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Ponder: 'I'm going in to take the starting job'

Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:57 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Last we left Vikings first-round draft pick Christian Ponder, he was discussing the possibility of working out with teammates Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

Which is precisely what he needs to do if he wants to end up starting the first week of the season (whenever that is). Which, as he said during an "NFL Rookie Roundtable" on the NFL Network, is exactly what he wants to do.

"My view is that I was picked No. 12, they believe in me, and I believe in myself," Ponder said. ”From that time I got picked, my mindset was I’m going in to take the starting job.

"I have to earn it first, but my mindset is I’m going in and hopefully starting from Day 1."

Ponder, out of all the quarterbacks taken during the first two rounds of the draft -- and there were a lot of them! -- has the best shot to be the starter from the get-go.

The Vikings don't have an incumbent starter, they have a team that can compete right now, and Ponder's considered by many folks to be the most "NFL ready" rookie that was drafted during the 2011 NFL Draft.
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It still seems all but a given that the Vikings will target a veteran signal caller once the lockout ends, but if Ponder's working hard with his teammates and getting a grasp on the playbook, it's not necessarily a given that this veteran will have too big a head start on the former Seminole.

The type of veteran that the Vikings target might be the most indicative of whether or not they believe Ponder can kick off the season as the starter -- if Minnesota goes after a Donovan McNabb or a Matt Hasselbeck or a Kyle Orton, they probably expect Ponder to sit and learn. If they target, say, a Billy Volek or Jim Sorgi, Ponder better be ready to start rolling without training wheels.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Ponder: 'I'm going in to take the starting job'

We'll sincerely hope doing this just disappears altogether extensively. Ordering explained the fact that, could have to have the Vikings to get started on out achieving plus i loathe the most possibly.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:47 am
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Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Ponder: 'I'm going in to take the starting job'

He most likely won't start week 1 when the Vikings sign some old white guy to QB the first few games.  When whatever veteran we sign sucks, they'll throw Ponder into the fire.



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Ponder: 'I'm going in to take the starting job'

For someone who is suppose to be one of the smartest and humblest players in the recent draft Ponder sure does not act so smart nor humble. Already, he is mouthing off about being named the starter from Day 1. When John Beck said that he is the annointed starter of the Red Skins he said that having a few years experience in the NFL and the fact that he played in the same offensive system the previous year (last year). Ponder is a college QB transitioning to the pros and to make matters worst...he is coming from a "gimmicky" offense. Ponder best cool his jets and just say "although I'm not expected to start from Day 1 I will work hard to adjust to playing in the NFL and I will do whatever the Vikings ask of me. I'm a team player and if I have to sit on the bench for a few years like Aaron Rodgers I will do it humbly and without reservation. I just want to soak up knowledge from the great Brett Favre. Oh wait.....maybe I shouldn't have said that".
Wow you're stupid. First and foremost, ANY quarterback should have his designs set on growing and evolving to be the #1 for their team. If my quarterback was just willing to sit, watch, and get a paycheck, I'd be wanting his ass booted off of my team. You'd think the viqueefs fans would be happy they have a confident passer waiting to take over, and who WANTS to take over. Secondly, he's confident. He's got that swagger that a star #1 QB should have. Which nobody else in Minniehaha does. Of all the QB's in g@y purple, he's the only talented one.

Now, quit being the biggest idiot on the boards, and go watch basketball or something that takes no active brain cells.




Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Ponder: 'I'm going in to take the starting job'

But you have to look at it this way, with Joe Webb and Rhett Bohmar on the roster if he doesn't win the job that would be more surprising.  However, this Vikings team can win now, they do need to bring in a QB though because they have a lot of pieces in place, make a play for McNabb or even Bulger, any vet with a pulse can have this team in playoff contention, guys named Webb, Ponder and Bohmar won't.  I played JV QB for a year and I would be confident going into camp if those guys were my competition, i'm just saying, the Vikes need to plug in McNabb and they will be fine!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Ponder: 'I'm going in to take the starting job'

For someone who is suppose to be one of the smartest and humblest players in the recent draft Ponder sure does not act so smart nor humble. Already, he is mouthing off about being named the starter from Day 1. When John Beck said that he is the annointed starter of the Red Skins he said that having a few years experience in the NFL and the fact that he played in the same offensive system the previous year (last year). Ponder is a college QB transitioning to the pros and to make matters worst...he is coming from a "gimmicky" offense. Ponder best cool his jets and just say "although I'm not expected to start from Day 1 I will work hard to adjust to playing in the NFL and I will do whatever the Vikings ask of me. I'm a team player and if I have to sit on the bench for a few years like Aaron Rodgers I will do it humbly and without reservation. I just want to soak up knowledge from the great Brett Favre. Oh wait.....maybe I shouldn't have said that".


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