Minnesota Vikings: 7 Ways to Use Joe Webb and Christian Ponder

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Minnesota Vikings: 7 Ways to Use Joe Webb and Christian Ponder
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The Minnesota Vikings will have some touch calls to make once this horrible nightmare of a season finally comes to an end.

Whether or not Vikings owner Zygi Wilf retains the services of Leslie Frazier and his entire staff, what, if any, of the current defensive backfield will be a part of this team next season? How will they rebuild an aging offensive line? And what do you do with quarterback/wide receiver Joe Webb?

A sixth-round draft choice in 2010, the Vikings originally selected Webb as a wide receiver. He would play in five games in his rookie season, and not catch a single pass. In Week 16 he did make his debut at quarterback, leading the Vikings to a 24-14 upset win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Webb opened this season as the Vikings third-string quarterback, eventually becoming the backup to Christian Ponder when Ponder was named the starter in Week 7 against the Packers.

Then in Week 13 against the Broncos, Webb would make his first reception as a wide receiver for nine yards. The following week he would take over for an ineffective Ponder versus the Lions, and throw and rush for a touchdown.

The Vikings have been bouncing Webb back and forth between positions, and actually, Webb has been almost as effective as Ponder this season.

In eight starts, Ponder has a 72.3 passer rating with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. With far fewer attempts, Webb has a 71.3 passer rating this season with his first touchdown pass of his career, against no interceptions.

So, what does the future hold for Webb?

Here are seven potential ways the Vikings can best utilize Webb and Ponder.

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