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Joe Webb is an extremely talented athlete whose talent is wasted sitting on the sidelines.
This is a debate that I'm passionate about.
Joe Webb is a talented athletic specimen. The man stands 6'4" and weighs 220 pounds.
At his pro day at UAB he bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times, which bested any wide receiver at the 2010 combine. He posted a 4.43 second 40-yard dash, which would have been fifth best at the combine. His vertical leap measured 41.5 inches, which would have tied him for the best among wide receivers at the combine.
In his NFL draft bio on NFL.com it reads, "Webb has incredible athleticism, and will likely move from quarterback to receiver in the pros. ... It may take him a while to learn the receiver position, but he has the physical ability to eventually make an impact."
Now, the Vikings moved him back to quarterback after drafting him. That made sense when the team was in search of its franchise quarterback.
Since then it's used its 2011 first-round pick on Christian Ponder. The Vikings will stick with him throughout this season and next.
By that time Webb will be 27 years old and going on 28.
For now he's a backup waiting his time out on the sideline. Why waste that 4.43-second speed on the sideline? Why waste that 41.5-inch vertical on the sideline? Why waste that strength on the sideline?
Minnesota should take the bye to acclimate Webb back to the wide receiver position. It's not like the team has four studs like the Green Bay Packers do. Minnesota trots out the likes of Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton and Michael Jenkins week after week; however, there's a much more talented player wasting his talents on the sideline.
Now some will say Webb can injure himself at receiver. Agreed. It's very possible. But until Ponder gets injured, he's not going to play anyway.
Keep Weeb familiar with the offense as a quarterback, but focus him at wide receiver. It provides the offense the opportunity to have a legitimate playmaker downfield for the first time since 2009.