Reports have recently surfaced that Percy Harvin wanted out of Minnesota because he had no faith in starting quarterback Christian Ponder. Harvin got his wish, and was traded to Seattle for three draft picks. Ponder, however, wasn’t fazed by what his former No. 1 receiver had to say about him.
Via Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Ponder said that “I haven’t put too much thought into it. If that was his opinion, that’s unfortunate. But he’s a Seahawk now, so it doesn’t really matter.”
Harvin’s criticism’s of Ponder are warranted to some degree, as Ponder finished last year 25th in the NFL in passing yards (2.935), 18th in passing touchdowns (18) and 22nd in passer rating (82.1)- not exactly numbers that inspire much faith. But, in Ponder’s defense, that was only his second year in the NFL and his first full year as a starter, and outside of Harvin and rookie TE Kyle Rudolph, he didn’t have much to throw to.
Either way, it’s water under the bridge now. Harvin’s gone, the Vikings have two first round picks to build a better offense around Ponder and show that they made the right decision by standing by their young franchise quarterback while at the same time dealing away one of the most versatile players in the NFL.