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Teammates come to Ponder's defense

Christian Ponder (Benny Sieu/US Presswire)

From his receiving corps to his teammates on defense, plenty of players in the locker room are defending Christian Ponder and hoping he can deflect the blame and play aggressively.

Almost from the day he was drafted, expectations around Christian Ponder have been as high as the draft slot in which he was selected. After years of struggling at quarterback, the Vikings got a firsthand taste of what having a field general could do for an offense when Brett Favre arrived in 2009. In the three seasons since then, things have returned to what was "normal" – struggles at the...

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