With Sidney Rice, Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin and Greg Lewis hurt, leaving Greg Camarillo and Hank Baskett as the only healthy wide-outs on the roster, the idea is being floated that preseason legend Joe Webb could switch from his future Hall-of-Fame position of quarterback to fill out the hole in the receiver corps.
As we remember, college quarterback Webb was drafted by the Vikings with the idea of converting him into a wide receiver. Then Brad Childress got a look at Webb’s giant hands and gianter arm and thought to himself, “You know what I’ll do? I’ll play that guy at quarterback after all.”
Since then, Webb has been exclusively a quarterback. He got some snaps in preseason, and demonstrated that if he can’t throw at least he can run. So far during the regular season, he has yet to be activated for a game.
With Brett Favre refusing to quit and Tarvaris Jackson securely situated as the back-up, it seems the only chance Webb has to play this year is at some position other than quarterback. That position would seem to be wide receiver. Or, according to Leslie Frazier…tailback?
Yes, Frazier mentioned the possibility of using Webb at tailback. I’m assuming he means if Adrian Peterson can’t play and Toby Gerhart needs a blow. Doesn’t say much for the Vikings’ other tailback Albert Young, does it?
Webb himself, when asked about playing receiver or tailback or whatever, said he could “run routes if necessary.” He made no promises about being able to catch balls though. That’s called managing expectations.