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Updated: February 24th, 2012 1:39pm
Joe Webb likely to be strictly a QB in 2012, Leslie Frazier says

Joe Webb likely to be strictly a QB in 2012, Leslie Frazier says

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Joe Webb will be a full-time quarterback in 2012.

At least that's what Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he expects after postseason conversations about the best way to utilize the athletic signal-caller.

"We've talked about that as the season ended, and we've kind of settled on Joe being in that quarterback role," Frazier said on Friday at the NFL scouting combine.

"Although he can do a lot of different things, we really want to see him develop at the quarterback position. We're leaning, as we speak today, moving away from some of those other things he's capable of doing."

Webb played roughly 20 snaps at receiver last season and caught one pass for 9 yards. But he was at his best in relief of starting quarterback Christian Ponder at Detroit and Washington, where he led a comeback victory on Dec. 24.

"He's a viable No. 2 for us without question," Frazier said. "We feel he creates a lot of pressure for defenses having to defend him. We want to give him the best chance to really fulfill his potential as a quarterback."

General manager Rick Spielman has said multiple times the Vikings may sign a veteran backup quarterback -- perhaps Sage Rosenfels, who finished last season with the team.

Spielman also has refused to rule out the long-shot possibility of using the No. 3 overall pick in April's draft on a quarterback, and Frazier followed suit. The Vikings have interviews scheduled here with Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

"I think you have to do your due diligence, even though we have a guy we feel very confident with," Frazier said. "Our scouts, our personnel department -- everyone will do a good job evaluating both quarterbacks, and all the quarterbacks in this draft. We're confident Christian is going to be our guy and really lead us to good things in Minnesota."

Asked if Webb could push Ponder for the starting job, Frazier said, "It doesn't have to necessarily be a competition, because in our league, you need to have a solid backup quarterback. You saw some of the injuries Christian suffered in the games he had this year. Joe coming in really was a plus for us. We're going to need that."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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