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Vikings make Webb a full-time receiver

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Drafted in the sixth round three years ago as a receiver, Joe Webb has returned to that position.

According to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings made the move after signing quarterback Matt Cassel and drafting receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and

“We had been talking about it for a while, and we made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft,” coach Leslie Frazier said.

Webb also is expected to contribute on special teams.

“It’s going to be very interesting,” Webb said. “I haven’t played it since my rookie minicamp, but I think I can adjust to it pretty good.  You just have to put in a lot of work.  [Receivers coach George Stewart] will do a lot of that with me, so we’ll see what happens.”

The link to the arrival of Cassel is obvious; the connection to the arrival of Patterson is less clear.  It could be that, with Patterson considered to be a longer-term project, the Vikings decided that they need Webb to contribute now while Patterson is working to realize his potential.

For Webb, the stakes are high.  He enters his contract year with Minnesota after three full seasons as a quarterback.  Webb now will be playing a less lucrative position, and he’ll have only a year to make an impact before hitting the open market.

Still, it sounds like he wants to stay with the Vikings.  “I love Minnesota,” Webb said. “They’ve welcomed me like a son to a father, and it’s a great city.  I love playing for the fans, and I think it’s a great fan base here, great atmosphere, great place to play.”

Webb arguably can’t be too upset about the move.  He finally got a chance to show what he could do at quarterback during the 2012 playoffs, and he failed badly.  It’s arguably overdue for the Vikings to realize that he’s one of the better athletes on the team, and that he should be on the field as much as possible, in some capacity.

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  1. unbiasfan says: May 15, 2013 11:25 PM

    Minnesota Vikings 2013-2014 NFL champions #werethebestteamintheague #everyotherteamisbad

  2. spiderperv says: May 15, 2013 11:25 PM

    I blame the rash of arm bruises.

  3. PriorKnowledge says: May 15, 2013 11:27 PM

    Hey! Tim Tebow! Are you listening?

  4. antalicus says: May 15, 2013 11:28 PM

    About time, and now with greg jennings to guide him he could become a good receiver.

  5. johnnytarr says: May 15, 2013 11:30 PM

    He should try to go to a team like Washington or Carolina. He might do well there. Hell of an athlete but is he a football player. Sounds like a great teammate.

  6. mikefromla says: May 15, 2013 11:31 PM

    The way the Vikes evaluate talent at the qb position has to make you nervous about Ponder.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 15, 2013 11:32 PM

    By default.

  8. inyofaceagain says: May 15, 2013 11:35 PM

    It will be nice to see if this guy can harness his athletic ability and be a successful WR
    Im rootin for ya Joe!

  9. knucklehead93 says: May 15, 2013 11:35 PM

    Smart move.

  10. sherlock30 says: May 15, 2013 11:39 PM

    It’s about time! He was never NFL QB material but this kid is a heck of an athlete. I can’t wait to see what he does after having an entire off-season working at the receiver position. Prediction – 85 catches 1,075 yards.

  11. seatownballers says: May 15, 2013 11:39 PM

    Bout time!
    Ponder might do something between webb, Patterson, jennings

  12. davikes says: May 15, 2013 11:41 PM

    Common sense finally prevails. I hope Webb can run a route and catch at the NFL level. After the Green Bay game, he’s a punchline, but he’s 6’4″, 220, with 4.4 speed and serious jumping ability. Hopefully the Vikes can find a way to use that talent.

  13. monkeyhateclean says: May 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    Aside from triggering fundie-gasms everywhere he publicly appears, Webb is in much the same boat as Tim Tebow.

    Both are athletically gifted athletes who happened to play QB in college, yet made as many plays with their legs as their arms.

    Sadly, both have learned the hard way that NFL football is not college football, and everyone they play against is as good or better an athlete as they are.

    They need to rapidly read defenses. They need to quickly adapt when their reads are incorrect. They need to digest very limited information, extremely fast, and use it to make good decisions. And they need to do all of this consistently, or be demonized.

    As such, both Webb and Tebow will be far better off as non-quarterback NFL players.

  14. matthewcarlson1 says: May 15, 2013 11:42 PM

    Idk where everyone is getting this “raw” crap. They didn’t take him in the first round to sit on the bench. He’s starting day 1 opposite Jennings with Wright in the slot and Webb being a gimmick that won’t work. Patterson is better than anything we had last year regardless of how uncooked he is.

