Day 13 Vikings training camp: Ponder leads the way


(Photo courtesy of's A.j. Mansour writes that day 13 of Vikings training camp was productive for quarterback Christian Ponder.

As Mansour put it, Ponder led the team with a "fervor that we've never seen from him before."

Is Joe Webb the sixth best wide receiver on a team that might only keep five? ESPN's Kevin Seifert tries to answer that question.

Fellow wide receiver Stephen Burton has put together a very strong camp. Burton told the Pioneer Press why he's playing so much better.

"The speed is helping a lot, especially with being out there and not having to think about the game," he said. "This is my third year. I'm starting to see things a lot faster.

The Star Tribune reports that rookies Shariff Floyd (knee) and Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), and veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop (groin) all practiced.

Defensive coordinator Alan Williams is aware that his players don't really like the rotation on the defensive line, but Williams says it's best for the team.

''They know that at some point they're going to come out of the ball game,'' Williams said, according to Yahoo! Sports. ''That's going to be the best thing for the team, not necessarily the best thing for their number of reps, but we want to make sure that we keep them fresh.''

Watch Williams' full press conference right here.

Toby Gerhart remains in the shadow of Adrian Peterson, but he tells the Pioneer Press that he'll "make a play" if he gets a chance.

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