The Vikings have concluded their 2nd OTA of the week and had another day of ideal weather conditions, practicing for approximately 90 minutes again on the outdoor fields at Winter Park. A few of the veterans who participated on Tuesday were not participating Wednesday, but by and large it was a similar group of players and a similar practice format.
Wednesday’s practice was also open to the media and Head Coach Brad Childress met with reporters following the workout, so we’ll have reaction from Childress as well as highlights from practice posted on the site this afternoon.
Reporters were able to speak with players as they walked off the field following practice and the most popular interviews included QBs Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and rookie Joe Webb. Each player was surrounded by reporters and cameras following the workout.
Webb of course was the Vikings 6th round pick (#199 overall) in last month’s draft and has experience playing both QB and WR at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The Vikings drafted Webb because of his versatility and supreme athleticism and left open the possibility of him playing both/either positions in the NFL. Following rookie minicamp, Webb expressed optimism that he would be able to take some reps at QB as the offseason program moved forward.
And that’s exactly what he was doing during Wednesday’s practice. When asked about taking snaps at QB during OTAs, Webb, who wears jersey #14, said “it felt great to be back under center” after playing a lot of WR in college and that both offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and QBs coach Kevin Rogers have been doing a great job with him as he focuses on mechanics.
When asked what he preferred between QB and WR, Webb gave the diplomatic (and appropriate) answer of saying he’d work on whatever it is the coaches asked.
Much of the discussion with Jackson centered on QB Brett Favre and his pending return to the club. Favre is under contract for 2010 and hasn’t announced his retirement, but that hasn’t stopped speculation about his future. Jackson said he had a gut feeling about what Favre’s decision would be for 2010 but declined to share it with reporters. Jackson did say, however, that he felt he learned a lot from Favre during the 2009 season and that he’s exchanged text messages a couple of times with the future Hall of Famer.
We’ll have more from OTA #2 this afternoon, so stay tuned to vikings.com today and the rest of the week.
Tags: Joe Webb, Sage Rosenfels
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