Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
  1. #1
    HEY's Avatar
    HEY
    HEY is offline Star Spokesman
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    2,193
    Blog Entries
    1

    Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    For those who missed the game, this is a video of all the completed passes and highlights of rookie quarterback Christian Ponder's performance in his very first NFL game:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epEF7R2g2dg

    So what do you guys think?

    Personally, I was impressed, especially considering he only practiced with the team for what... 10 days? ... and that's not even as the first or second stringer.

    Ponder showed good arm strength. I loved the Roethilsberger-impression at the very end and it looks like the guy will fight to keep plays alive. Ponder showed good passer accuracy. He was patient and I liked how he didn't want to take big risks or go for many big plays. He showed good decision making in my opinion. What surprised me the most was his creativity on the field and I loved it! This guy could be exciting to watch in the future. Also, he showed that he has some quick feet on more than one occasion and he plays though for a QB. It's nice to have that extra option.

    All in all, it looks very good for a rookie quarterback who entered the league during a lockout. I'm excited to watch him play next week and I heard he will be starting.

  2. #2
    midgensa's Avatar
    midgensa is offline Jersey Retired Free Kick Specialist 3 Champion
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    6,226

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    I was VERY happy with his play last night. I was thinking that going into the preseason games Joe Webb had to be way ahead for the No. 2 spot. That definitely did not appear to be the case last night.

    Now it is just preseason with no funny defensive packages until at least week 2, so I am not going to get too far ahead of myself. But I was very happy with his play and with his footwork and seeming command of the offense and huddle.

    Very happy with my first look at this kid.

  3. #3
    johnkdbr's Avatar
    johnkdbr is offline Training Camp
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    34

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    I watched the game on the Titans network & agree with what the announcers were saying....He looked to have problems seeing passing lanes over the D-Line. This could be a problem for him especially on a 3 step drop. Like I said in another post it's hard to really get a read on him because he was playing with the #2's & 3's. Had no protection at all especially up the middle.

  4. #4
    singersp's Avatar
    singersp is offline PPO Newshound
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    52,207

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    Quote Originally Posted by "HEY" #1104415

    Ponder showed good arm strength.
    That's expected when throwing check down passes & passes of 10 yards or less. I sure as hell hope he has the strength to zip em in there. Lets wait & see how he does on some deeper passes of 20, 30 & 30+. He'll get opportunities to do so. This was just his 1st outing. He needs to get his feet wet before stepping into the deep end.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

  5. #5
    Caine's Avatar
    Caine is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    5,135

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    Quote Originally Posted by "singersp" #1104418
    Quote Originally Posted by "HEY" #1104415

    Ponder showed good arm strength.
    That's expected when throwing check down passes & passes of 10 yards or less. I sure as hell hope he has the strength to zip em in there. Lets wait & see how he does on some deeper passes of 20, 30 & 30+. He'll get opportunities to do so. This was just his 1st outing. He needs to get his feet wet before stepping into the deep end.
    I agree. He threw a lot of chip shots, nothing really to indicate true arm strength/ability.

    I did like his ability to extend plays with his feet - he didn't simply tuck-n-run, he looked downfield constantly.

    Caine

  6. #6
    VikesFan787's Avatar
    VikesFan787 is offline Coordinator
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Erie, PA
    Posts
    886

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    That throw on the run was so pretty! (@1:09)
    814


  7. #7
    Purple Floyd's Avatar
    Purple Floyd is offline Jersey Retired
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Posts
    16,646
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    He looked more poised than I thought but he didn't look as prepared as Locker did.

    I thought it was good of the staff to put him in as the #3 to send the message he wasn't going to get handed anything which is refreshing compared to the last staff.

    Playing with the WR group he has and behind an OL that is in transition isn't going to help him any. The real test will be when he has to throw the ball down the field into tight coverage because it is clear from watching in camp that his arm is not near as strong as the other 2 QB's.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    69

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    Quote Originally Posted by "Purple Floyd" #1104425
    He looked more poised than I thought but he didn't look as prepared as Locker did.

    I thought it was good of the staff to put him in as the #3 to send the message he wasn't going to get handed anything which is refreshing compared to the last staff.

    Playing with the WR group he has and behind an OL that is in transition isn't going to help him any. The real test will be when he has to throw the ball down the field into tight coverage because it is clear from watching in camp that his arm is not near as strong as the other 2 QB's.

    First off Locker was playing with the starters, Ponder was mostly with guys who will not be on team.. Big difference. Ill wait to see how he plays after pre-season is done. But overall i thought he looked pretty good. Joe Webb on other hand still looks like a deer in headlights. Looked to run instead of pass. Just my observations..

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    69

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    Sorry locker played with some starters and second stringers..

  10. #10
    HEY's Avatar
    HEY
    HEY is offline Star Spokesman
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    2,193
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: Christian Ponder's NFL Debut

    Let me address the part about the arm strength! Yes, it's true that we didn't see many long throws from Ponder, but I never really questioned his arm strength. I guess I should rather say that he did nothing to change that opinion.

    There was one throw that I thought was pretty impressive though: The last pass attempt he made in the game, not because of how long it went, but how it was made.

    A defensive player tried to drag Ponder down while he held both of Ponder's feet together. Ponder, with his throwing shoulder in the opposite direction, managed to fire one off past the end-zone with seemingly ease. Try to stand with your throwing shoulder forward and your feet together and see just how hard it is!

    You can see the throw at 4:09

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epEF7R2g2dg&lc=5GllCDb_waJvgGlZzXgWgTgThIT tSerIEcHBnzAxe8s&feature=inbox

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Ponder's QB Grading System Results
    By b_sandhar_29 in forum Vikings Offseason/Draft/FA Forum
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-05-2011, 09:49 PM
  2. Christian Bale flips out
    By VikingMike in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 02-19-2009, 06:24 PM
  3. Christian the Lion
    By C Mac D in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-30-2008, 12:20 PM
  4. Christian Okoye; Where are they now?
    By Garland Greene in forum General NFL Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-31-2007, 08:31 PM
  5. How to Enjoy Anime As a Christian
    By Prophet in forum The Clubhouse
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-02-2007, 09:21 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •