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-- Derek S.
Arm strength is not a weakness of Ponder’s. When he was coming out of college I remember arm strength being cited as a question mark of his, but then I also remember being impressed with his arm strength the first time I saw him throw in person. He doesn’t have a cannon like we’ve seen from Brett Favre and others in the past, but Ponder is certainly on par with NFL passers in terms of arm strength. In this offseason along, I’ve seen him air out passes on the money to speedsters such as WRs
Furthermore, while arm strength is an important characteristic for all quarterbacks, it’s just one part of the skill set. A quarterback can have the strongest arm in the world, but it does him no good if he doesn’t know where he’s going with the ball and if he’s not accurate when he does throw. Fortunately for the Vikings, they won’t have concerns with Ponder in terms of knowing where to throw the ball, and I’ve seen a sharp increase in Ponder’s accuracy over the offseason program.
Is there still work to do and improvement to be made for Ponder? Yes, there is. But the good news is Ponder doesn’t lack any vital traits quarterbacks need to make it at this level.
I think that CB
-- Luis N.
There’s no question about it. The Vikings have a young secondary when you look at the cornerback and safety positions top-to-bottom. Having a veteran such as Winfield in the meeting room and on the field with those youngsters is going to be important for this Vikings defense. I asked this question to several of those young players, as well as to Winfield and DBs coach Joe Woods over the offseason, and everyone was in agreement that there is significant value to having Winfield around for his veteran presence to the younger defensive backs.
I expect all three of those players to have a significant impact on the Vikings in 2012. We’ll start with Brinkley. He missed some time during the offseason with injuries, and of course we all know he missed the entire 2011 season with an injury. So durability questions about Brinkley are fair, but he’ll enter training camp healthy and ready to go. If he remains healthy, I see Brinkley being the guy at middle linebacker for the Vikings and I see him playing well.
Ballard and Griffen will also have impacts. While they may not be starters, at least not right away, both players have the versatility to play multiple positions, which makes them valuable pieces to the defense. Ballard will be in the defensive tackle rotation, an area where the Vikings are looking for improvement, and he also has the athleticism to move out to defensive end in a pinch. As for Griffen, he played first-team right defensive end when
Do you think we are going to bring in any free agents before training camp? If so, who do you think we will mainly look at, and what positions?
-- Joe G.
This is something Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier was asked on the last day of minicamp. Here was his response:
“There’s a chance of that. We’re actually going to meet this afternoon and talk through some of that with myself, Rick (Spielman), George Paton, and some of the other scouts. We’re going to see what’s out there and talk about our current roster, where we are. We’re going to spend the rest of this summer and training camp as well trying to make sure we identify the right guys that are all available and try to come out with the best 53 (players) that we can.”
Keep in mind, the Vikings signed a free agent last week in defensive end