He hasn't looked that way of late. The second-year pro has failed to eclipse 63 passing yards in two of the Vikings' last three games, a startling level of production that has some wondering if Ponder's job is in jeopardy.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks that he doesn't plan to make any changes at this time.
"I really haven't thought about pulling him for a game and taking him out for a series or anything like that," Frazier said Sunday, via ESPN Twin Cities.
Watching Sunday's game, it was jarring to see the difference between Ponder and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson is the rookie, but he looked confident and under control in leading the Seahawks. Ponder was quick to bail on the pocket and apprehensive about taking any chances downfield.
Frazier might not be considering a change in personnel, but it's obvious some type of adjustment is necessary. Percy Harvin's frustration with the passing game boiled over Sunday in a heated conversation with Frazier that Fox cameras captured. Meanwhile, running back Adrian Peterson's magnificent 182-yard performance went to waste.
Ponder's backup is Joe Webb, a 2010 sixth-round draft pick who already might be at his ceiling. Ponder's job is safe for now. But for how long?