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Five Vikings Poised For Breakout Seasons

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2013 – 5:57 am

Every NFL team has star players who are relied upon year-in and year-out to perform at a premium level. But on a year-in and year-out basis, successful NFL teams also have players who take huge steps in their development to push their team to the next level.

That is what you call a breakout season, and if the Vikings are to follow up last season’s success with another playoff-caliber campaign, they will need breakout seasons from several players. So with the offseason program launching today, what better time to identify candidates for breakout seasons in 2013.

DT Christian Ballard
Career games played/started: 32/2
2012 Role: Reserve DT, part of regular rotation
2013 Outlook: A reserve player as a rookie in 2011, Ballard became part of the rotation in 2012 and saw his production increase – he even registered his first career sack. In 2013, though, Ballard has an opportunity to take an even larger leap than he did from 2011 to 2012. Perhaps Ballard’s best trait is his versatility, as he can line up at DE or DT and he’s also been a special teams contributor for Mike Priefer’s group. It won’t be a surprise to see the Vikings address the DT position in the draft, but it also won’t be a surprise to see Ballard perform at a level that will make it hard for that rookie DT to walk into a starting spot.

RG Brandon Fusco
Career games played/started: 19/16
2012 Role: Starter/split time with Geoff Schwartz
2013 Outlook: A 6th-round pick in the 2011 draft, Fusco came to the Vikings from Division II school Slippery Rock and over a year earned a starting role blocking for the best RB in the NFL. The reason Fusco was able to overcome the small-school stigma and crack the starting lineup in his second season is because of his toughness and determination. Those are the same traits he’s going to need in 2013 to prevent this year’s version of Brandon Fusco (whoever that may be) from supplanting him in the lineup. We talk a lot about unknown commodities coming out of college and becoming house-hold names in the NFL – Fusco has the work ethic and desire to be another example of this.

S Mistral Raymond
Career games played/started: 20/8
2012 Role: Opened season as starter, injured, rotated with Jamarca Sanford
2013 Outlook: The Vikings are poised to once again hold a robust competition for a starting safety spot next to Harrison Smith. In 2012, Raymond won this competition over Sanford and rookie Robert Blanton, but an injury early in the season derailed his season for a bit. Fortunately, Raymond returned to action in 2012 but not as the full-time starter. The same cast of characters will return in 2013 to battle for a starting spot, and there may even be more names added to the mix once the NFL draft begins later this week. As a 6th-round pick who has battled and defeated personal and professional adversity before, expect Raymond to shine this offseason and training camp.

CB Josh Robinson
Career games played/started: 16/6
2012 Role: Rotational CB
2013 Outlook: After making all the dances and starting 6 of them as a rookie and intercepting 2 passes along the way, Robinson, a 3rd-round pick, turned out to be one of the draft’s better value selections for the Vikings. His performance in 2012 will likely land him in a starting position on the depth chart to begin the offseason program. But his development is not done. There are still improvements Robinson can make to his game, and there will also be plenty of competition added to the position before the team heads to Mankato for training camp this summer.

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WR Jarius Wright
Career games played/started: 7/1
2012 Role: Inactive until Week 10, regular contributor over final half of the season
2013 Outlook: The diminutive Arkansas product showed flashes of potential in training camp and the preseason last year, but a high ankle sprain limited him in the first half of the regular season. Wright hit his stride at just the right time, though, as an ankle injury to Percy Harvin opened the door for him to step in. Wright finished the season with 22 receptions for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns, and now he’s poised to earn a spot in the starting lineup and continue in 2013 where he left off in 2012 as a versatile receiver who can play inside or outside but who excels from the slot.


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70 Responses to “Five Vikings Poised For Breakout Seasons”

  1. By Parody on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Peterson’s poised for a breatout season too. He’s just about ready to hit his stride and start performing to his full potential…

  2. By VF209 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    oh ya

  3. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    So- can some fans on here quit dreaming that Hopkins will still be available in the second round for the Vikings…Thinking we can trade back…And still get him ???…
    ____________

    DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Player Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins will work out for the Rams for the second time in four days on Monday.

