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Webb won't be moving to receiver

Posted by: under Vikings, NFL draft, Brad Childress, Vikings offense, Brad Childress, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice Updated: August 25, 2010 - 11:13 AM

The Vikings selected Joe Webb in the sixth round of the NFL draft last April with the intention of moving the college quarterback to wide receiver.

That happened for exactly one rookie minicamp. It was at that point the Vikings gave Webb an audition as a quarterback, liked what they saw and decided they would rather have him throwing passes than catching them. 

He has remained at quarterback, despite the fact many fans now seem to think the Vikings should give him a chance at receiver after Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery that could sideline for at least half the season and Percy Harvin again has been dealing with migraines.

Vikings coach Brad Childress, however, said that option has been talked about and dismissed.

“We discussed it but he would have been a work in progress there as well," Childress said. "If you remember he played quarterback last year so we would have been working with a rough piece of clay there. Obviously, a superb athlete but he needs work at what he’s doing right now.”
A guy that might make the most sense to move to wide receiver -- if it comes to that -- would be Darius Reynaud. Reynaud worked as a receiver for his first two seasons with the Vikings before moving to running back during the offseason. However, Reynaud said he knows of no plan to move him at this point.
"Not really, no, they just told me to still know my stuff at receiver in case something ever happens," Reynaud said. "If something ever did happen I wouldn't mind going back to playing receiver. ... It hasn't been that long since I've played [there], it's been a couple of months so I still know all the routes, the concepts of receiver. So I didn't lose anything."


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