According to ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, Christian Ponder has added 20 pounds of bulk to his frame this offseason and now stands at 6-2 233. The added muscle will definitely help with two weaknesses of his game, his durability and his arm strength. Ponder has also received praise all offseason for his improvement, including quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson and NFL Film’s Greg Cosell.
He didn’t do much as a rookie to quiet the critics that said he was a reach at 12 in the 2011 NFL Draft. He completed just 54.3% of his passes for an average of 6.4 YPA and 13 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and missed time down the stretch with injuries. However, all is not lost yet. He’ll need to play like a top-15 quarterback this year for the Vikings to even have a chance this season as they still have a thin receiving corps, a weak back 7, a spotty offensive line, and a serious injury to their top offensive player, as well as arguably the toughest divisional competition of any league in the team.