Jennings, Ponder Talk Timing

Posted Jul 25, 2013

There may be no two players who need to have their timing down more than quarterback Christian Ponder and receiver Greg Jennings. Count it as good news, then, that both Ponder and Jennings were talking timing the instant they arrived in Mankato for Vikings training camp.

"Just timing," Jennings responded on Thursday when asked what the biggest challenge of this year’s training camp would be. "Spending time together and getting the understanding of what we’re all thinking and how we’re seeing things on the football field."

Friday’s first training camp practice will not be the first time Ponder and Jennings have worked together on the field. The offseason program, which included 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and a three-day mandatory mini-camp in June, provided the quarterback and his new receiver with some time to get a head start.

"We’ve got to continue to strive to perfect that rhythm and chemistry," Ponder said. "We made a lot of strides during OTAs in the spring. We’ve just got to pick up from where we left off. But guys like Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle (Patterson), they’re so talented that it’s not hard to pick that up."

Jennings agreed with his quarterback that the offense made improvements during the offseason.

"I saw a lot of strides," Jennings said. "I saw a lot of confidence being elevated not only in ourselves but in the cornerbacks, as well. It’s going to take time for us to get that chemistry the way we want it to be, down pat, but that’s why we have training camp."

These training camp practices will be different from the workouts the team had in the offseason. Restrictions on contact are lifted and the pads come on, and that presents a new set of challenges and opportunities for both the offense and the defense as they prepare for the upcoming season.

"We’ll face a lot of press coverage, and with the big corners that we have on our team, they’re going to be a lot more physical," Ponder explained. "It’ll change the timing a little bit, but that’s why we’re here. The good thing about putting the pads on is it’ll slow down the defensive linemen a little bit, which will help me. It’ll be good to put the pads on."