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Notebook: Ponder has fair debut

Christian Ponder's preseason debut showed plenty of building blocks and a few areas to improve. In other words, a decent initial showing for a first-round rookie quarterback. Plus, get more than 20 notes to tell the tale of the tape.

As debuts go, Christian Ponder's first outing wasn't an artistic success, but it wasn't a disaster, either. He had four drives in the game, taking over midway through the third quarter and had both good moments and bad. In his first NFL pass, the Vikings' first-round pick completed a 10-yard pass to fellow rookie Kyle Rudolph for a first down on his first play from scrimmage. But his...

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