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Ponder Setting Up Workouts with Rice and Harvin

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports Vikings first-round draft pick Christian Ponder said Monday he’s setting up workouts in Florida this week with Rice and Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Ponder, the 12th overall pick from Florida State, already had planned a workout with Harvin in Tampa when Rice inquired about joining them through Twitter direct messaging.

Rice spends part of his offseason in Miami, and Harvin is working out in the Tampa area.

“I hope it happens,” Ponder said. “That’s something I’m looking forward to. It’d be great to spend time with those guys on the field.”

Rice might be a restricted free agent, depending on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If unrestricted, the former Pro Bowl player is free to go to the highest bidder.

As far as Ponder knows, he’s the only Viking with new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s playbook. He got a playbook on the second day of the draft, the only day the lockout was lifted.

He’s willing to share with teammates what’s become his preferred reading on airplanes.

The Vikings have yet to schedule player-organized workouts such as other teams, but running back Adrian Peterson told Ponder at Tim Tebow’s golf tournament in early May of his interest to reunite Vikings in the Houston area.

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5 Responses to “Ponder Setting Up Workouts with Rice and Harvin”

  1. Dr. K says:

    This is good news. I was worried Ponder hadn’t gotten a playbook. I read somewhere that he hadn’t because it wasn’t ready at the time the lockout was lifted. The day or two the lockout was lifted opened the door for teams to get their playbooks in the hands of the players. (I guess even if they missed that window of opportunity they could get them out later and claim they gave it out during that time period.) Ponder seems like the type who will spend his time studying the playbook and be ready when the lockout is lifted.

  2. Vk4life says:

    Already trying to be a leader! Let’s hope other Vikes will join them!!

  3. Oscar Reed says:

    I wonder if they’ll do it, or are they just full of twit. If Percy works out with everyone he’s mentioned, he’ll be real busy. Oh, and I hope Joe Webb got a playbook too, since it’s a QB competition. And Bomar, for that matter.

  4. Lost Viking says:

    I miss Moss. For real.

  5. GBNordic says:

    I like to see the rookie showing that he trying to be a leader for the Vikes.

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