Ponder: 'I need to show improvement'

Christian Ponder wasn't surprised when he was taken out of last Sunday's game in Detroit. The rookie quarterback admits he needs to "show improvement" and "do a better job of holding onto the ball." Ponder's counterpart this week, Drew Brees, says young players "got to face adversity."
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Christian Ponder wasn't surprised when he was taken out of last Sunday's game in Detroit. The rookie quarterback admits he needs to "show improvement" and "do a better job of holding onto the ball." Ponder's counterpart this week, Drew Brees, says young players "got to face adversity."

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