Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb (14) on the sideline during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Webb’s fabled career will get a chance to continue even though his time with the Vikings is over. And it appears he will be going back to quarterback with his new team.
Friday afternoon, Webb announced via his own Instagram that he has signed on with the Carolina Panthers.
The caption included the hashtag #backatQB.
Webb of course was originally drafted by the Vikings in 2010 as a receiver, but Brad Childress was blown away by his ability to throw one day and elected to make him back into a quarterback.
By season’s end, injuries had forced the project quarterback Webb into the starting line up. Improbably, Webb led the Vikings to a victory against the Eagles and Michael Vick in a game postponed until Tuesday night after a snow storm.
The Vikings drafted Christian Ponder in 2011, effectively ending any chance Webb had to become the starting QB in Minnesota. Ahead of the 2013 season, Leslie Frazier ended the Webb QB experiment and converted him into a receiver.
Webb didn’t see very much action in his one year as a wide out. He was mostly used as a blocker. And as a target of verbal abuse by Richard Sherman.
It was hard to see the free agent Webb returning to the Vikings in 2014 either as a QB or receiver, despite his status as a fan favorite.
Now Webb gets another chance. Count me among those who are surprised to see him get another shot as a QB. I figured he was done in the league after last year.
Just goes to show, there aren’t a lot of great backup QBs out there. If Webb can catch on as Cam Newton’s wingman in Carolina, more power to him.