a lot better."
Vikings dedicated to Ponder ... mostly
"I know we're very confident in Christian, but if one of those quarterbacks is too good to pass up, you also have to weight that in, too," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said, referring to some of the high-quality quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft.
Is Ponder out of Luck?
Fox Sports North's Bob Sansevere says if the Vikings lose out and earn the first overall pick in April's NFL draft they should take quarterback Andrew Luck. The Stanford stud is the consensus top-pick and would likely usurp Christian Ponder if he were drafted by Minnesota.
Ponder says Harvin 'ready to go' for Vikings training camp
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder appears to have the inside track on what's going on with his disgruntled teammate, Percy Harvin. Ponder told the Pioneer Press Saturday that he's been in touch with Harvin through texts. Ponder said while he's never brought up Harvin's problems with the organization, he knows the wide receiver is preparing for this week's training camp and is "ready to go."
Vikes have seen QB controversy before
The battle between Christian Ponder and Joe Webb will likely rage on until the start of next season. But quarterback controversies are nothing new to Minnesota. Ex-Viking quarterbacks Jeff George, Randall Cunningham, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Warren Moon and Tommy Kramer have all been involved in controversies of their own.
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