Plenty of questions hovered over Christian Ponder going into this offseason. One of the biggest of these concerned his size and whether the relatively small QB could handle being pounded game after game. It was a valid concern given the injuries Ponder suffered in 2011, which seemed directly related to his lack of stature. But this might be less of a concern now that Ponder has reportedly added 19 pounds, going from 212 to 233.
Leslie Frazier’s reaction to the new beefed-up Ponder? “We were (pleased),” Frazier said. “What he did with his muscle to fat ratio, he put on muscle he didn’t put on fat. You’re looking at a guy that actually has a lean body mass that’s less than it was when he was 215, 220. He’s put on the right kind of weight and that’s what you want. You want lean muscle and that’s what he’s done.”
At 233, will Ponder be able to better absorb the hits that seemingly took their toll on his body and frankly his mind during his tough rookie campaign? Maybe. I do know he can now flex like a champ. Most of that 19 pounds appears to be in his biceps, as this tweeted image attests.
Eat your heart out Ken Patera.