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Ponder working the crowd early

Christian Ponder (Darron Cummings/AP)

QB Christian Ponder hasn't wasted much time trying to engender support from his new teammates, fans and coaches. He is saying and writing all the right things to get his new relationships started off right.

Christian Ponder is taking this leadership thing seriously. Without the ability to work out at the Vikings' Winter Park practice facility with new teammates, Ponder took to his Twitter page on the day he was drafted and used it in the days afterwards to welcome new rookies to the team. His first tweet after joining the Vikings on April 28: "It's great to be a Minnesota VIKING!!!!!!!!" The...

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