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  49ers | Week 14 inactives for 49ers    Sun Dec 11, 02:39 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared QB Christian Ponder, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT Joe Staley, CB Marcus Cromartie, RB Mike Davis, DL Quinton Dial, DL Tank Carradine inactive for Week 14.

Footballguys view: Staley is the 49ers best offensive lineman. The offense will feel his loss against the beastly Jets defensive line.

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  49ers | Week 13 inactives for 49ers    Sun Dec 4, 11:35 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Aaron Lynch, QB Christian Ponder, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT John Theus, CB Marcus Cromartie, RB Mike Davis, DL Tony Jerod-Eddie inactive for Week 13.

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  49ers | Week 12 Inactives    Sun Nov 27, 11:50 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Aaron Lynch, QB Christian Ponder, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT John Theus, CB Marcus Cromartie, RB Mike Davis, DL Quinton Dial inactive for Week 12.

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  49ers | Week 11 inactives for 49ers    Sun Nov 20, 03:11 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Aaron Lynch, DL Chris Z. Jones, QB Christian Ponder, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT John Theus, RB Mike Davis, WR Torrey Smith inactive for Week 11.

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  49ers | Week 10 Inactives    Sun Nov 13, 03:04 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Aaron Lynch, QB Christian Ponder, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT John Theus, RB Mike Davis, CB Rashard Robinson inactive for Week 10.

Footballguys view: Carlos Hyde is active, but he's a low ceiling risky play today at Arizona. The best hope for his owners is that he makes it through the game without aggravating his lingering shoulder injury.

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  49ers | Week 9 inactives for 49ers    Sun Nov 6, 02:40 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Aaron Lynch, RB Carlos Hyde, QB Christian Ponder, OT John Theus, WR Keshawn Martin, DL Mike Purcell, CB Rashard Robinson inactive for Week 9.

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  49ers | Week 7 inactives for 49ers    Sun Oct 23, 02:51 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared RB Carlos Hyde, QB Christian Ponder, DL Glenn Dorsey, TE Je'Ron Hamm, OT John Theus, WR Keshawn Martin, CB Marcus Cromartie inactive for Week 7.

Footballguys view: Mike Davis will lead a committee at running back in place of Hyde this week.

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  49ers | Week 6 inactives for 49ers    Sun Oct 16, 11:50 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared TE Blake Bell, QB Christian Ponder, SS Jaquiski Tartt, SS Jimmie Ward, OT John Theus, DE Taylor Hart, DL Tony Jerod-Eddie inactive for Week 6.

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  49ers | Christian Ponder pushing to start?    Fri Oct 7, 03:54 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Christian Ponder has 'support' in locker room and 'is considered the best option for quarterback on the roster', according to at least one source.

Footballguys view: Is Ponder himself that source? We've seen enough of Ponder to know that he's not going to be a much better option than Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers are likely to make a QB change in the near future.

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  49ers | Week 5 49ers inactives    Thu Oct 6, 07:04 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared QB Christian Ponder, DL DeForest Buckner, DL Glenn Dorsey, SS Jimmie Ward, OT John Theus, WR Keshawn Martin inactive for Week 5.

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  49ers | Week 4 Inactives    Sun Oct 2, 03:18 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared QB Christian Ponder, SS Jimmie Ward, OT John Theus, WR Keshawn Martin, DE Taylor Hart, DL Tony Jerod-Eddie, TE Vance McDonald inactive for Week 4.

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  49ers | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 25, 02:40 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared OT Anthony Davis, QB Christian Ponder, RB DuJuan Harris, OT John Theus, CB Marcus Cromartie, DE Taylor Hart, DL Tony Jerod-Eddie inactive for Week 3.

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  49ers | Week 2 inactives for San Francisco    Sun Sep 18, 11:37 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have declared CB Marcus Cromartie, OT Anthony Davis, RB DuJuan Harris, DE Taylor Hart, DE Tony Jerod-Eddie, QB Christian Ponder, OT John Theus inactive for Week 2.

