The Minnesota Vikings report to training camp next week, so I figured what better way to prepare for the 2012 season than to look at who will be competiting for a roster spot. First up, the most important position on offense: quarterbacks.
Without improvement from Christian Ponder at QB, the Vikings will remain in the cellar of the NFC North. In case of an injury to Ponder, Joe Webb, Sage Rosenfels and/or McLead Bethel Thompson need to prove during camp they can run the Vikings offense.
2011-2012 stats — 11 games:
- 158 completions — 291 attempts — 54.3% completion rate
- 1,853 yards — 6.37 average yards/pass
- 13 touchdowns
- 13 interceptions
Christian Ponder will be entering his second season in the NFL, but only his first with a full off season of OTAs after last years lockout.
“It was weird being a rookie. Not only a rookie, but a rookie that shows up right at training camp,” Ponder said in May. ”It’s hard to establish yourself as a leader….Now being in a position where I can comfortably say, ‘This is my team,’ it definitely helps.”
Ponder heads into the season being the starter, unlike last year where he lost reps in practice due to the fact the Vikings also had newcomer Donovan McNabb also learning the playbook. This training camp Ponder will likely see all first-team reps to get up him to speed with all of his wide receivers, tight ends, and his offensive line, including fourth overall draft pick and blind side protector, Matt Kalil.
Best moments of his rookie season:
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