Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said he has heard fans booing him this preseason, the Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports.

Ponder, who said he is open to a trade last week, is the Vikings third-string quarterback, behind Matt Cassel and 2014 first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater.

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"I think everyone hears it," Ponder said. "It's part of the game, so it's whatever. I block it out. I do hear it, but I understand why they're doing it. But for me, I got to go out there and play regardless of what they're doing."

So, according to Ponder, why are they doing it?

"Honestly, I didn't play as well when I had my opportunities, so usually the boos come out when that happens," Ponder said.

The Viking drafted Ponder with the No. 12 pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and he has started 35 games for the team. After starting all 16 games in 2012, the 26-year-old lost the starting job to Cassel last season.

During his three seasons, Ponder has thrown 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, while also losing 11 fumbles.

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