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Vikings trying to see if Joe Webb can return punts

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Apparently, the Vikings plan to get former quarterback Joe Webb more involved includes special teams.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Webb was working on punt returns during OTAs Wednesday, getting “extra instruction” for special teams coach Mike Priefer.

Webb’s a dynamic athlete, and coach Leslie Frazier has hailed his hands and his knowledge of the offense.

That didn’t keep him from looking like a receiver pretending to be a quarterback in the playoffs, but their hope is that they can find a way to use someone they’ve invested three years into.

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  1. lmoneyfresh says: Jun 5, 2013 11:58 AM

    I watched some video of him in OTAs and he doesn’t look too bad catching balls. He’s got pretty decent hands really. He had some time in college at WR so hopefully he can make that transition.

  2. purplepride74 says: Jun 5, 2013 11:58 AM

    If he could return punts, he’d have been returning them by now. They drafted him as a WR, but it turned out he couldn’t catch. So, they tried him at QB. After last season, we know he can’t throw. Just cut him loose and move on already.

  3. mccloskey93 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    Purple pride I think you have your history wrong. Webb was drafted as a wr but coaches in camp thought he could throw well so they changed his position. Not because he can’t catch. You should prob know what you’re talking about before you open your mouth about your own team.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    Remember that time when Percy got hurt so they put Bernard Berrian back to return punts, but he thought that was beneath him and just let them drop to the ground? That was funny.

  5. ejmat2 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:05 PM

    purplepride74 says:
    Jun 5, 2013 11:58 AM
    If he could return punts, he’d have been returning them by now. They drafted him as a WR, but it turned out he couldn’t catch. So, they tried him at QB. After last season, we know he can’t throw. Just cut him loose and move on already.
    ———————————————
    Not sure how true that is. They moved him to QB because they saw how strong his arm was. Evidently he was doing very well during those OTAs throwing when Childress was there. Give him an opportunity. If he doesn’t pan out at receiving then cut him loose. From everything I read, he’s been catching very well and learning the routes.

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 5, 2013 12:10 PM

    Joe Webb would be much better as a kick returner than as a punt returner because he’s a long strider, not someone who makes quick moves. But Cordarrelle Patterson was born to return kicks so that job is taken for this year.

  7. shaggytoodle says: Jun 5, 2013 12:11 PM

    Why draft Patterson as a WR/KR in the 1st if they are hoping Joe Webb can do his job while he hopes to figure out how to play at an NFL level.

  8. tombradyswig says: Jun 5, 2013 12:14 PM

    Just do something kid!!! Anything!

  9. blacknole08 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:16 PM

    I don’t see why they wouldn’t at least give him a shot.

    Webb is an exceptional athlete. He’s already a big guy, and he has the speed to go the distance, as evidenced by the 65 yard TD run he had against the Lions in 2011.

  10. davikes says: Jun 5, 2013 12:16 PM

    If he can return punts it will be easier for him to make the team as the fifth or sixth receiver. Which should be easy with the vikes lack of depth at receiver.

  11. vikings28 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:16 PM

    I say if he can return punts, get it going!! He’s fast enough and he’s a big dude, so he’ll be able to break tackles. Keep practicing Webb, I want to see you house one!!

  12. purplepride74 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:45 PM

    Rick Spielman is right, CP84 will be returning kicks (awesomely), there’s no room for Joe on this team. Vikes should just cut him loose and give him a chance at getting a paycheck from some bother team…

  13. dvoxrox says: Jun 5, 2013 12:51 PM

    If all else fails, I’m sure he could make a mean cup of purple Gatorade..

  14. jonnyfootball82 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:04 PM

    He’s in it to win it

  15. vikingsvoice says: Jun 5, 2013 1:09 PM

    Translation: This is Joe’s last hope because he’s a terrible route runner.

  16. fwippel says: Jun 5, 2013 1:10 PM

    It won’t hurt to try him there. If it works out, the Vikings will be able to cut Marcus Sherels loose. Sherels is a very good punt returner, but a liability as a DB, and wouldn’t stick without his special teams role.

    Anything that gets the ball into Webb’s hands more often is fine with me.

    BTW, the comment above suggesting that Webb was drafted as a WR, but only moved to QB because he couldn’t catch is inaccurate. The coaches moved him back to QB (his college position) after they saw him throwing the ball. Until last season, it looked like the right move.

  17. duece5 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    Remember that time when Percy got hurt so they put Bernard Berrian back to return punts, but he thought that was beneath him and just let them drop to the ground? That was funny.

    duece5says:

    Yep, I remember Carl.

    That was the same year Brett Favre kicked the packers ass TWICE.

    Yes, THAT was funny!!!!!!

  18. brent1395 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    He knows the offense better than any other WR on the team. He’s got the speed, the size, and the hands. All he needs to do is learn how to run routes and he’s got the rest of the offseason and all of training camp to figure it out.

  19. theytukrjobs says: Jun 5, 2013 1:17 PM

    There has never been any article saying Webb doesn’t have good hands. He was drafted with the intention of looking at him in both positions, with WR being likely. They liked his throwing motion enough to keep him at QB.

    Webb is too big to be a punt returner in my opinion. He’s quick for a big guy, but not quick for a punt returner. He can return kicks, but Patterson is there for that.

