"We'll see how it plays out once it goes to training camp," Ponder said via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "but obviously there's an agenda to try to get Teddy ready, and Cassel's the starter right now."
"(Bridgewater) is good," Ponder added. "He's got a great arm, and he's very accurate. He spins the ball really well. He's picking up things pretty quickly. I like him a lot."
By the time training camp ends, the Vikings will be concentrating on getting Cassel and Bridgewater ready for Week 1. That will leave Ponder dangling in the wind, a candidate for trade or release.
"It's not awkward -- I understand what's going on," Ponder said. "I had some opportunities that I didn't take full advantage of. If I would have played better, I wouldn't be in the situation here right now. We'll see how it plays out -- football's a crazy game."
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