Ponder, Vikings set to begin microcamp

Christian Ponder, the first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, is doing everything he can to be ready for a job battle when the NFL’s lockout is ended.

He’s done work with the playbook and invested ample time. Now, he’ll get to work with some teammates in what can only be described as a microcamp. That’s because there won’t be enough Vikings players on hand to dub it a minicamp.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Vikings will begin three days of player-run practices today at IMG’s facilities in Bradenton, Fla. Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar, other quarterbacks under contract, will be among the “10 to 15” players on hand.

Per the report, former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke will help direct the workouts. He has been working with Ponder and Webb in recent weeks, helping drill them on the playbook.

What the Vikings will do at the quarterback position after the lockout remains one of the team’s most intriguing questions. The franchise is almost certain to pursue a veteran with experience. Do they look for one to start or will they bring in a player willing to battle with Ponder for the starting job?

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