    Webb would maybe be a backup punt returner. I think he could be a gunner, given his height/weight/speed. I also think he can be a WR that runs a basic route combination and can be used in redzone or defense stretching combos.

    He has good hands and can jump through the roof and is pretty tall with long arms.

  20. banlarson says: Jun 5, 2013 1:21 PM

    I love the idea of using Webb for returning. Why expose Patterson to injury for an 8-10 yard punt return. Keep Patterson on kick-offs and let Webb use his elusiveness as a punt returner. Then you can get rid of Sherels who can’t cover my Grandmother (she’s 103 btw).

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 5, 2013 1:27 PM

    @duece5 says:Jun 5, 2013 1:14 PM

    Nice language.

    How many times have we beaten you per year since then? I believe filthymnasty1 knows…

  22. mackstrong2013 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:30 PM

    I don’t know why people keep yammering about releasing him, there is 0 chance of that happening. The guy has never had a serious look at anything other tham QB, which as stated previously looked smart until this year. I’d argue his physical upside is at least equal to CP, with worse routes, and a far superior offensive understanding.

  23. emoney826 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:39 PM

    Why not just put Adrian PEDerson back there to return punts? He’s the only playmaker this team has. Maybe he can do some good.

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    My sources are telling me that Webb is able to catch the ball fine at OTAs but he doesn’t look fluid and natural. That’s to be expected as he’s learning how to run routes. Meanwhile, Cordarrelle Patterson is the most natural-looking wide receiver you’ve ever seen and is picking up the offense surprisingly well. Once training camp starts, people are going to be talking so much about CP84 that they won’t have time to think about what Joe Webb is doing.

  25. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 5, 2013 2:16 PM

    Maybe he can punt? That’s going to be the most important position for this team for the next few years.

  26. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    Joe Webb is a freakish talent, hopefully something can finally come of it other than preseason highlights.

    This team is reminding me of 2008 into ’09, loaded on offense with playmakers and a good defense but still waiting on the QB to develop.

    It’s amazing how quickly good drafting and smart free agent signings with good coaching can turn around that debacle from 2010-2011.

  27. 4greatestvikingever says: Jun 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    I hope he doesn’t buttfumble it…

  28. purplepride74 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    @Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Jun 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    My point exactly. Joe Webb is not going to be a WR on this team come September. It’s in Joe’s best interest to be released now so he can find another team. The Vike’s are doing him a disservice by keeping him around. His best hope is as a backup QB, I know that last game was terrible, but he had played okay in earlier games.

  29. mackstrong2013 says: Jun 5, 2013 2:57 PM

    Yea people will be lining up for Joe after that display against the Packers in the playoffs. It literally looked like he was tossing ground ball drills. To say he has no chance to be on this team as a WR is ridiculous. This isn’t 10 years ago, we’re not exactly a WR powerhouse. More importantly, dude has skills.

  30. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:12 PM

    This is a great example of why the Vikings are mired in a 50+ season stretch of Championshipless ineptitude.

    Cut him already. He can’t even beat out Ponder.

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    This is a great example of why the Vikings are mired in a 50+ season skid of Championshipless ineptitude.

    Cut him already. He can’t even beat out Ponder.

  32. purplepride74 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    Nothing against Joe Webb, but if he is a WR on the 2013 Vikes, we are in trouble. If he was capable of playing WR at this level, he would already be there. It’s been 3 years since he joined the team!!!!

  33. deltaoracle says: Jun 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    And if PR doesn’t work out, there’s still MLB to try…

  34. mackstrong2013 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:37 PM

    I wish we could replace the Vikings brass with such forward thinking internet posters. Cut a freak athlete who has shown promise at WR because he can’t play QB. September can’t come quick enough.

  35. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 5, 2013 3:47 PM

    purplepride74 says:Jun 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    Nothing against Joe Webb, but if he is a WR on the 2013 Vikes, we are in trouble. If he was capable of playing WR at this level, he would already be there. It’s been 3 years since he joined the team!!!!
    ______

    I really don’t think the identity of our fifth or sixth wide receiver is an indicator of the success of the team. We have Jennings, Patterson, Wright, and Simpson. Who else? Stephen Burton? If Webb beats him out, I wouldn’t worry.

  36. gbmickey says: Jun 5, 2013 4:06 PM

    Well my sources tell me the mere fact it took a couple years for the Vikings to even realize he wasnt a qb says alot about the braintrust in Minnesota. That is that there are as many questions about their ability as there is with Webb.

  37. ajalpha1s says: Jun 5, 2013 4:33 PM

    people forget that marcus sherrels is actually one of the best punt returners in the game and doesnt muff anything

  38. shaggytoodle says: Jun 5, 2013 4:34 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Jun 5, 2013 2:19 PM
    Joe Webb is a freakish talent, hopefully something can finally come of it other than preseason highlights.
    _______

    Call him a great athlete if you want, but using the term freakish talent is a slap in the face to the RB they have in Minn.

  39. GenXJay says: Jun 5, 2013 9:48 PM

    The guy has skill in every position.
    Put him on D & he’ll swim past Bulaga & knock ShAaron’s mouthpiece out.

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