Minnesota Vikings Move Joe Webb From Quarterback to Wide Receiver

Jan 5, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) throws a pass in the second quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Webb was the guy Vikings fans wanted as their stating quarterback, but after an embarrassing performance in the NFC Wild Card Round this past January, the Minnesota Vikings have moved Webb to wide receiver, per a report from Sid Hartman and the Star Tribune. 

Those who thought Joe Webb had no future as a quarterback should be happy, because the former Alabama-Birmingham standout has become a full-time wide receiver for the Vikings.

Football fandom is a strange and wild beast. Take Joe Webb’s stance and journey with the Minnesota Vikings and their fans as a classic example of little brother not knowing as much as they think. When Christian Ponder struggled in the last two season, fans were clamoring for backup Joe Webb to assume to starting role and lead the team. But when Webb was put in during the Vikings Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers, fans got to see just hoe awful of a quarterback Webb really is.

It’s that reason which motivated the Vikings to move Webb to wide receiver.

But while the Vikings got blasted in the NFC Wild Card round by the Packers, head coach Leslie Fraizer says the decision to move Webb to wide receiver was made after the NFL Draft a few weekends ago.

“We had been talking about it for a while,” Fraizer said, via the Star Tribune. “We made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft.”

Minnesota drafted Cordarrlle Patterson and signed Greg Jennings in free agency, but there is a serious need to receiving targets for Christian Ponder to throw to and now the guy who Vikings fans wanted to replace Ponder with is one of the guys that could be on the other end of his touchdown passes in 2013.

Topics: Joe Webb, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

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  • Billy Schwandt

    I hope this is a position that works for Joe Webb. He is a great person and lets hope He has the talent be be a receiver. Look like it will be a hard position to make with all the talent there this year. Best of luck to you Joe!!!

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