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Rookie Rudolph is Ponder's biggest backer

Kyle Rudolph (Jamie Squire/Getty)

Christian Ponder and Kyle Rudolph spent several weeks of the offseason training together and have formed a tight bond since being drafted in the first and second rounds, respectively. Now they get their chance to play together, and Rudolph is ultra-confident in Ponder's abilities.

The ascent of Christian Ponder may serve a dual purpose for the Vikings in both the short-term and long-term. As he becomes the Vikings' starting quarterback, he brings his best friend on the team – second-round rookie TE Kyle Rudolph – with him. While other players hemmed and hawed about whether it was justified to send a veteran like Donovan McNabb to the bench, Rudolph is embracing the...

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