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Vikings QB Christian Ponder on the draft: 'This is my team'

Post by Mothman » Fri May 04, 2012 5:26 am

Here's a link to an encouraging article about Ponder:

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20 ... ian-ponder
Imposing his will on the quarterback job as a rookie was difficult, Ponder said, because he wasn't yet established. Though the Vikings still have a strong veteran presence in the locker room, Ponder now tries to make his presence felt, even with subtle gestures such as organizing extra throwing sessions.

"We throw every day," Ponder said. "Even on off days, I make myself available if guys want to come in and get extra work. Today we're doing film, then we work out in the weight room and do our running, and we all throw afterwards. Everyone's out there. Once the new guys get here, they'll be a part of it, too."

Throwing to Simpson is one of Ponder's favorite parts of the day. Apparently Simpson, who had 50 catches for 725 yards last season for Cincinnati but will serve a three-game suspension after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge, gets underneath everything Ponder throws.

"I was throwing post routes and trying to overthrow him and I couldn't," Ponder said. "The guy is so fast. He's so athletic. I think he's going to be a great asset to our X position. And he's a great guy. I've been hanging out with him. He's real down to earth and so athletic."

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Post by mansquatch » Fri May 04, 2012 8:26 am

At the end of the day it is all about what he does on the field, but you just have to like the way this guy handles himself. In some ways he reminds me of Steve Young. Good stuff.
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Post by losperros » Fri May 04, 2012 9:12 am

I have hopes that Ponder will improve greatly and become a winner for the Vikings. But I guess I'm concerned about the OL, even with the addition of Kalil. Will it be ready to improve next season or is it still a work in progress that needs another season or two before it clicks?

Anyway, back to the article, I'm intrigued by Ponder's comments about Simpson's speed. Add Harvin and Wright to the mix and the Vikings now have some ultra fast WRs for Ponder. With Harvin and Wright, they don't always have to go deep either. Both those guys are capable of turning a 5 yard catch into a 50 yard gain, if the Vikings are willing to do more slants and quick hit passing.

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Post by Mothman » Fri May 04, 2012 9:14 am

mansquatch wrote:At the end of the day it is all about what he does on the field, but you just have to like the way this guy handles himself. In some ways he reminds me of Steve Young. Good stuff.

As you said, it's all about what he does on the field but I find it very reassuring that he's throwing every day and encouraging his receivers to work with him. That's an opportunity he didn't have last offseason and If he can use the spring and summer to develop some chemistry with his targets, that could really help him take a step forward. I still expect to see growing pains but I think he's capable of throwing 25 TDs this season. If he can do that and keep the INTs to half that number or less, that will be a great sign for the future!

We'll see...

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Post by MrPurplenGold » Fri May 04, 2012 9:36 am

He's definitely doing and saying all the right things. I think last year he answered any questions about his arm strength and now he's answering any questions about his leadership and work ethic, though I never really think they were in question. Now he just has to put it all together. His problem last year was reading defenses and leaving the pocket too soon. I think improved line play will help him with the latter and hopefully film study, good coaching and an upgraded WR Corps will help him with the first. I think he has all the makings to be a "franchise" QB though I doubt he'll ever be a Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady type QB, I don't see why he can't be a Matt Ryan type QB.

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Post by mansquatch » Fri May 04, 2012 10:00 am

Tom Brady may have won the SB in 2001, but he wasn't the QB he is today in 2001. We just do not know if Ponder can or cannot be that great. HE needs time to show he can achieve that level. This is different than TJack who has been in the league for what 5 years? We know what his ceiling is. We do not yet know Ponders.

I recall last year when there was a lapse in the lockout for 24 hours and Ponder took the opportunity to get the playbook from Musgrave. (still in its infancy) He then tried to get guys together on their own to work with him on the offense. So seeing it now in a formal setting isn't surpsing. What is most impressive is that he is doing this on his own, a sign of a true leader.

Many questions still to be answered, but as has been said, he is doing and saying all the right things.
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Post by jackal » Fri May 04, 2012 12:29 pm

reminds me of Manning when him and his wide out harrison would go to other games on their bye week to figure
out what they could do better....

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I have always thought steve young too.. if he anywhere close to steve young I would be thrilled
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Post by mansquatch » Fri May 04, 2012 12:59 pm

Reminds of Young in a few respects: Brains, Work Effort, Mobility, and competitiveness. Whether he can produce the results remains the be seen.
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Post by VikingLord » Fri May 04, 2012 3:07 pm

Mothman wrote:I still expect to see growing pains but I think he's capable of throwing 25 TDs this season. If he can do that and keep the INTs to half that number or less, that will be a great sign for the future!

We'll see...
I think if Ponder hits the 25-12 ratio the Vikes would be in contention for a wildcard.

For me, a lot of that final ratio is going to come down to how effective the TE's are in Musgrave's offense. The Vikings appear to have 2 TE's who can be very effective in the passing game, especially inside the red zone. But for Ponder to approach 25-12 he's going to have to turn that potential into reality. If he were to maximize that potential and find some contributors on the outside as well, I'd put his TD potential between 30-35. Of course, if he doesn't nix the INT's that doesn't mean much.

I'd say Ponder is likely to throw between 20-25 TDs, but I'm expecting a few more INT's, somewhere between 15-20. That should be good enough to land the Vikes between 6-7 wins.

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Post by BGM » Fri May 04, 2012 3:45 pm

It's easy to cheer for Ponder and I hope, for the Vikings and his sake, that he makes strides this season. Will be interesting to watch and see!!
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Post by HardcoreVikesFan » Fri May 04, 2012 8:18 pm

Well Ponder has my support. I feel that he will be much improved this season.
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Post by DarthBrooks » Sat May 05, 2012 4:27 am

Heh. The thread title reads "'This is my te" in the replies, which would be a lot less inclusive.

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Post by hibbingviking » Sun May 06, 2012 1:05 pm

wished the vikings would have picked up someone like garrard or jason campbell who would have pushed ponder more. :confused:
maybe this full training camp for him will be fantastic.

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Post by Mothman » Mon May 07, 2012 7:59 am

VikingLord wrote: I think if Ponder hits the 25-12 ratio the Vikes would be in contention for a wildcard.

For me, a lot of that final ratio is going to come down to how effective the TE's are in Musgrave's offense. The Vikings appear to have 2 TE's who can be very effective in the passing game, especially inside the red zone. But for Ponder to approach 25-12 he's going to have to turn that potential into reality. If he were to maximize that potential and find some contributors on the outside as well, I'd put his TD potential between 30-35. Of course, if he doesn't nix the INT's that doesn't mean much.

I'd say Ponder is likely to throw between 20-25 TDs, but I'm expecting a few more INT's, somewhere between 15-20. That should be good enough to land the Vikes between 6-7 wins.

That sounds like a reasonable expectation. I'll be a little surprised if he can hit that 25-12 ratio in his second season.

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Post by mansquatch » Tue May 08, 2012 12:28 pm

Why would you want Campbell or Gerrard over Joe Webb?

Both are veterans and will cost a lot more than Webb. Also, don't we have Rosenfels for the "aging Veteran Backup" slot?

Seems silly to me.
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