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Updated: May 14th, 2010 11:51am
Joe Webb to get shot at QB?

Joe Webb to get shot at QB?

by Tom Pelissero
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I was talking about the Minnesota Vikings' draft class last week with a longtime NFL personnel man when he expressed an interesting opinion about receiver-in-training Joe Webb.

"I've got a sneaking suspicion," the personnel man said, "that they might just work with this kid a little more at quarterback than people think."

Turns out that hunch might be correct.

Webb recently told the Birmingham News he got some work at quarterback -- the position he played throughout high school and most of his career at UAB -- during the Vikings' rookie camp and expects to see time there when organized team activity practices begin next week.

"The coaches liked me (at receiver), liked what I did out there and the athleti­cism I showed," said Webb, a sixth-round draft pick. "They also put me at quar­terback and had me throw the ball. They liked the way I threw the ball and now they want me to play quar­terback.

"Right now, it looks like when I go back, I'll get a shot at quarterback."

The move would make some sense because the Vikings could use another arm for drills, since starting quarterback Brett Favre has no intention of showing up for OTAs. There are three other quarterbacks on the roster: Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and rookie R.J. Archer.

If the Vikings project Webb as a receiver, though, it would seem prudent to give him as many reps as possible at his new position.

Perhaps, the plan merely is to keep Webb's arm sharp for the possibility of looking at him in a Wildcat role come the preseason. 

"He's a project as a receiver, but I think they're going to work with him a little bit more there (at QB)," the personnnel man said. "He's got good speed. He's got good size. He's got some quarterback skills, and kind of develop him kind of as a little bit of a multipurpose kind of guy."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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