Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder's 5 Keys to a Successful 2011 Season

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Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder's 5 Keys to a Successful 2011 Season
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Will the kid be ready to go in 2011?

I don’t care who you are, you have to feel sorry for this crop of rookies.

If the lockout does not end soon, most would consider these rookie’s season a near loss. Christian Ponder stands amidst a myriad of draftees with high expectations from media, fans and professionals alike.

In all honesty, I feel there are three QB’s who were taken in the draft that will have a difficult time this year transitioning due to the lockout and lack of being able to go through rookie camp, OTA’s and perhaps even a full camp.

Those QB's are Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton.

I say that because most likely these guys will be expected to start this year. Of the three teams with these quarterbacks, the Vikings are in the worst position. Why?

Jake Locker might get some insulation from Kerry Collins, Dalton, for better or worse, has Jordan Palmer who has four years of experience, but Ponder has Joe Webb?

No knock against Webb, but he is not a sixth-rounder of the Tom Brady mode; one who is going to go out there and put the Vikings in playoff contention. Sure, he may be a bridge, albeit a small one at that, and what if he goes out there and plays great? Hmm!

All right, enough comparing, it’s time to put together five things Ponder must do in order to be successful this year once given the chance.

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