Jeff George Mentoring Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder

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The Minnesota Vikings were one of the biggest surprises last season as nobody really expected them to make a playoff run, but with the type of weapons they had last year–expectations will be even higher in 2013. Not only should Adrian Peterson be in for another monster season, but the addition of Greg Jennings gives Christian Ponder another strong weapon in the passing game.

However, whether or not this team ends up being successful could heavily rely on the shoulders of Ponder.

While he’s shown potential at times over his first two seasons, the 2013 season could play a big role when determining whether or not Ponder will lead this team in the future. It’s one thing to adjust to playing at the NFL level, but the fact that Ponder failed to break the 3,000-yard mark last season shows just what type of quarterback he really is–even if the Vikings are known as a run-first team.

As a way to prepare for the 2013 season, Ponder has been using former NFL quarterback Jeff George as a mentor and hopefully–this move pays off for Minnesota. This is a team that has an opportunity to make some noise in the NFC next season and it will be important for Ponder to be on top of his game–which should be more easy with Jennings on board.

George is certainly experienced when it comes to playing quarterback in the big leagues–so let’s hope he can teach Ponder a thing or two to help the quarterback take his game to the next level.

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