Ponder was promoted to serve as Colin Kaepernick's backup prior to Sunday's loss to Atlanta, CSN Bay Area reports.
Ponder has spent the entire regular season as the 49ers' inactive third quarterback. With the club receiving inconsistent play under center between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, the coaching staff may be inching towards giving the former first-rounder a look in the final game or two. No official change has been announced, but if Ponder were to receive playing time, he would be a low-upside fantasy option due to his reputation as a "game manager."
A locker room source stated that "Ponder is the best quarterback on the roster," CSN Bay Area reports.
While the locker room source doesn't make the decisions for the 49ers, they did suggest that there is some support for Ponder to start within the locker room. The third-string quarterback has a similar skill set to Gabbert in that he doesn't take too many shots downfield and also possesses the ability to run the ball. Ponder does have a career completion percentage nearly four points higher than the current 49ers' starter, so he may address Gabbert's wild inaccuracy issue. Regardless of whoever Chip Kelly favors, it appears a change is looming after a 1-4 start.
Ponder completed eight of his 14 pass attempts for 101 yards in Thursday's preseason finale. While he didn't throw a touchdown, he rushed for two scores to seal a win for the 49ers.
Ponder's case has become an interesting one with two strong performances this preseason despite only spending three weeks with the team. Blaine Gabbert is projected to be the team's starter and Colin Kaepernick had his first strong showing of the preseason Thursday, so Ponder isn't close to a lock to make the 53-man roster. That being said, he has looked strong in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back up Gabbert if the 49ers opt to part ways with the polarizing Kaepernick.
Ponder remains on the 49ers' 75-man roster in advance of Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers.
Ponder was brought in to provide quarterback depth while Colin Kaepernick was sidelined. He opened eyes with a strong preseason debut against the Broncos on Sept. 20, but regressed with a lackluster showing last week against the Packers. The fact that Ponder wasn't cut this week indicates that there is an outside chance that he could make the team as a backup if San Francisco opts to part ways with Kaepernick, who didn't impress in his preseason debut Friday.
Ponder completed 7-of-8 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos on Saturday. He also added 21 yards and another touchdown on two carries.
Ponder shined in his debut with the 49ers despite joining the team just four days prior. He was brought on to serve as a placeholder until Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) returns, but his stellar production -- albeit against backup defenders -- has to immediately put him in the conversation to possibly make the team as a third-stringer. It looks like Kaepernick could return this Friday against the Packers, so it will be interesting to see how the 49ers use Ponder and rookie backup Jeff Driskel in that game.
Ponder signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Tuesday.
With Thaddeus Lewis (torn ACL) on injured reserve and Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) still not throwing, the 49ers need a third healthy quarterback for their upcoming joint-squad practices with the Broncos. If Kaepernick isn't available for Saturday's preseason game, Ponder may get thrown into the fire just four days after joining the team. Regardless, Ponder probably won't stick around beyond the preseason.
Ponder was released by the Broncos on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
With Peyton Manning (foot) set to miss another week, the Broncos are apparently content to have Trevor Siemian serve as the lone backup to Brock Osweiler. Ponder will likely be near the top of many teams' emergency quarterback lists.
The Broncos plan to sign Ponder, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
With Peyton Manning out, initially Ponder will work as the team's No. 3 QB as he learns the team's offense. For now, he'll slot in behind Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian.
The Broncos are expected to work out Ponder on Wednesday.
With Peyton Manning ruled out for at least the next two weeks, the Broncos will look to add depth behind Brock Osweiler, possibly by signing Ponder. Osweiler proved fairly capable in his start last week, and would probably need to suffer an injury for someone else to get snaps under center for the Broncos while Manning is out.
The Raiders made their final roster cuts Saturday and among the players getting released was quarterback Christian Ponder, whom the team signed in the offseason.
Ponder was a first-round draft pick in 2011, but the team decided to retain just two quarterbacks. The Eagles have already expressed interest in signing the former Florida State standout.
The Eagles are showing interest in quarterback Christian Ponder, according to NFL Network.
Ponder, who was released by the Raiders on Friday, is a former first-round pick.
The Raiders are expected to part ways with quarterback Christian Ponder, a source told ESPN. Ponder was a first-round draft pick in 2011.
The Raiders are expected to sign quarterback Christian Ponder, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
Ponder was taken by the Vikings with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft. After starting all 16 games in 2012, the 27-year-old has managed to only start 10 games in the last two seasons. For his career he has thrown for 6,658 yards, 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
Former Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will visit the Raiders on Friday, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is familiar with Ponder's work. He served as Minnesota's offensive coordinator from 2011-13 before joining the Eagles in 2013, and then the Raiders in January.
Ponder, the No. 12 overall pick in the the 2011 NFL Draft, spent his first four seasons with the Vikings before becoming a free agent on Tuesday. He started 26 of 27 games he played in from 2011-12, but only made 10 starts over his final two seasons with the club. He tallied 1,057 passing yards with 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder seems resigned to the fact he will not be back with Minnesota next season. Ponder has spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Minnesota following his selection in the first round (12th overall) in 2011.
"Once they drafted Teddy (Bridgewater) and didn't exercise the [fifth-year contract] option, I knew my time was coming to an end most likely," Ponder said Monday, per 1500ESPN.com. "I've tried to enjoy this year and this season and we'll see what happens going forward."
Ponder didn't rule out a return, but it seems unlikely with Bridgewater and Matt Cassel still on the roster.
"[That's the] likelihood, yeah, but I'm not closing any doors. There's a chance I'll be back here, I think," Ponder said. "But I'm going to explore all options and see what's best for me and my family."
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had a tough time Thursday against the Packers.
Ponder completed 22 of 44 passes, for 222 yards and two interceptions. He did not throw a touchdown during the contest. Ponder was constantly under pressure during the game. He was sacked six times. Due to constant pressure, Ponder was forced to settle for short completions throughout the start. When he did go long, Ponder's throw wound up being inaccurate. Ponder did manage to find the end zone late, running in a touchdown with his team down by 42. Ponder had 15 yards on three rushing attempts.
Ponder will take on the Lions Week 6 if Teddy Bridgewater is unable to play again.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder will start Thursday against the Packers.
Teddy Bridgewater is officially inactive for the contest, meaning Ponder will take over as the primary quarterback. Ponder came on in relief of Bridgewater Week 4, but did not attempt a pass. He rushed one time during the contest, picking up a yard. Ponder started nine games last season, tossing seven touchdowns against nine interceptions.
The Vikings will likely start Christian Ponder Thursday, according to ESPN.
Teddy Bridgewater is dealing with an ankle issue, and has been considered a game time decision. The team also called up quarterback Chandler Harnish from the practice squad, indicating that they might need help at quarterback.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder took the first-team reps Monday and Tuesday while rookie Teddy Bridgewater watched with an ankle injury. "I'm preparing to play, but we're hoping the best for Teddy," Ponder told reporters.
"I've talked to Teddy. He's doing everything he can to prepare and be ready to play."
Ponder has started 35 games, but none with Norv Turner as offensive coordinator. He could be under center Thursday in Green Bay. "It's a very different style of offense than what we've ran the previous three years," Ponder said. "Without Adrian [Peterson], it's different. Defenses play us differently without Adrian. I'm comfortable and fit well in it."
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater missed practice for the second straight day with his sprained ankle. Minnesota will hold a walkthrough Wednesday, a day before it visits the Packers on Thursday Night Football.
If Bridgewater can't play, Christian Ponder would get the start.
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