Schein: Why Ponder will succeed
The implication is that Ponder hasn't had much help at receiver. We'd argue that Jennings is a downgrade from the departed Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph is developing into one of the best young tight ends in football. Still, the Vikings' receiver group is undeniably deeper this year after drafting Cordarrelle Patterson.
"He (Ponder) has always been a position where the stress and the pressure was on him, and he really didn't have the help around him to take that load off, outside of 'All Day' (Adrian Peterson). That's it," Jennings said.
It is possible to isolate and evaluate quarterback play regardless of the weapons around him. Ponder has struggled more than most other recent first-round draft picks at quarterback in his first two seasons. But it's only been two seasons. It's fair for Jennings to point out that Ponder is still early in his development.
If and when Ponder does turn his career around, Jennings can be the first in line to say, "Told you so."