"I thought it would be hard and probably should have had better planning," Ponder, the Vikings' first-round draft pick, told the newspaper about scheduling the informal minicamp immediately after the Memorial Day weekend. "We'll definitely do it again, and hopefully a bunch more guys will show up. ... I talked to a few guys, some other guys we couldn't get a hold of. ... We got some good work in. To be around some of the guys was good for me."
An on-field practice was washed away by heavy rains Wednesday, so the players expanded their work with the playbook. Another workout was planned for Thursday.
"Coming down here with these guys, pushing one another, it makes it fun," he said. "I've worked harder in the last two days than I think I have in the month I've been working by myself. It's all day, from 8 a.m. until, like, 4:30. It doesn't even seem like work because you're having such a good time with everybody."