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Vikings must find more toys for Ponder

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By Eric Edholm

Rookie QB Christian Ponder isn't likely to play in Week 14 with a hip pointer, but that still doesn't diminish the fact that the team must find him more tools in the shed for next season. The offensive line remains patchy and the defense has plenty of holes to fill, too, for next season. But it's clear that Ponder could use more in the form of playmakers. On the positive side, RB Adrian Peterson is a quarterback's best friend, able to tenderize defenses and set up favorable field position and down-and-distance situations. And WR Percy Harvin has shown in three seasons that, when healthy, he's as good a run-after-the-catch slot receiver as there is in the NFL. Throw in TE Kyle Rudolph with his excellent catching radius and athleticism, and the foundation is in place. But the team still needs another flanker and a split end to go with Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, who would not project to top-three receivers on some of the more high-octane offenses in the NFL. The chronic health concerns of Peterson and Harvin make the need even greater.

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