Ponder capped a solid final week of training camp by going 9-for-14 with a touchdown and two sacks in various full-team drills. Five of those completions went to Jennings for a total of about 70 yards.
Just hours before throwing completions of 25 and 20 yards to Jennings, Ponder said he believes his accuracy on deep passes had improved.
"It was better than last year. I think there's still areas for improvement," he said. "Ever since the first day of spring, we've got the ball down the field more and that's exciting to see."
Ponder and the offensive starters have a set number of plays the coaching staff would like to reach during Friday's preseason game at Buffalo. Head coach Leslie Frazier estimated that would take the starters into the second quarter.
"We want to see a high level of execution and we want to keep developing this passing game and get some of those younger guys to keep progressing, which they are," Ponder said. "I think these next two games are crucial for us as a first-team offense and for everybody because we're going to get a lot of snaps."
One of the "young guys" that will be instrumental in helping the 31st-ranked passing offense from 2012 ascend is first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson, who wrapped up an impressive first training camp.
Patterson's big body and ability to get down the field were displayed several times, but he also showed some of the best hands on the team.
"A lot of ability. A lot of ability when the ball is in his hands to make big plays," Ponder said of one of his newest weapons in the passing game. "He's a big body, so a big target for us. Whether it's in the return game or as a receiver, when the ball is in his hands he's going to make guys miss and get some yards after the catch."
While Ponder had his struggles early in camp, he did appear to be finding a rhythm with his top four receivers – Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Patterson and Jarius Wright – in the final week.
"These last few practices have been some of his best practices from a decision-making standpoint, along with how he's handled himself around the huddle," Frazier said. "I've seen some growth and I'm looking forward to seeing how he plays on Friday night and just continuing to grow. But the growth and leadership is what's been impressive."
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