I said that I was going to look at a solution for a third-string quarterback for the Vikings with my next post. It took all of two comments on the previous post for somebody to figure out what that solution is.
(I don't know if "igjoe" was reading over my shoulder or if he's just psychic. Either way, it's kind of creepy.)
But yes, the guy that I think the Vikings should take a stab at to be their third-string quarterback for the rest of the season, and a developmental project going forward, is current Denver Broncos quarterback. . .and former Minnesota Golden Gophers signal caller. . .Adam Weber.
Weber was born in Shoreview, Minnesota, and graduated from Mounds View High School in 2006. He started for the Gophers from the very first game of his freshman year, and given the circumstances that he was facing was relatively impressive.
He completed 909 passes in 1594 attempts (a 57% completion rate), and threw 72 touchdown passes to 51 interceptions. Hindering a lot of those numbers was the fact that, in four seasons as the Gophers' starting quarterback, he had three different offensive coordinators. He was asked to be a spread-option quarterback, he was asked to be a pro-style quarterback, and in both cases didn't have a heck of a lot of time to get comfortable in either system.
He's got pretty decent size at 6'3" and 220 pounds, and the accounts coming out of Broncos training camp were that he was playing pretty impressively for a guy that was an undrafted free agent and, literally, didn't have anything to go off of until right before training camp.
Is Weber a raw prospect? Yeah, he sure is, but that's generally what the third spot on the quarterback depth chart is for. I have to think that Joe Webb's days as a quarterback are numbered, as the team is set at quarterback with Christian Ponder and has such a lack of weapons offensively that they have to get a guy with Webb's talent on the field somehow. This team isn't looking at this season by any stretch anyway. . .they could sign Weber to a contract (and taking a guy from another team's practice squad means that they have to stay on your active roster for three weeks, which Weber almost certainly would), let him hold a clipboard for the rest of the season, and bring him in next year with a full training camp and an opportunity to be the primary backup at quarterback.
Thoughts, ladies and gentlemen? Is Adam Weber the kind of player you'd like the Vikings to bring in to fill out the quarterback depth chart?