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Joe Webb Moving (Back) To Wide Receiver?

Adam M. Bettcher

When the Minnesota Vikings originally drafted Joe Webb out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2010, the plan was to convert him from quarterback to wide receiver. Webb played receiver early in his UAB career, but spent his last couple of seasons at quarterback, where he became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

However, then-coach Brad Childress was allegedly so impressed with the way that Webb threw the football, he kept him at quarterback rather than moving him to receiver full-time. As a rookie, he saw time at quarterback, wide receiver, and even returned kicks in the Vikings' game against the Buffalo Bills that season.

With Christian Ponder firmly entrenched as the Vikings' starting quarterback and veteran Matt Cassel brought in to back him up, things look a bit bleak for Webb at the quarterback position in Minnesota. However, according to coach Leslie Frazier (from a Star-Tribune article by Sid Hartman quoting Frazier at a "sitdown" this past week), that may not be a concern any longer.

With the signing of veteran backup Matt Cassel, Frazier was asked if there's a chance that Joe Webb could be moved to a new position.

"[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," Frazier said. "That's something we'll continue to discuss as we go forward."

The 6'4", 220-pound Webb has all of the attributes that you could want in a wide receiver, if you don't count the fact that he doesn't run very good routes and doesn't have very good hands. He can run really fast and jump really high, which I guess is a start.

There's no denying that Joe Webb is an outstanding athlete. I'm not sure if anyone has ever denied that. But I don't think he really had much of a shot to make the team at quarterback in 2013. This gives him an opportunity to be a contributor to the 2013 Vikings. . .if it works out.