Joe Webb is a great athlete—he's just not that good of a quarterback, at least when it comes to passing the ball.
Last season, head coach Leslie Frazier had so little confidence in Webb that he stuck with a struggling Christian Ponder during the season. It wasn't until Ponder could not even throw the ball that Frazier finally relented and put Webb in a game. Unfortunately, it was the Vikings' most important game of the season—the playoff game against the Packers, in Green Bay.
Webb is best when he has the ball in his hands, and uses his legs instead of his arm.
In a report from Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk, after the Vikings' second day of OTAs, Frazier made it clear that they want to take advantage of Webb's athleticism.
There are some things that Joe does very well, we’ve seen him put on a highlight show in some ball games.
At the same time, Frazier knows that Webb has a tough job ahead of him. Webb has been using his experience at quarterback to help position younger receivers during the OTA workouts. Still, his own route running needs work. Frazier was also quoted:
One of the toughest parts of the transition is just the route running part. He has very good hands, he knows the offense very well. He’s actually helping some of the young guys in where to line up. Just that he’ll be able to grasp the route running part of it fast enough to give himself the best chance to go out and really have a chance to make the transition smoothly when we get to training camp.
When asked by Mike Wobschall of vikings.com how the transition was going, Webb had this to say.
It's a lot different, but I'm getting the hang of it. It's coming along good. Coach Stew's doing a great job with me.
In his three seasons with the Vikings, Webb has lined up at quarterback, wide receiver and kick returner. He's only got one reception, that came in 2011 when he caught a ball against the Packers in Week 10 for nine yards.
Some of his most impressive plays have come when he has tucked the ball and then took off running. In 2011 he had the Vikings' second longest run of the season when he scored a touchdown on a 65-yard run.