PHOENIX -- We've spent a fair amount of time discussing the Minnesota Vikings' attempts to fortify their offense around quarterback Christian Ponder, beginning with last year's decision to draft left tackle Matt Kalil and continuing this spring as they re-make their receiving corps. So when Ponder turned up Monday at the NFL owners meetings, close to his offseason training site in Arizona, it seemed fair to ask what he thought of the still-forming group of pass-catchers at his disposal.
Greg Jenningsjoins tight end Kyle Rudolph as potential high-level producers, but the question marks begin after that. Veteran Jerome Simpson was re-signed in hopes he has overcome the nerve damage that limited his 2012 season, and there are hopes for second-year player Jarius Wright and almost certainly a few rookies as well.
"Having a guy like Kyle, everyone knows our chemistry together and his ability as a player," Ponder said. "He was the Pro Bowl MVP. Him and adding Greg, he's obviously a great player as well. Jerome, he's going to be so much better having another year under his belt. I'm sure we'll take a guy or two in the draft, guys that can step up and play early.
"But having Adrian Peterson in the backfield helps. So I think we're really coming together as an offense."
It's tough to make a judgment on the Vikings' efforts before next month's draft. As we discussed last month, their most likely scenario all along featured a combination of free-agent signings and at least one significant draft pick. I have no idea if that means the first round or not, but this remains very much a work in progress.