After getting his first repetitions with the offense and not just the scout team in practice last week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Christian Ponder was on the active 46-man roster for the first time this season Sunday in Atlanta.
So, with three games left in the season at the time of his promotion to above Blaine Gabbert on the depth chart, why now?
"Because we’ve seen him in practice do some really good things and earn a spot," Kelly said. "It’s got nothing to do with Kap. I thought Kap played well [against Atlanta]. It’s just that [Ponder] earned the spot as the No. 2. I think he and Blaine are battling. Blaine’s been great, and I think both of those guys can play, but you can only dress two right now. We may dress three next week because we won’t have enough [players] to dress."
It wasn't a surprise that Ponder was the backup to Colin Kaepernick in a season during which he's been the only of the team's three quarterbacks not to get an opportunity to play in coach Chip Kelly's offense, the story said. When Ponder began getting more than scout team work, it was a clear signal he was going to get a chance to be active sooner rather than later.
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:41pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 3:11pm
Related players: Carlos Hyde
Davis, Harris and Draughn likely split this workload. Last week Harris got 13 touches while Davis had seven and Draughn six.
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 2:40pm
Related players: Garrett Celek
With McDonald sidelined, Garrett Celek is once again a Sneaky Start. He posted 5-79 on five targets last week.
Related players: Garrett Celek
McDonald (hip) and Garrett Celek (back) were both questionable coming into this contest, but Celek is active and would appear to get the start today.
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 2:42pm
Monday, September 12, 2016, 9:19pm
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 4:47pm
Originally the 12th overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Ponder (6-2, 230) has appeared in 38 games (36 starts), completing 632 passes for 6,658 yards and 38 touchdowns, and 26 rushes for 639 yards and seven touchdowns, during his time in Minnesota (2011-14). Ponder signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 13, 2015, and spent training camp with the team before being released on September 5, 2015. He later signed with the Denver Broncos on November 25, 2015, where he was inactive for two games for Denver and later released on December 8, 2015.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 8:31pm
Manning had a walking cast and boot removed last week and is set to begin light throwing Wednesday.
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:44pm
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 7:16pm
As expected, WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, finger) is active tonight.
The Dallas Cowboys will place their starting quarterback on the injured reserve/designated to return list on Tuesday, according to a source, which will keep him out for the next eight weeks as he recovers from a broken left collarbone. Romo will not have surgery to repair the collarbone.
Romo will miss seven games because of the Cowboys' Oct. 18 bye week.
Brandon Weeden will be the starter in Romo's absence and the team is working out Christian Ponder, Josh Johnson, Matt Flynn and McLeod Bethel-Thompson but could also look to call up Kellen Moore from the practice squad.
The move to short-term injured reserve opens up a roster spot for the Cowboys. Last year the Cowboys placed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on the list at the start of the season because of a foot injury and he missed the first eight games of his rookie season. Had the Cowboys placed wide receiver Dez Bryant, who is recovering from foot surgery, on the list, then they would have had to have kept Romo on the 53-man roster. A team can use the designation on only one player.
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