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Report: Webb may get shot at QB

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Brett Favre, Sage Rosenfels, Sidney Rice, Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings quarterbacks, Vikings rookies, Vikings draft Updated: May 14, 2010 - 1:35 PM

We heard rumblings from the Vikings' recent rookie camp that sixth-round pick Joe Webb was given an opportunity to throw the football and looked very good doing so. This was interesting since the Vikings had said they were going to move Webb from quarterback to wide receiver after they drafted him.

It looks like that plan might have been a bit premature. At least if you listen (or read) what Webb told The Birmingham News.

"The [Vikings] coaches liked me [at receiver], liked what I did out there and the athleti­cism I showed,” said Webb, who played quarterback last season at Alabama-Birmingham. “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.”

If that's the case the Vikings will have four quarterbacks when they begin Organized Team Activities on Tuesday. That list will include Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels, Webb and undrafted rookie R.J. Archer. Even if Webb is left at wide receiver he will give the Vikings another offensive option.

There is no doubting Webb's athletic ability. Here is a story the Star Tribune's Mark Craig wrote on Webb during the rookie camp this month. Webb became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, and he would be a natural to take some snaps in the wildcat formation. Webb, though, said after the draft his focus had shifted to being a receiver.
 
“Ever since the Senior Bowl I’ve been working a lot with my technique and running ability so I’m getting comfortable at it,” Webb said. “I’m just looking forward to going up there and showing them what I’ve got.”
 
There is a good chance if Webb does make the roster, and it's as a receiver, he could get a chance to throw the ball on a few trick plays. Wide receiver Sidney Rice also has an outstanding arm and has gotten the opportunity to throw the football on occasion.
 
“They told me I was something like a lottery pick because I can do a lot of things,” Webb told the newspaper. “I play quarterback, receiver, spe­cial teams. I think that’s a big plus on my side and I’m just looking at opportunities to get better.”
 
One quarterback Webb won't get a chance to meet at the offseason program is Brett Favre. Favre still hasn't decided if he will return for the 2010 season but his locker is still intact at Winter Park. 
 
“I saw Brett Favre’s locker and was like, ‘Man, that’s crazy right there,'" Webb said of his first experience seeing Favre's locker. “I’ve been watching this man play for a long time. It’s touched my heart because I did a lot of work to get there. I’m just enjoy­ing the moment.”
 
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