Can we conclude anything from offseason OTAs and minicamps where hitting isn't allowed and guys aren't wearing full gear? I don't think so. But following coverage of these Vikings events the past couple of weeks, I can't quite shake the uneasiness I have about what I'm hearing regarding Christian Ponder's play during these practices - something, I think, ESPN's Kevin Seifert captures quite well in this post.
We know Ponder didn't have an optimum development scenario during his rookie year. We know he had no deep threats or end zone threats at wide receiver to throw to last year. But to read about him throwing double-clutch interceptions, overthrowing wide open receivers and the like, well, that's worrisome.
Granted, this is a good time to be fucking up. But when I consider how important it is for Ponder to play well in order for the Vikings to be a factor in the NFC, I'd really rather be reading how he's throwing lasers all over the place. I also can't imagine quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers or Peyton Manning or even Colin Kaepernick struggling like Ponder did in some of these practices.
I wouldn't say I'm anything close to panicking at this point. Just call it a case of fatherly concern.