  15. nedhigginssports says: May 15, 2013 11:44 PM

    Thank god. To say that watching him attempt to play quarterback in the playoff game against the Packers was painful would be putting it lightly. Guy made Christian Ponder look like Johnny U.

  16. pack13queens0 says: May 15, 2013 11:46 PM

    He’ll be dropping passes just as bad as he throws them.

  17. icecubeusedtobeangry says: May 15, 2013 11:47 PM

    He is an asset to the team, I am pleased to see the Vikings are invested in using him more often.

  18. darkneptune73 says: May 15, 2013 11:49 PM

    This is it, Webb. Show us Viking fans that you deserve to stay after 2013. Learn that playbook, learn the routes, learn to catch the football, and learn to seperate yourself from the defender.

    This is your last chance. Don’t blow it.

  19. dowhatifeellike says: May 15, 2013 11:49 PM

    I’m sure at this point he’s just happy that he’ll get the chance to play regularly. I don’t think anyone would be knocking down his door next year looking for him to be their backup QB.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: May 15, 2013 11:50 PM

    I’m pretty sure it was the Packers that made Webb a full time receiver.

  21. lnfinite says: May 15, 2013 11:52 PM

    Bout time!

  22. nyyjetsknicks says: May 15, 2013 11:52 PM

    Webb now will be playing a less lucrative position, and he’ll have only a year to make an impact before hitting the open market.


    Playing > not playing.

  23. northfootball89 says: May 15, 2013 11:54 PM

    Great athlete, not so great football player.

  24. mp4philly says: May 15, 2013 11:57 PM

    The Eagles have never been right since he beat them that Tuesday night.

  25. bryco9 says: May 16, 2013 12:01 AM

    Huge mistake, first he should have been starting the whole time and Ponder should have never been drafted. Ponder was a HUGE reach at #12, and the Vikings had more important holes to fill on defense and WR.
    Had Webb been handed the ball and told it’s your team, your the QB, and built the offense around his strengths, Webb and the Vikings would be better off today. He is not a WR and he will not succeed at that position, he’ll be released in training camp. Just watch, and the Vikings will be drafting a QB come next spring, Johnny Football here we come.

  26. slickster35 says: May 16, 2013 12:01 AM

    Relying on Cassel as your back up QB is like relying on Obama to ever balance a budget.

    Neither are a good idea.

  27. gripless says: May 16, 2013 12:02 AM

    Nice kid, can’t play.

    Desparation move to try and keep him on the roster but it won’t work.

    There is a reason they move you to receiver from quartback at the senior bowl!

    Oh, but he can’t catch or run routes.

  28. boswivel says: May 16, 2013 12:04 AM

    Minnesota is a pretty awesome state, especially considering its proximity to the Arctic Circle.

  29. sickoe47 says: May 16, 2013 12:05 AM

    Are you sure thats a good move,with matt cassell as your back up QB more power to you.

  30. williamjheinecke says: May 16, 2013 12:07 AM

    And somewhere Tebow is screaming “Nooooooooooooo!”

  31. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 16, 2013 12:07 AM

    So when will the Vikes make Ponder a waterboy? Four, five years overdue?

  32. ozymandias121 says: May 16, 2013 12:08 AM

    After that playoff “performance” I could see why they made the change.

  33. GenXJay says: May 16, 2013 12:13 AM

    Thanks cheeseheads. The Vikes got a Qb minded Wr w/huge athleticism.

  34. mnajb says: May 16, 2013 12:15 AM

    “The link to the arrival of Cassel is obvious; the connection to the arrival of Patterson is less clear.”

    If Patterson is taking over for Sherels at punt returns, in addition to kick returns, Sherels is probably gone. Perhaps Webb may be replacing Sherels for the dirty work of special teams, on the kick coverage team.

  35. manilarizzo says: May 16, 2013 12:15 AM

    I’m sure he’ll be the starting QB of the Jets by the ’14 season anyway.

  36. reppster says: May 16, 2013 12:17 AM

    Nothing against Webb, but for the love of God get rid of this guy! He is worthless to this team.

