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Frazier: 'Our quarterback is Christian Ponder'

By akrammer@1500espn.com

It was unknown whether sitting quarterback Christian Ponder (ribs) would improve a stymied passing attack, but backup quarterback Matt Cassel’s command was one of many reasons the Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ late-game comeback to hold on for the 34-27 win on Sunday in London.

On 2nd-and-10 with 3:29 left, Cassel […]

What Now? Matt Cassel Leads Vikings To 34-27 Victory In Ponder’s Absence.

Photo – Andy Kenutis (Vikings.com)

By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com @AjKFAN

Minneapolis, MN – It’s been a long road to week four for the Minnesota Vikings. Dropping their first four games in dramatic fashion, the Vikings jumped ship and head over to London to square off against the Steelers for a week four […]

Week 4 Preview: Vikings Vs. Steelers

This isn’t exactly the start to the season we were all hoping for, was it? Visions(perhaps delusional, in hindsight) of a return to the playoffs danced in the heads of many fans just a little over three weeks ago. Yet, after three straight weeks of disappointment, the road to the playoffs is looking mighty […]

Vikings add seven to practice squad, one spot open

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings continued the busy weekend by announcing seven players to their practice squad on Sunday.

Tight end Chase Ford, running back Joe Banyard and offensive tackle Kevin Murphy all rejoin the scrimmage squad after spending parts or all of 2012 on the unit.

Banyard is the most likely of […]

Cordarrelle Patterson, four others still in the mix for punt returner

MANKATO, Minn. — There are still four players in the mix to compete with Minnesota Vikings incumbent punt returner Marcus Sherels for the starting job.

Receivers Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Cordarrelle Patterson and cornerback Bobby Felder will be in the rotation to return punts for Friday’s preseason game at the Buffalo Bills, along with Sherels.

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A comfortable Christian Ponder still adjusting to Greg Jennings routes

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson stood behind a pack of media members, trying to distract quarterback Christian Ponder as he spoke after Wednesday’s walkthrough — the final one of training camp.

Ponder was in the middle of talking about what the first-team offense needs to accomplish during Friday’s game at the Buffalo […]

Zulgad: Stephen Burton now turning heads with his performance

Stephen Burton still can’t bring himself to laugh about the “play” that would define his rookie training camp.

“It was really … ,” Burton said before pausing to search for the right word, “stupid.”

The second of two seventh-round picks by the Vikings in 2011, Burton was given the chance to participate in a Hail […]

Jarius Wright sees himself as far more than just a slot receiver

MANKATO, Minn. — When Minnesota Vikings fans think of receiver Jarius Wright, their minds often flash to the two deep catches he made against division rivals last season.

But Wright, who worked as the slot receiver in camp, said he’s much more than the guy who caught a 54-yard bomb against Detroit or a 65-yard […]

Revamped Vikings receiving corps helping Stephen Burton’s development

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings receiver Stephen Burton stretched out to nab a Christian Ponder pass 30 yards downfield in between cornerback Josh Robinson and reserve safety Robert Blanton during Monday’s practice.

During the first full-pad outing, Burton took advantage of extra passes thrown his way and didn’t falter as he caught deep balls and […]

Pressure not all on Ponder in third year at helm of Vikings’ offense

MANKATO, Minn. — Armed with new Minnesota Vikings receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson – and sans a severely bruised tricep – quarterback Christian Ponder said the pressure isn’t all on him entering the all-important third year for a young quarterback.

And Vikings coach Leslie Frazier agrees with him.

“We need a lot of guys […]