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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."
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."
Ponder practices, questionable for Sunday
Rookie Viking quarterback Christian Ponder returned to practice Friday after nursing a bruised hip. The Pioneer Press reports he was throwing passes alongside backups Joe Webb and Sage Rosenfels. He and Adrian Peterson are listed as questionable for Sunday.
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.
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 'doing great' after concussion, still the No. 1 quarterback
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier says Christian Ponder is still the team's No. 1 quarterback, despite a disastrous past three weeks. Meanwhile, head trainer Eric Sugarman says Ponder was "doing great" Monday after suffering a concussion in Saturday's win over Washington.
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