"For me and the offense, No. 1 is doing a lot better job on first down," Ponder said. "We want to be completing 75 percent of our passes on first down. I think we were low 60s, around 63 percent, last year.
"That's going to help us be so much better on third down and eventually points scored per game. I think it's important for me. I have to do a better job moving around in the pocket and not taking off so early. Get a better feel for the pocket and make better decisions. ...Just smarter decisions. Not trying to force the ball down the field. I think if we have ‘go' routes called and it's not open, to check it down. I think it comes down to patience and knowing your reads and finding the open guy. Football is not that hard of a game. You have to find the open guy and get the ball to him."
"He's getting there mentally, but there are still some things that he's holding back on," Frazier said. "He's got to get to the point where he's got to let it go a little bit. It's still early. We've only had two practices and we'll see how he progresses. But we'll need him to let it go at some point."
Near the end of one of his first OTA sessions, Ponder threw an odd and very ugly interception that went directly to defensive back Bobby Felder, an undrafted rookie from Nicholls State.
After practice, Ponder brought the interception up on his own during the opening statement in his press conference.
"You all probably saw the boneheaded mistake at the end," he said. "I tried to throw the ball away and didn't."
Frazier has voiced his excitement over the great turnout. Asked about Harvin missing a practice, Frazier said he wants Harvin to attend, but added, "It's voluntary."
Linebacker Chad Greenway has also shown up for only one workout because he's dealing with what Frazier called a "serious family matter."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's just what the doctor ordered for the Viking offense. He's an explosive guy who can really adjust and adapt to the football. And it's really fun watching him after the catch, which is a skill he demonstrated for the whole league last year when he was with Cincinnati." - Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, when asked about free-agent acquisition Jerome Simpson.