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The player most squarely on the roster bubble for the Vikings is converted wide receiver Joe Webb. His performance in the playoff loss against the Green Bay Packers cemented his candidacy at quarterback, but the switch to wideout should breathe new life into his NFL career.
Webb has all the physical attributes to succeed at the highest level in football. At 6'4" and 220 pounds, he has an immediate advantage against defending cornerbacks. Combine that with his 4.43 40-yard dash speed and 42.5" vertical (via CBSSports.com), and you almost wonder why he was being stashed as a backup quarterback.
Webb's biggest obstacle will be acclimating to essentially a new position, having not played the position since playing receiver in 2007 as a sophomore at UAB. However, initial reports out of training camp have been positive in assessing the transition.
According to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press, Webb appears focused and not intimidated by the change: "Any chance I get to make plays," he said on the first day of practice. "I'm just looking for a way to get on the field. I played wide receiver before I played quarterback, so it's not that hard."
With a positive attitude and team-first approach—something already stressed by head coach Leslie Frazier to Greg Jennings early in camp—Webb should be able to secure a final receiver spot with potential for special teams contribution.
Missing the cut: LaMark Brown, Greg Childs (PUP), Erik Highsmith, Rodney Smith, Chris Summers, Adam Thielen
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