Poll: Has Christian Ponder played enough this preseason?
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Much was made of the Vikings' treatment of quarterback Christian Ponder after the team's first preseason game, in which the third-year signal caller threw just two passes. Thursday against the Bills, Ponder took 25 snaps.
Of the 32 projected opening day starters at quarterback, only six have taken fewer preseason snaps than Ponder, according to ESPN's NFC West blogger, Mike Sando. That list includes Robert Griffin III, whose injury has prevented him from taking a single snap with the Redskins this preseason.
Here's the link to Sando's list of snaps, sorted in descending order by team.
As the writer notes, "Injuries, game circumstances, position battles and other factors affect how NFL teams allot playing time during the exhibition season."
In the Vikings case, it certainly appears Ponder could have played more in both games, and it was a team decision to limit him to one offensive series in the opening week. In limited time through two preseason games, the first-team offense has not looked good. They'll get a boost in the third preseason game, as Adrian Peterson will reportedly take some snaps.
There may not be a perfect solution to this question and we're not suggesting we know everything. But given some of the new pieces in the offense and notable deaprtures this offseason, we think it makes sense to let Ponder play with Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson et al.
We'd like to hear what you think. We plan to start doing more of that around here, actually, and this is as good a question as any to start. Toss in your two cents to the poll and get at us on Twitter, if you'd like. Are you satisfied with the way the Vikings have handled Ponder this preseason?