He hasn’t stepped onto an NFL field in game action yet and most Vikings fans have never seen him actually play in a game, but rookie QB Joe Webb remains one of the more popular training camp stories nonetheless. His pure athletic ability and the chance that he could be a young, developmental prospect at such a critical position are at the center of Webb Mania.
All of that said, there have been some rough patches to this point for the young QB, something Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress says is expected of a wet-behind-the-ears NFL passer.
“Just like most 1st-year quarterbacks who are taking third-string turns with third-string guys,” Childress acknowledged after the team’s evening practice on Saturday night. “[But] he’s got an aptitude and you can see the arm strength. A lot of times guys are thinking so much that they can’t let their God-given athletic ability come out. You just want to keep accelerating that curve.”
Webb threw an INT during Saturday morning’s workout and the offense as a whole, including Webb, was not sharp during the evening workout. But Childress also noted that Webb has “a good presence” under center and will continue to learn the offense and get more comfortable as camp and the preseason moves along.
Before he makes any firm judgments on the 6th round pick from last April’s draft, Childress wants to see him when the live bullets are flying.
“Typically you want to see them with pads on and you want to see them pass under pressure,” Childress explained.
While Webb won’t be able to display his mettle in full-contact game action for more than a week, he’ll have plenty to learn and experience in the mean time. We’re only 3 days and 3 practices into camp…so there’s more to come for Webb.
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