For Vikings' Ponder and Jennings, it's sync or sink

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 16, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Christian Ponder and Greg Jennings are still at the getting-acquainted stage in the Vikings’ passing game.

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stevesoltisAug. 15, 13 9:46 PM

I am and will always be a Viking fan. However, am I the only one that doesn't see Ponder as a pure pocket QB? He has a lot of heart and a skill set that does have some strengths...passing out of the pocket isn't one of them.

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mypcaccountAug. 15, 1310:16 PM

My question is; will Jerome Simpson make this team out of camp? Do the other guys have more upside then a guy that has 7 career touchdowns?

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SqUaReD80Aug. 15, 1311:30 PM

stevesoltis says "However, am I the only one that doesn't see Ponder as a pure pocket QB?" ----- Umm, yeah? Everybody in the world thinks that. Seriously. The Vikings should be passing at least 75% of the time throughout preseason. No reason to run.

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callmestupidAug. 16, 13 3:18 AM

It's preseason

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zyxwvuAug. 16, 13 6:29 AM

another rationalization, in sync, getting used to, it's preseason (his third), yadayadayada....face up, he's ordinary at best.

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siouxchampAug. 16, 13 7:18 AM

It will be interesting to see how Ponder plays in Buffalo tonight. A new place for him, an away game. I'm predicting 2 INT's, even if he only plays 1 quarter.

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redgrange12Aug. 16, 13 7:58 AM

Frazier and Spielman have anointed CP the starter this year due to Ricky's two year plan, even though he's been bad for two years. And, this year they brought in Cassel, who is at this point in his career is a better QB. How much of a nightmare would it be for those two if CP struggled all preseason and Cassel played well?

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redgrange12Aug. 16, 13 7:59 AM

I meant 'three year plan'

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tpods1Aug. 16, 13 8:01 AM

I have never understood why teams that need to develop players give them so little work. I understand injuries, but this isn't Payton Manning. You need to take some risk to get the guy playing time. You're better to be a close second in position and develop with all the playing time. One series for Ponder that ends in an interception. Then you call it a day?

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sage62Aug. 16, 13 8:03 AM

Up until the final month of the season, I was finished with CP. We don't need him to be spectacular, just efficient and smart with the ball and check downs. I'm more concerned about our cornerback situation.

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