A lot of eyes will be on quarterback Christian Ponder as the Vikings open their first of three organized workouts this week. Most media members and Vikings fans are of the opinion that Matt Cassel has the position locked up, and some are confident Ponder, the former first-round draft choice from Florida State, won’t be a member of the team when the Vikings report to Mankato for training camp in late July.

I happened to disagree. I believe there is a chance Ponder will do a lot better this year under Norv Turner’s new offensive system.

In a recent interview with Ponder, he appeared confident that he will surprise people with his performance this year.

Ponder was asked how he perceived the offseason moves, including a two-year, $10 million contract for Cassel in March.

“I expected Matt to come back, and that’s good for this team and even good for me,” Ponder said. “Competition is great for anybody, plus me and Matt have such a good relationships already.”

Ponder also said he was sure the Vikings were going to draft a quarterback, because he and Cassel were the only two on the roster before the selection of Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick in the draft.

“It’s a competition,” Ponder said. “Whether it’s Joe Montana or someone else here, it’s a competition. It’s fun. It’s fun to compete. You know when I first got here, Donovan [McNabb] came in and played, and I got the ability to go out and play and Donovan left and there wasn’t much competition going on in there. So this is going to be good for all of us and push us to be our best.”

Ponder was asked about the implementation of the new offensive system.