It's a move that the Viking are in position to make after signing backup quarterback Matt Cassel to a two-year deal in the offseason, and it's a move that wouldn't be unjustified if Ponder continues to struggle. Over his career, Ponder has posted a completion percentage under 60, and has averaged over a turnover per game. With a ball-hawking Bears defense up next on the Vikings schedule, Ponder will have to be at his best to cool-down the hot seat beneath him.
Fantasy Spin: Should Ponder eventually get benched for Cassel, it may not give the talented pass-catching corps in Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph much of a boost. With Cassel at the helm in Kansas City a season ago, the numbers of usual WR1 Dwayne Bowe took a hit, and with the run-first game plan of the Vikings, not much better could be expected in their passing game. For fantasy purposes, Ponder being benched for Cassel would be a lateral move.
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