  37. mellish225 says: May 16, 2013 12:23 AM

    Good luck. He’s got three months to learn WR, and never learned a dang thing about QB in three years. Webb will be catching passes next year – in the CFL, from Tebow.

  38. paulcanavati says: May 16, 2013 12:26 AM

    Sigh…just cut the guy now so he can find a team. He’s not going to beat out Jennings, Patterson, Wright, Simpson or Childs/Rodney Smith/Burton/whoever else is competing for that fifth spot

  39. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: May 16, 2013 12:27 AM

    Oh man. What a suprise

  40. negativeman89 says: May 16, 2013 12:32 AM

    This should have happened three years ago.

  41. truthserum4u says: May 16, 2013 12:38 AM

    Maybe the connection to Patterson’s arrival is that they only selected one receiver in the draft and the position could use more help. Or maybe with having two raw, but extremely gifted athletes at WR, the Vikings are hoping Patterson and Webb will push each other to improve at a faster rate.

    Other than that I got nothin’.

  42. underlinebmx says: May 16, 2013 12:41 AM

    he will probably end up playing WR or QB for another club after camp…

  43. spawn201 says: May 16, 2013 12:45 AM

    Its about time they moved him receiver. He is capable of making big plays. He just was not consintant enough at quarterback. Hopefully by moving him to receiver they will be able to take advantage of his athletic ability.

  44. tokyosandblaster says: May 16, 2013 12:45 AM


  45. maniccatastrophe says: May 16, 2013 12:46 AM

    about freakin time If he can catch and run routes he has a chance. He’s got the size and speed to succeed as an outside threat

  46. brewdogg says: May 16, 2013 1:06 AM

    End-arounds, WR screens, and short slants. Maybe some lining up in the backfield and trick plays to use his arm. Ironically, he will likely be used in much the same way that Harvin was, albeit probably less effectively.

  47. shaggytoodle says: May 16, 2013 1:12 AM

    I have said it a dozen times, that I didn’t like the Patterson pick. I think the fact that they feel Webb is a better option right now than Patterson speaks to that a bit.

    I will be bashed again for saying it. They had other options that would have been better pure receivers. It would have gone farther in helping Ponder as a QB.

    Instead they got a player that if he reaches his potential will be Harvin with a better attitude.

    Webb was drafted as a project too, at least they waited until the 6th round to take him.

  48. northstarnic says: May 16, 2013 1:14 AM

    Love it. Good luck, Webb. This is your year – make or break.

  49. themackstrong says: May 16, 2013 1:25 AM

    After watching him as a “QB” in the playoffs I think the world knew a change had to be coming. Ponder looked like Johnny U in comparison

  50. golforepar says: May 16, 2013 1:42 AM

    So who was 3rd string QB? Vikings are the only team he could have made it onto the roster!

  51. rightwingguy says: May 16, 2013 2:49 AM

    Can’t wait to see him running by people, a move long overdue. Has great running skills and should be a good weapon.

  52. bleedtwincitiessports says: May 16, 2013 3:05 AM

    About time… I’ve been saying he’s whole career that he wasn’t a QB, but we kept him there. After he’s playoff performance last year, it was a no brainer to move him to a deferent position, or release him. He will be the 4th or 5th receiver on the roster but will still get some plays called for him. I imagine a little wildcat also.

  53. redviking84 says: May 16, 2013 3:31 AM


  54. petersonisthepurplejesus says: May 16, 2013 3:46 AM


  55. filipinoviking says: May 16, 2013 3:58 AM

    brought in as a receiver, saw he could throw a nice deep ball, switched him to QB.

    He’s a great athlete who wasn’t going to get a WR job on a team that had minimum WR talent at the time. He had some surprise wins against teams that had no film and watched him run around everywhere. As a QB he was the poor mans Tavaris Jackson. I just hope his raw ability can secure him a spot as a WR because time and lack of training for it certainly have not.

  56. badintent says: May 16, 2013 4:01 AM

    Randy Moss 2.0 but a much nicer person

  57. reptar24 says: May 16, 2013 4:04 AM

    3 years late on this move. MBT (AKA Brett Jr.) future HOF.


  58. TeamBalco says: May 16, 2013 4:09 AM

    Great news, it’s about time. My raiders need to do the same with Pryor.

  59. rubberinnertube says: May 16, 2013 4:47 AM

    So…these guys portend that they were evaluating Webb’s receiving skills all along the way (which is how they justified not playing him at WR ever), yet Webb himself says he hasn’t played any receiver since his rookie year.

  60. zbigern says: May 16, 2013 4:47 AM

    Sad & funny. Roster spots are hard to come by in a lot of towns. I think the Vikes are in the right track sometimes, but then they convert their backup quarterback to receiver to allow the maturation process of a kid they traded MOST of the rest of their draft for.

    #2 all time rushing yardage seasons come once & only once per career.

    I say sub .500 record for the Vikes, & the whole staff gets blowed up.

  61. glisic says: May 16, 2013 5:27 AM

    Vikings make Ponder a full-time punter

    That would be an upgrade

  62. 28for20 says: May 16, 2013 5:30 AM

    Breaking news: Packer games this year will be televised on the History channel due to the fact that their fans live in the DISTANT past!

  63. bigdawgdaddy says: May 16, 2013 5:40 AM

    Great move, especially considering Webb sucks as a NFL starting (or backup for that matter) QB.
    Too bad though the Vikings still have little Mr. Ponder-Steel as their starting QB.
    They’ll never win a super bowl (or the division) with that candy ass, weak armed, scared, career backup Mr. Ponder-Steele as their starting QB.
    And before all you Viking fans jump all over this, I’m a Vikings fan myself….I’m just not blinded by purple colored glasses.

  64. damrvrhunter says: May 16, 2013 5:47 AM

    Tebow >> Webb as a QB !.

  65. itsnotdavid says: May 16, 2013 6:05 AM

    Tim, you reading this?

  66. logicallionsvoice says: May 16, 2013 6:24 AM

    Ahh Joe Webb the poor mans Tavaris Jackson

  67. ejmat2 says: May 16, 2013 7:06 AM

    I’m glad they finally did this. It should have been done 2 years ago in my opinion. I would imagine Webb will be the 4th WR when all is said and done. The year will most likely start:


    I’d also like to see Webb return some kicks. I think Patterson may be the main KR but throw Webb in there in the second level. If teams try to keep it away from Patterson then Webb will be there.

  68. cusoman says: May 16, 2013 7:58 AM

    And so it goes that 2012’s #1 and #2 on the QB depth chart are about to have “make it or brake it” years.

    It didn’t matter who Webb played on that fateful playoff game, he would have been frazzled either way – the guy has never had what it takes to complete as QB on the NFL level, and a great deal of us saw that. Only fanboys wanted him instead of Ponder.

  69. fwippel says: May 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    It’s about time! Webb is 6-4, 220 lbs, and runs a 4.4 40.

    The Vikings need to get the ball in his hands more often, and this move will make it happen. What’s more, this will hopefully end the Jerome Simpson experiment once and for all.

  70. katopete16 says: May 16, 2013 8:28 AM

    As a Vikes fan this is nice to see. Seems like Spielman is really making some good decisions since taking over. Something I haven’t seen as long as I can remember. Just wish this move would’ve taken place 2, 3 years ago.

  71. filthymcnasty1 says: May 16, 2013 8:41 AM

    So in consecutive weeks, the Packers defense took out Viking QB’s. In week 17, the Packers D ended Ponder’s season. And in week 18, the Packers D ended Webb’s QB career.

  72. Logicalvoice says: May 16, 2013 8:49 AM

    First off, he’s a bum. Cut him now and save everyone the pointless discussions about how great an athlete he is. It’s obvious he isn’t a good football player. Those of you who were calling for him to be the starting qb were full of it and some of us have told you the whole time you were stoooooooopid.

    Now you’re saying he will make a great receiver and you’re just as stooooooooopid.

    Time for Webb to go and he will be gone during camp.

    Now if only reporters and analysts could be cut for writing what a great athlete he is…

  73. cusoman says: May 16, 2013 8:50 AM

    Webb ended his own QB career filthy. He didn’t make those terrible throws because he’s inaccurate, not because your team has some overly-threatening defense, because it doesn’t.

  74. We need Bud Grant says: May 16, 2013 9:05 AM

    They should have just cut him loose, either way Frazier comes out of this looking bad. If he succeeds, trolls will say they should have gone this 2 years ago. If he fails, they’ll say why has he been on the roster this whole time?