    Per Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson, coach Jeff Fisher will be in attendance. As observed by Rotoworld’s Josh Norris, the Rams followed a similar pattern before using the No. 33 pick on WR Brian Quick last year. The question is whether Hopkins will still be on the board at No. 16. He’s a possibility for the Panthers at No. 14. Related: Rams
    Source: Scout.com Apr 22 – 8:41 AM

  4. By BlueBird7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Now they are talking about Mistral.

    Will he beat out Sanford for the starting spot? who knows?

    Only the Shadow knows……………………

  5. By Troutdaddy on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I hope Robinson has a huge year because the play we have gotten out of Cook and Jefferson have been lacking and inconsistent. I have a feeling that we are going to pickup another quality CB in the draft so that should even push this young guy to be even better. I am hoping that this will even push the likes of Cook and Jefferson to either take it up 7 notches or face the bench…

    Wright has a big opportunity to make a name for himself too. Working along side of Greg Jennings is going to be good for him and my thought is that he will be a valuable weapon for us this year because the focus is going to be on Jennings. Rudolph may have his best year and be a HUGE factor as well knowing that he is going to be more in single coverage now that Jennings is in the mix. I really like this situation… Makes me giddy thinking about it. Who knows what we will add in the draft to add a cherry on top of the flavors we have already!!!

  6. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1596918-minnesota-vikings-2013-draft-updates-latest-news-trade-rumors-predictions#/articles/1596918-minnesota-vikings-2013-draft-updates-latest-news-trade-rumors-predictions/page/2

  7. By Champ Henson on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I guess the writer doesn’t think that Ponder is due to have a breakout season.
    I don’t either.

  8. By xxVIKINGS4LIFExx on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Cmon Wobbs lets be real…. NO ONE has more to prove this season than C Ponder!!!! Ballard, Fusco???? Cut the BS!!! The vikings propaganda machine can no longer protect Ponder after this season…

  9. By Cosi cosi on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Hoppy is right- No way is Hopkins there for our 2nd rounder. While he may fall to the 2nd, he won`t be there at #52.

  10. By Cosi cosi on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Pretend that there is no draft. We start the season with the players already on the roster. What is the most glaring weakness? We have no middle linebacker. So now what happens if whomever we trot out there goes down? This could wreck all of our plans.

  11. By liito on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Let AD = x, and if Thursday’s draft is an “A,” which includes TA = y; then with a motivated Vikings’ team playing together, X + Y = SB.

  12. By BlueBird7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    liito

    Is that like putting all your eggs in one basket?

  13. By Jerry on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I am a big Vikings fan but I don’t see them doing anything unless they get another QB. We have Ponder he sucks and we have Cassel he sucks as well, why don’t we go for a good QB heck look at Seatle they got 2 good QB’s last year in the draft so why can’t we.

  14. By QB on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Hey WRHopkins2013,
    I just printed out the Big Board of top 100 prospects and they had Hopkins as the # 1 overall player in this draft.

    Also just watched Nate Burleson pick his top 5 receivers in this draft.

    He had 1–Hopkins
    2–Allen
    3–Austin
    4–Patterson
    5–Hunter

    Sounds like you might be right on Hopkins.

    You know how unpredictable the draft is. This kid could go a lot higher than people think.

  15. By Tom L on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t need Austin.
    Ponder will be fine and if not, bring on the law firm if we are going to start over.

  16. By northwoodsv2 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    By Parody on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Peterson’s poised for a breatout season too. He’s just about ready to hit his stride and start performing to his full potential…

    ——————————————————
    Can you imagine if he had started last year on the pace he finished with? That record would stand forever.

  17. By Tom L on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Lets all hope for the best, the beast deserves it.

  18. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    This is what Jones thinks a blogger who criticizes Joe Webb looks like:

  19. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Several years ago jones quoted a newspaper man as saying that “any 375 pound man sitting on a couch eating doritoes can criticize Michael Jordan’s jump shot.”

