Vikings move quarterback Joe Webb to full-time receiver
In last season’s wild-card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings started Joe Webb at quarterback, giving him the nod because of an elbow injury to starter Christian Ponder.
Webb completed 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards, throwing a touchdown and an interception. He also ran seven times for 68 yards in the 24-10 loss to the Packers.
Now Webb’s quarterbacking days with the team are over.
“We had been talking about it for a while, and we made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft,” Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said.
Webb said he was told of the decision on the first day of the teams workouts. Webb does have some experience at the position, playing it his entire sophomore season in college.
“When I came back … Coach brought me in the office and talked to me about the different plans they had and stuff. It’s going to be very interesting,” Webb said. “I haven’t played it since my rookie minicamp, but I think I can adjust to it pretty good. You just have to put in a lot of work. Coach Stew [wide receivers coachGeorge Stewart] will do a lot of that with me, so we’ll see what happens.”
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Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Webb has done a good job catching the ball, and there’s a belief that because of his speed the coaches figure they can use Webb as a member of special teams and in other ways on offense.
Webb’s speed — he ran a 40 yard-dash in the low 4.4’s coming out of college — has proved to be a big advantage when he scrambled as a quarterback and should be an advantage as a receiver