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  49ers | San Francisco inactives for Week 1    Mon Sep 12, 09:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Davis (hamstring), DL Glenn Dorsey (knee), OG Josh Garnett, DT Taylor Hart, QB Christian Ponder, CB Keith Reaser (ankle) and OL John Theus are inactive for the Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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  49ers | San Francisco nabs Christian Ponder    Tue Aug 16, 04:26 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Broncos) was signed to a one-year deal by the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Footballguys view: The 49ers needed to do something here. Colin Kaepernick has had trouble returning from three offseason surgeries, and backup Thad Lewis is out of the year after suffering a knee injury. That leaves rookie Jeff Driskel as the lone backup behind starter Blaine Gabbert. Ponder gives them veteran insurance in case Kaepernick isn't healthy and Driskel isn't ready.

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  Bengals | Two QBs contacted by Bengals    Mon Dec 14, 11:27 AM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Broncos) and QB Ryan Mallett (Texans) have been contacted by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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  Broncos | Christian Ponder waived    Tue Dec 8, 04:24 PM

Denver Broncos QB Christian Ponder was waived Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Footballguys view: This could be a sign that Peyton Manning is getting healthier. Manning continues to recover from his foot injury, and some speculate he could be healthy enough to play in a couple of weeks.

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  Broncos | Week 13 Denver inactives    Sun Dec 6, 02:47 PM

The Denver Broncos have declared QB Christian Ponder, DL DeMarcus Ware, WR Jordan Norwood, QB Peyton Manning, C Sam Brenner, DL Sylvester Williams, FS T.J. Ward inactive for Week week.

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  Broncos | Denver inactives for Week 12    Sun Nov 29, 07:53 PM

Denver Broncos Sam Brenner, Lorenzo Doss, Richard Gordon, QB Peyton Manning (foot), WR Jordan Norwood, QB Christian Ponder and DE DeMarcus Ware (back) were inactive for the Week 12 game against the New England Patriots.

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  Broncos | Christian Ponder signs    Wed Nov 25, 12:52 PM

Updating a previous item, free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) signed with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to a source.

Footballguys view: With Peyton Manning out for the next few weeks (at least), the team needed veteran depth behind Brock Osweiler. Ponder will start out as the team's No. 3 quarterback until he learns the offense. Rookie QB Trevor Siemian will back up Osweiler for now.

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  Broncos | Christian Ponder joining Broncos    Wed Nov 25, 12:19 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) will sign with the Denver Broncos, according to a source. He'll be the No. 3 quarterback.

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  Titans | Christian Ponder visits Titans    Wed Nov 4, 09:06 AM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) worked out for the Tennessee Titans Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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  Cowboys | Dallas hosting QB tryouts    Tue Sep 22, 09:21 AM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders), QB Matt Flynn (Jets), QB Josh Johnson (Jets) and QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson (Dolphins) are working out for the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Footballguys view: We have confirmed that Uncle Rico was unable to make the workout due to his bus breaking down. The Cowboys need to find a suitable backup for Brandon Weeden while Tony Romo is out over the next several weeks.

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  Cowboys | Pair of QBs to work out for Dallas    Mon Sep 21, 09:44 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will work out free-agent QBs Josh Johnson (Bengals) and Christian Ponder (Vikings), sources said Monday, Sept. 21.

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  Eagles | Christian Ponder to work out    Mon Sep 14, 07:44 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) has a workout scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Sept. 15.

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  Raiders | Oakland will not add Christian Ponder    Mon Sep 14, 04:43 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) has been informed by the Oakland Raiders that they will not be signing him at this point.

Footballguys view: That's a good sign for Derek Carr. Ponder is on the team's emergency list at quarterback if they need him.

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  Raiders | OAK contacts Christian Ponder    Mon Sep 14, 12:49 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Raiders) has been contacted by the Oakland Raiders with QB Derek Carr (hand) having an MRI on his injured hand Monday, Sept. 14.

Footballguys view: That's not a good sign for Carr. Stay tuned as we'll learn more about this injury in the near future.

