Off Season Training
Christian Ponder Working Out With Larry Fitzgerald
Jaymar Johnson did not recognize the newcomer Monday at the workouts at the University of Minnesota. The Vikings receiver was quickly informed he was looking at his soon-to-be teammate, quarterback Christian Ponder.
“I was like, ‘Oh, snap, let me go talk to him,’” Johnson said. “I had no idea he was going to be up here today. I like him. He has good mechanics, a nice little spiral on the ball.”
Ponder joined drills that are being led by Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. and Bill Welle of Welle Fast Elite Sports Training. Ponder, the 12th overall pick in the April draft by the Vikings, arrived in the Twin Cities this weekend after a 22-hour drive from Florida.
“That’s the first time I’ve thrown in a couple of weeks and also throwing with new guys,” he said “But I think today I wanted to come out and sling the crap out of the ball, and that’s never good as a quarterback. Tomorrow will be a lot better.”
Other Vikings taking part included tight end Kyle Rudolph, a second-round pick in April, defensive end Brian Robison and linebacker Jasper Brinkley.
Late in the passing drills, Johnson ran a go-route and Ponder delivered the ball in stride.
“He has good mechanics, a nice little spiral on the ball and then on that go-ball I tried to test him out a little bit and he hit me on it,” Johnson said. “He’s got a strong arm.”
Ponder was going to leave early because he needed to meet with his realtor – Ponder is living in Rudolph’s guest room right now – but Fitzgerald told Ponder that he should stick around. While Ponder praised the intensity of the Fitzgerald workouts, he is optimistic that the NFL lockout soon will end and enable him to begin making up for lost time. It appears the lockout could be lifted as soon as this week.
It’s great to hear Ponder working out locally. It’s even more excited to hear that he’s working out with the talent that routinely shows up for Larry Fitzgeralds camp. Assuming the lockout ends this week as anticipated it should very interesting to see the mini-camp battle between Joe Webb and Christian Ponder. Many believe it’s Ponder’s job to lose. What do you think?