Ponder and Harvin have been texting back and forth, and Ponder says the Vikings' playmaker is preparing for camp despite expressing unhappiness with his situation earlier this offseason.
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"I never brought up his situation, but he's ready to go," Ponder said Saturday at an event benefiting the Vikings Children's Fund. "He's doing fine."
During a whirlwind three days last month, Harvin requested a trade from the Vikings, missed a mandatory practice session, only to return a day later saying the issue had been resolved. Harvin, who is scheduled to make $2.47 million over the final two years of his rookie deal, tweeted at the time that his displeasure wasn't financially related.
A report earlier this month said Harvin would be at training camp on time, which Ponder's comments support.
• Ponder also told the Pioneer Press that the Vikings' receiving corps is a "strong point," noting he is excited by 2012 fourth-round draft picks Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, and last-year's seventh-round draft pick Stephen Burton. "He's really impressing," Ponder said of Burton. "His route-running looks a lot better, and he's catching the ball really well. His hands got better."
• Veteran wideout Michael Jenkins caught the ball well during minicamp but was having trouble planting on his surgically-repaired knee and didn't look comfortable running, according to Ponder. Jenkins had surgery on his meniscus in November. "As soon as his knee gets better he'll be a lot better," Ponder said.