Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) celebrates with linebacker Chad Greenway (52) and wide receiver Joe Webb (14) following the game against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
A lot of people think Joe Webb was only picked up by Carolina because they wanted someone to be Cam Newton in practice until the injured Newton is ready to practice again, and Webb happens to be a decent stand-in for Newton.
So they’re saying Webb doesn’t really have a chance to catch on as the back-up in Carolina?
It sounds like Joe isn’t concerned one way or the other. The former Vikings QB/WR/Offensive weapon seems happy in his new NFL home regardless of what the Panthers’ plans are.
“It’s been a great experience so far. I’m just loving the new start, the fresh beginning,” Webb told the Charlotte Observer. “I don’t know how that’s going to go, but I’m going to be sure to prepare myself to be ready to go when my number’s called.”
Webb learned all about how to prepare himself to be ready in Minnesota when he was always one injury away from being thrust into duty.
He had to prepare himself as a quarterback, and he had to prepare himself as a wide receiver.
Learning both jobs has, in Webb’s mind, provided him with a unique perspective on playing the QB position.
“Quarterback’s my natural position. I’ve been playing it all my life, so it’s kind of second nature to me. But I think I learned a lot from the receiver position,” he said.
“When receivers come up to me and describe how they want to run their route and how the [defensive back] is playing them, I really have a sense of what they’re talking about because I’ve been out there and I know how the DB’s try to jam you and cut off your routes and things like that.”
It sounds like Joe is very content in his new position, even if it’s only a temporary one. He was always an upbeat, fun guy in Minnesota and if he ever wants to come back as an official team hype man, I’m sure they’d be happy to have him.
Wasting an actual roster spot on him? Not a good idea.