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  Raiders | Chances of a Matt McGloin trade?    Sat Jun 27, 04:49 PM

Bill Williamson, from ESPN.com, speculates that QB Matt McGloin could be traded later this year. If the Raiders are happy with Christian Ponder as the primary backup behind Derek Carr, then perhaps McGloin could be on the trade block.

Footballguys view: If McGloin is put on the trade block, then we'd expect the Houston Texans to show interest. McGloin was Bill O'Brien's quarterback when the two were at Penn State. The Texans have arguably the worst quarterback situation in the league, and McGloin could be seen as an upgrade.

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  Raiders | Christian Ponder signed    Fri Mar 13, 07:35 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Vikings) has signed with the Oakland Raiders. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Now that Ponder has signed, we'll likely see the release of Matt Schaub in the near future. Ponder is going to backup Derek Carr in 2015.

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  Raiders | Expected to sign Christian Ponder    Fri Mar 13, 04:29 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder (Vikings) is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.

Footballguys view: If (when) Ponder is signed, then we should see Matt Schaub released.

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  Raiders | Christian Ponder visiting    Fri Mar 13, 03:21 PM

Free-agent QB Christian Ponder is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders Friday, March 13, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Ponder hasn't generated that much interest...a shock to no one. We'll see the Raiders continue to look for backup options behind starter Derek Carr.

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  Vikings | Rough game for Christian Ponder     Fri Oct 3, 12:02 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder completed 22 of his 44 pass attempts and threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in the team's Week 5 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He rushed three times for 15 yards and a touchdown and was sacked six times.

Footballguys view: Ponder is not a starting-caliber quarterback. He's a below average backup, and he certainly played like one on Thursday night.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater inactive    Thu Oct 2, 05:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Green Bay Packers. QB Christian Ponder will start in his place.

Footballguys view: This is what we thought (feared) would happen. We love Bridgewater's upside, and he was fantastic as a starter against the Falcons in Week 4. It looks like Christian Ponder will start for the Vikings in Week 5 against the Packers.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder expected to start    Thu Oct 2, 05:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder is expected to start in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2, with QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) a game-time decision.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater looking unlikely    Thu Oct 2, 10:25 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is looking unlikely to play Thursday, Oct. 2, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The signs are pointing to QB Christian Ponder starting against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater remains hopeful    Tue Sep 30, 04:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is feeling 'much better' Tuesday, Sept. 30, and head coach Mike Zimmer remains hopeful that Bridgewater can play in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Oct. 2. If Bridgewater is going to throw and push off his left foot, he'll likely do so during a walk-through Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Footballguys view: If this wasn't a short week, we'd be more hopeful about Bridgewater's availability. The Vikings play on Thursday night against the Packers, and we might not see the rookie quarterback under center after his impressive start in Week 4. QB Christian Ponder would make his first start of the year if Bridgewater doesn't play.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater misses practice    Mon Sep 29, 06:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 29. QB Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense during practice.

Footballguys view: It's a short week for the Vikings as they play against the Packers on Thursday night in Week 5. Check back to see if Bridgewater can practice on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater carted off    Sun Sep 28, 07:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) left the Week 4 game in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons due to a left ankle injury. The team took him to the locker room on a cart. QB Christian Ponder replaced him.

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  Vikings | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Brandon Watts, WR Charles X. Johnson, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton, CB Shaun Prater inactive for Week 3.

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  Vikings | Week 2 Inactives    Sun Sep 14, 11:39 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, LB Brandon Watts, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, LB Michael Mauti, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton inactive for Week 2.

Footballguys view: Matt Asiata will get the start with Peterson out, with rookie Jerick McKinnon mixed in. Asiata is worth flex consideration against a Patriots defense that was very poor against the run last week at Miami.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder saves job?    Fri Aug 29, 09:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale.

