Everyone knew following his disastrous showing during the playoffs that Joe Webb wouldn’t be a quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013. Instead of letting him go, though, the team decided to give the former sixth-round pick another try at wide receiver.
So far, it appears to be working out better than initially expected.
According to early reports, Webb is excelling during Vikings OTAs as a wide receiver, showing off capable hands while using the athleticism that made him such an intriguing prospect coming out of college. The more intricate aspects of the position, however, are still a work progress.
“All the concerns I have, I try to work on,” Webb said. “Everybody’s going to say catching the ball, running routes, getting open – that’s the main keys of a receiver. So, just continue to work on those things each day.”
It’s good to see that Webb is staying positive about the position switch.
Throughout his three-year NFL career, the 6’4’’, 220-pound Webb has played a total of 32 snaps at wide receiver, culminating in one catch for nine yards. During his time at UAB, he bounced back and forth between wide receiver and quarterback, and was drafted in 2010 as a wide receiver prospect. Still, to say that he’s unpolished as a pass-catcher is an understatement.
Webb will be competing during training camp with players such as Jerome Simpson, Stephen Burton and Chris Summers for playing time at wide receiver. While his rawness won’t help him, the fact that he’s so versatile and athletic gives him a leg up for the No. 4 or No. 5 gig.
It’s going to be an interesting journey for Webb, who has built up quite the fan backing with his electrifying athleticism and ability to make something out of nothing. If he can improve his route running, learn how to get off the line and pick up the other intricacies of playing wide receiver, there’s a good chance that he could stick around with the Vikings.
We’ll see what happens when training camp rolls around. Hopefully the end result will be as positive as Webb’s attitude towards the whole situation.