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Familiarity breeds more freedom for Ponder

Christian Ponder (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

Christian Ponder is being allowed more freedom in the offense the more familiar he gets with the offense and coordinator Bill Musgrave. Plus, Jerome Felton's efficiency as a blocker was rewarded by extended playing time, and find out just how young the Vikings have become.

When Christian Ponder took over for Donovan McNabb last year, one Vikings player said the playbook actually opened up more because of the then-rookie's greater understanding of the new scheme being implemented by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave in the post-lockout season. This year, there is even more freedom for Ponder in his second season in the offense with a full offseason of preparation...

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