Footballguys view: Could it be? He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater at No. 2    Fri Aug 22, 10:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater will be starting soon enough in Minnesota. We're excited about Bridgewater's upside because he's smart and accurate. When Bridgewater is the starter, we could see a bump for the entire passing game. Matt Cassel could begin the season as the starter, but we doubt he holds onto the job for the whole year.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder's reps cut    Thu Jul 31, 01:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.

Footballguys view: We are Jack's complete lack of surprise. This has always been a two-horse race, and Ponder has always been in the stable. He might make the roster as a "ALL OUR QUARTERBACKS ARE DEAD" emergency option but that's all.

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  Vikings | Willing to trade Christian Ponder    Mon Jul 28, 04:58 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade QB Christian Ponder. Ponder has performed well during training camp but probably will be the No. 3 quarterback.

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  Vikings | QBs splitting reps    Mon Jul 28, 01:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.

Footballguys view: Ponder is obviously the QB who will drop out of this race soon. Bridgewater is a star student and hard-working, so he might push Cassel more than observers expect him to. The Vikings should have a truly open competition and not give Cassel any "veteran" advantage because he has been so mediocre in the past. The Seahawks weren't afraid to crown a rookie in an open camp QB competition, and it has worked out for them.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder has done well    Wed Jul 23, 11:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. 'Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time,' Zimmer said. 'We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games.'

Footballguys view: We'll see if Ponder and Cassel can hold off rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater to be the team's starter in 2014. Ponder is in a make-or-break season with the Vikings. If he doesn't get it done this year, the team will move on with Bridgewater as their quarterback of the future. Ponder has shown the ability to be a decent spot starter, but he's mostly a backup-caliber quarterback.

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  Vikings | OC praises QBs    Mon Jul 7, 01:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has been very happy with QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder heading up to training camp. 'We've got a really, really good group,' he said, explaining that it won't be hard to parcel out snaps in the apparent three-headed battle. Cassel is expected to be the starter, but Turner has praised Bridgewater for his arm strength and quick learning.

Footballguys view: The identity of the starter won't change outlooks that much because the Vikings won't force Bridgewater into the lineup. If they tab him to start, that means Bridgewater give the team the best chance to win in their eyes. Greg Jennings had great chemistry with Cassel last year, so perhaps he would take a small hit, but his ADP is already very undervalued for a receiver of his caliber.

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  Vikings | QB competition wide open    Tue Jun 17, 02:32 PM

The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback competition this offseason is a wide open battle between QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will plan on having all three passers see enough snaps in mandatory minicamp to make sure that they all have a 'legitimate opportunity' to win the starting job in training camp next month. Zimmer won't rush into a decision, and he made it clear that Cassel won't enter camp as the presumptive starter. Both Cassel and Bridgewater had more snaps than Ponder during organized team activities, and both looked sharper than Ponder.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater should win any close calls, but the definition of a close call may depend on how ready the Vikings are to start him. He is a better passer than either of his opponents, and he is going to excel on short and intermediate passes in accuracy and timing. We would give him a better chance to win this job than most would, but it is still going to be hard for him to have fantasy relevance without a great running component to his fantasy stats.

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  Vikings | Not likely to release Christian Ponder but may trade him    Mon Jun 16, 02:44 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will likely not be released by the team, but the Vikings may try and trade the quarterback before camp starts. The team recognizes it would get only a late-round draft pick, but it could save $1.8 million just by trading him.

Footballguys view: Trade him for what? Ponder would draw little interest if he was on the trade block, especially if teams are expecting him to be released. Perhaps someone would take a shot on Ponder as a backup, but we don't think teams will be falling all over themselves to add the veteran QB.

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  Vikings | All QBs will get chance to work with first-teamers    Sun May 25, 03:04 PM

Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will all get an opportunity to work with the first-teamers this offseason but the team would like to enter training camp with an established depth chart.

Footballguys view: This is going to be an interesting battle to watch develop through OTAs and training camp. Even if he doesn't win the job at the start of the season, we expect Bridgewater to lead the team at some point. He's smart and accurate, so Bridgewater should be able to impress early on.

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