Oakland Raiders: five players on the bubble

The NFL is a dog eat dog world…  Competition is fierce and that doesn’t just occur on Sunday’s in the fall, it takes place all year-long. Players on the same team battle each other to move up the depth chart, and some are in the unfortunate position of battling for a spot on the team. The NFL is also a business and it isn’t always about being more talented than the guy next...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder ranked No. 15 for NFL backups

The Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Christian Ponder this offseason as a veteran backup and he'll be one of the better to play the position in 2015. Ponder has a lot of experience, playing in 38 games with the Vikings and his ties to Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will help his transition into the team's offense. According to Marc Sessler of, Ponder...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt McGloin ready to compete for backup QB against Christian Ponder

Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin is gearing up to battle fellow signal caller Christian Ponder for the No. 2 job at the team's training camp. McGloin is going into his third season and after making six starts in his rookie season in 2013, the drafting of Derek Carr put him on the back burner. Furthermore, the addition of Ponder in the offseason has upped the competition...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the Importance of Each Vikings Game in 2015: 16-13

The start of the NFL season is getting closer and closer. Soon, the Minnesota Vikings and the rest of the league will be back in full swing.The Vikings have their fair share of tough opponents on this season's schedule. Then there are some opponents who should not cause Minnesota to lose any sleep over. 16. Week 10 - at Oakland RaidersLets face it, a Vikings trip to Oakland will...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Corps Players: Quarterbacks

This is the fourth piece in a series that will look at each position – the additions, subtractions, and pre-training camp depth chart as I see it. For the wide receiver corps, click here.  For the tight end corps, click here.  For the offensive line, click here.   July 4th is not only America’s birthday. It is also the birthday of former Raiders’ owner Al Davis, who was...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders second-year snapshot: TJ Carrie While much of the focus this time of year is on rookies and their development, there's also second-year players throughout the NFL looking to make a jump in ... Oakland Raiders Versus The AFC West: Tight Ends The Oakland Raiders, like every other team in the league, are looking for creative and innovative ways of increasing and...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

QB Christian Ponder continues to develop under OC Bill Musgrave

Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and quarterback Christian Ponder have been brought back together after working with each other in Minnesota. Musgrave, 47, was the Eagles' QBs coach this past season and was the Vikings' offensive play-caller in the Twin City in 2013. Ponder was selected 12th overall by the Vikings in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder is starting to embrace his role as a backup quarterback

Oakland Raiders QB Christian Ponder has been through a lot since he arrived in the NFL. His time with the Minnesota Vikings was painful and forgettable as he never had a steady line to protect him. The Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater last year which meant that Ponder’s time there was over.Now he is with the Raiders and finds himself in the same position he was in last year. Derek...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder Taking Reps but Knows his Role with Oakland Raiders

Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers on October 02, 2014 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Mandatory Credit: John Konstantaras/Getty Images) With Raider Nation abuzz about a possible move to Los Angeles and the increasing concern over the ring-finger injury to quarterback Derek Carr, there...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

QB Ponder growing into his role as Raiders backup

Some would say that Christian Ponder is a little too young to play the role of a grizzled veteran backup. But that's exactly what the former Vikings quarterback is to the Raiders these days. With incumbent starter Derek Carr out as a precaution, Ponder finds himself in uncharted territory -- as the team's reliable No. 2 option. "It's nice to be out there getting reps," Ponder told...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

QB Christian Ponder makes most of opportunity with Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) After spending last season mired on the bench in Minnesota, Christian Ponder is happy for any chance he gets to work with the first-team offense. Even if that chance only comes in offseason workouts. Ponder has spent the past two weeks during the offseason program for the Oakland Raiders working with the top offense while starter Derek Carr nurses a finger injury...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Disagreeing with Bleacher Report’s best/worst offseason moves for the Raiders

Bleacher Report writer Russell Baxter published a piece listing the best and worst move for every NFL team today. The two listed for the Oakland Raiders are both somewhat confusing for anyone following the team closely. According to Baxter, the best move made by the Raiders this offseason was the signing of safety Nate Allen while the worst move was the signing of Christian Ponder...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

What J’Marcus Webb brings to the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders signed offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb on Thursday, adding to the depth on the offensive line. Webb becomes the 11th player signed by the Raiders during free agency this offseason and continues with the theme of building a complete team rather than just grabbing big names. Unlike the majority of the other ten signings, Webb will not compete for a starting job...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

An Ode To Shirtless Quarterbacks: Goodbye Christian Ponder

Last week, the Raiders announced that they had signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder to a deal in free agency. The deal is for one year, and will see Ponder head to the AFC West. The Raiders relied heavily upon quarterbacks Matt Schaub (who was also released last week after they signed Ponder to a deal) and then-rookie Derek Carr. Ponder will enter the mix...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Trent Richardson turn things around with Raiders?

Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports Trent Richardson was acquired by the Indianapolis Colts in hopes that he would become the missing piece that the Colts had in their backfield. Ryan Grigson and Jim Irsay envisioned him becoming a franchise running back alongside of Andrew Luck, and making the Colts an all-around offense rather than having to rely on Luck’s arm all the time. It certainly...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Release QB Matt Schaub

Quarterback Matt Schaub's short and expensive tenure in Oakland has come to an end. The 33-year-old veteran was released on Monday, the team announced. Schaub's release is unsurprising. On Friday, the Raiders added QB Christian Ponder and the team is saving $5.5 million in salary cap space by cutting the former Houston Texan. Since being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, Schaub...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Charles Woodson: ‘Vibe is crazy’ in Oakland

Charles Woodson is liking the direction the Oakland Raiders are headed. “From what I’ve seen so far, the vibe is crazy right now,” he said, per Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “A lot of positive energy coming from everybody in there.” “Any season I’ve gone to I’m looking at winning the Super Bowl,” he added. “I feel good about the direction. I...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders Add Quarterback Christian Ponder

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has signed with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Friday. Ponder adds depth to a position that includes starter Derek Carr and backups Matt McGloin and Matt Schaub. It's unlikely the team will retain four quarterbacks moving forward, especially since Oakland can gain $5.5 million in salary cap space by releasing Schaub....
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Ponder Reportedly Signs One-Year Deal with the Raiders

The Oakland Raiders must be attempting to spruce up their back up quarterback situation. They have reportedly signed Christian Ponder to a one-year deal. New Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, whom Ponder worked under for three years in Minnesota, wished to reunite with the Vikings’ first-round draft pick from 2011. The signing of Ponder likely closes the door on veteran...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings make offer to QB Shaun Hill

The Minnesota Vikings are in pursuit of a quarterback to backup starter Teddy Bridgewater after trading Matt Cassel and allowing Christian Ponder to hit free agency. According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings have made an offer to the 35-year-old Shaun Hill, and will be in touch with the quarterback’s agent on Monday afternoon. Hill, who spent his first NFL season in...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings working on new deal with Matt Asiata

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Vikings are hoping to take another step forward in the 2015 season towards the playoffs, but they have some work to do before that happens. According to a report from ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings are working on a new deal with running back Matt Asiata. #Vikings still aren’t close on a deal with Joe Berger. They’re working...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings interested in LB A.J. Hawk

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Vikings have been known for poaching former Green Bay Packers away from the team after they are released, and that could end up being the case once again this offseason. According to a report by Ben Goessling, the Vikings are interested in signing veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk. The #Vikings have expressed interest in former Packers...
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March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicting the Fate of the Vikings Current Free Agents

The Vikings don’t exactly have a loaded class of free agents for 2015, in fact, it’s a mildly gross group of guys. BUT, that doesn’t mean some of them won’t be coming back. Below is a quick breakdown of each free agent and our prediction if they will return in purple in 2015 or if their services will be taken elsewhere. Christian Ponder, Quarterback Years with the Vikings...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson on Vikings meeting: ‘We had a great dialogue’

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman spent more than four hours at Adrian Peterson’s home on Wednesday. Peterson told ESPN after the meeting that he appreciated Zimmer and Spielman coming down to Houston to meet with him. “I appreciate Rick [Spielman] and Coach [Mike] Zimmer coming down to see me today. We...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Uncertainty remains at signal-caller for Vikings, just not at starting spot

When the Minnesota Vikings ended the 2012 season, Christian Ponder was entrenched as the team's starting quarterback even though he was forced to miss the team's playoff game because of injury. Yet, the inconsistency that defined Ponder's career with Minnesota was still a bit evident and there was no firm feeling the Vikings had found themselves a long-term quarterback who could...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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