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Continued: Vikings turn focus to next plan: Shrugging off loss to Buffalo

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 18, 2013 - 3:40 PM

Of the 20 passing plays called for Ponder this preseason, 19 have come from the shotgun, an increased emphasis in the ongoing attempt to increase the quarterback’s comfort level. That figures to change some when Peterson re-enters the mix. But Ponder remains appreciative that Frazier and coordinator Bill Musgrave are adapting to his strengths.

Said Frazier: “When he had success for us last season, a lot of it happened when he was in the gun as well as some of the things we run in play action. So we want to play to his strong suits. And that’s one of them — putting him in the gun and letting him be able to see things.”

Ponder said he believes the 49ers game will allow him to see exactly where the offense is and where it needs to go.

Friday’s loss in Buffalo? Frustrating for sure. But far from disconcerting. Hence all those shrugs.

“We understand what preseason is like,” Ponder said. “If this was a game that counted, it would be tough. But this is more of a practice for us. We’re excited for next week. That’s going to be the more important test.”

 

Dan Wiederer • dan.wiederer@startribune.com

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