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Saturday slant: From ‘defeated' to leader

Christian Ponder (Joe Robbins/Getty)

Christian Ponder has improved his stats in the last month, but he's also improved his leadership. Teammates say Ponder has become more vocal and say that's a necessary trait for a successful team.

Is it possible to go from "looking defeated" to becoming the outspoken, out-front leader of one of the hottest NFL teams in just a matter of weeks? To hear Minnesota Vikings players tell the story of Christian Ponder's maturation, that's how it went down. Ponder has stepped forward at the end of his second season with more of a vocal presence in addition to improving his statistics. In the last...

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