A big theme for the rest of the 2011 season will be the development of QB Christian Ponder. Through 3 games as the team’s starter, he’s displayed the mental acumen and physical ability to be the franchise’s QB of the future. But as you can say about any first-year starter through just 3 games, there is still plenty of progress to be made.
One area in which Ponder has already excelled, though, is passing under pressure. Ponder is currently completing 64.1% of his passes on 3rd down, which ranks as the 6th-best completion percentage among QBs with 20-plus 3rd-down attempts on the season. In addition, Ponder has been even better when guiding the Vikings inside the red zone. In the red area, Ponder has gone 6-of-6 with a pair of TDs, which is tops among all NFL among all passers.
Again, by no means can we say Ponder has arrived. But there are good signs to date, and Ponder’s performance under pressure is perhaps the brightest sign yet. Third downs and the red zone is money time for NFL QBs, and so far Ponder has passed the test in those situations.
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