  75. ktm300xcwe says: May 16, 2013 9:12 AM

    Guy is HELL of a kick returner too. Run him AND Patterson like Harvin used to…..a lot of good athletes on the Vikings offense.

  76. theytukrjobs says: May 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    Honestly Webb is going to have a hard time making this team. If they even keep 5 receivers, you are looking at the following:

    Locks: Wright, Jennings, Patterson
    Inside track: Jerome Simpson
    Battling for it: Steven Burton, Webb, that FSU UDFA, the Mankato kid, some other guy they’ll inevitably bring in, the possibility they only keep 4 WR’s, Greg Childs, that tall Green Bay practice squad guy they grabbed, and likely some geek off the street.

    I don’t know, barring any injuries I would say Burton has a better shot at that last spot because Burton is also a good special teams player. Webb was a 6th round pick and I’m guessing they wouldn’t have moved him to QB if he was showing mad WR skills.

  77. Norseman says: May 16, 2013 9:25 AM

    Good move. Webb can be successful as a WR.

    I’d like to see the Vikings use Webb as a red-zone specialist WR, running corner end-zone routes. Ponder can throw a high ball into the corner that only Webb could catch with his height and huge vertical. Unstoppable if executed well.

  78. shinedown37 says: May 16, 2013 9:42 AM

    The Vikings should use Webb against the packers. But throw in the Read Option playbook and see what happens.Let him use his running ability.

  79. rj6976 says: May 16, 2013 10:25 AM

    That decision was made after his first bounce pass in the playoffs last year

  80. slickster35 says: May 16, 2013 10:47 AM

    I’ll just come out and say it, Joe Webb is a better QB than Matt Cassel.

    Watch out what you wish for.

  81. tokyosandblaster says: May 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    I’m still laughing.

  82. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 16, 2013 11:40 AM

    Great guy, great in the community, but I don’t think he’ll make the team unless they have room for a purely special teams player. He would be a good kick returner but I’m sure they’re planning on having Patterson do that.

  83. purplehaze28 says: May 16, 2013 1:43 PM

    The fact that he’s been studying as a QB is huge!
    Having been trained on both ends of the football?, that is just plain SICK!!!

  84. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    fwippel says:May 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    It’s about time! Webb is 6-4, 220 lbs, and runs a 4.4 40.

    The Vikings need to get the ball in his hands more often, and this move will make it happen. What’s more, this will hopefully end the Jerome Simpson experiment once and for all.

    Jerome Simpson is 6-2, 190, and runs a 4.4 40. He also has a slight advantage over Webb in that he has played wide receiver his whole life. Webb is the experiment, not Simpson.

  85. purpwalk says: May 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    vikings’ reporters who’ve watched him practice say webb can’t catch. experiment ova

  86. deltaoracle says: May 16, 2013 3:45 PM

    Mini fans are sure if he bulks up a little he could be an all-pro MLB.

  87. bleedtwincitiessports says: May 16, 2013 9:38 PM

    Man, I hate auto-correction! *His not he’s on my previous post!

  88. shaggytoodle says: May 16, 2013 9:56 PM

    Soon the Vikings WRs will be talking about how they get no respect.

  89. zygizag says: May 16, 2013 10:52 PM

    Hope it works out.

    If he gets cut a team with a running QB option might pick him up (49’s) as a 3rd QB and with a better coaching staff and a play calling to fit his skills, he could succeed.

    One of Ponder’s best games was his last and people forget all the sub 100 games and all the games were he survived becasue of bubble scrrens to Harvin. WEBB’s last game was his worst (he has had good and OK games) and he did not have the Harvin bail out and no easy passes or screens plays called either.

    I get it that when you are a # 2 QB and you get your chance you need to shine and he did not.

    At the beginning of the year the QB coach said all WEBB and Ponder needed to improves was to have more reps. Ponder had a season’s worth (when several times he should have been benched) and WEBB had none. Now after one horrid game poorly called he is done? Matt C has never had a horrid game?

  90. vikescry1 says: May 17, 2013 12:00 AM

    viking’s = poop

  91. thefox61 says: May 17, 2013 12:31 AM

    Future Seahawk

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