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Vikings consider switching QB Joe Webb back to WR

4/14/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

At the time the Minnesota Vikings signed Matt Cassel last month, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier insisted that he didn’t have any intentions of moving incumbent backup quarterback Joe Webb back to wide receiver back a poor showing at quarterback last season.
 
But Leslie Frazier shifted his stance again and sees no better opportunity than to utilize Joe Webb’s athleticism at a position that could benefit from his speed and ability to jump incredibly high.
 
"(Webb) is such a talented athlete that we want to make sure that we're doing the right thing by him and our team, as well," said Leslie Frazier this week. "That's something we'll continue to discuss as we go forward."
 
As a quarterback, Joe Webb has proven he doesn't run very good routes and lacks steady hands. Joe Webb has caught only one pass in his three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, his struggles were again highlighted in the playoffs loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round, where hit Webb threw only 11-of-30 passes  for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
 
With the Minnesota Vikings thin at receiver behind Greg Jennings, following Percy Harvin’s departure to the Green Bay Packers, Joe Webb could find the depth chart pretty open to see increased playing time. The 6'4", 220-pound Joe Webb’s physique and attributes seem better suited for playing wideout since he can run really fast and has a very high vertical jump.
 
During his entire NFL career, Joe Webb has started only one game at receiver, catching a 9-yard pass on five targets in the 2011 season.
 
The 26-year-old Joe Webb was initially signed as a wide receiver in 2010 by the Minnesota Vikings, before they started to experiment with his presence at the position. Needless to say, it was a failed experiment, but the Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to select another quarterback in the early rounds of the NFL draft.
 
Joe Webb boasts collegiate experience at both wide receiver and quarterback positions, as he came out of the University of Florida becoming the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He remained a wide receiver averaging 15.3 yards per catch with three touchdowns, and moved to quarterback the following season. However, Joe Webb still worked out as a wideout on his pro day, clocking 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, bench-pressing 225 pounds 21 times, and recording a 42.5-inch vertical jump.
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