    The image jones has in his mind when you talk badly about Joe Webb is similar to the above. Don’t do it.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Jerry,

    We have Joe Webb! Tall, fast, throws the ball threw a wall, and yet uses touch when necessary. Joe also has the largest hands of any Vikings QB, and has the brains of a scholar.

    Put JOE in the game!!!

  21. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Parody,

    I hope you are right about AD having a breakout season, but remember NO ONE does it alone. The O Line will have to improve for him to have a break out season. Jones is not saying that can not happen as it is, but I would like to see a tremendous guard obtained.

  22. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Wobbs? You REALLY needed to have Ponder on this list. It’s his “do or die” season, or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. So where’s the starting QB in this list?

  23. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @QB,

    If you are right about Hopkins, the Vikings won’t get him. In fact we would be lucky to get any of the five with the p@ss happy NFL the way it is.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Purplehaze,

    I think Wobschall is saying that he does not expect Ponder to have a break out season.

    It’s too bad because a team tends to live by what the QB does in the NFL.

    Perhaps Webb, MBT, or Cassell will be the starter by late November.

  25. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

  26. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Perhaps the above is one of the MN Vikings most negative bloggers!

  27. By Troutdaddy on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @ Jones… Beating a dead horse here. Webb is not going to get the shot you or anyone else wants him to with the Vikes. The fact remains that he is an unknown when it comes to his talent because he has not had the opportunity to show-case it. I think he could be fantastic, but he didn’t show us anything promising last year because he didn’t get in the game. They did not utilize him at all. The fact that they did not at least use him in some way says to me that they did not have the confidence in him or were too scared to use him. Now, after a dismal showing in his debut playoff game, he has that to motivate him going forward. I know he is athletic. I know he is smart, but the fact that is in front of everyone is that he is not an NFL caliber QB and needs to be utilized in a different way. Honestly, I don’t think the Vikes plan on doing that. It is sad, but he was invisible last year and will probably get traded to somewhere else unless he can prove his worth early and often in the days ahead. I would love to see him do just that…

  28. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I would be very happy to see the Vikings take ANY one of these 3 WR’s in the first round…

    Hopkins,Allen, or Woods…I think any one of those three receivers will be excellent WR’s at the pro level…

    Scouts and fans keep looking each year in the draft- for the next Randy Moss ???…

    There is one WR in this years draft…That kind of fits a R Moss profile with his potential…imo…And that player is WR Robert Woods…

    If the Vikings go LB in the first round ???…My picks are A Brown or Minter…
    Hold the Te’o…And Ogletree is a problem child also…

    DE “Tank” Carradine- TE Tyler Eifert- are my sleeper picks for the first round…

    CB I like Trufant…

    Only move up in the draft I can see ???…
    Is if the Vikings would go up for DT Lotulelei…(Richardson???)…

    Still think there is a very real possility the Vikings trade out of pick #25…

    I predict the Vikings do not take Te’o or Patterson- even if available when they pick ???…Going out on a limb there…

  29. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    If we manage to draft Manti,S. Williams and J.Hunter, I could see everyone on that list but B. Fusco having a really great year.

    Wright would be a slot monster with all the attention going to Jennings and Hunter. He also reminds me alot of P. Harvins style and talent without all the drama.

    J.Robinson would be able to take more chance making plays on the ball if the QB gets more pressure on him with S. Williams in the middle and having Manti in the middle of the secondary with his great instincts, might even make C.Cook nab an INT. (Finally)

    Ballard and Raymond I think will make great rotational players. I think though they should start Blanton. Ballard with fresh legs could come in and tire out that O-Line of opposing teams whether its in the middle or outside.

    I also think B. Fusco did fairly well considering he came from a small scholl and is making huge strides to improve his game and seeing that AP almost broke the single season record says alot about his blocking.

  30. By autobon7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    “I think Wobschall is saying that he does not expect Ponder to have a break out season”

    That’s also the way I see it. This is do or die for Ponder this year so we will see. I’d still like to see Webb get the same oppertunity and see where he would be after getting the same amount of starts as Ponder but I don’t think that will ever happen. Too bad…..

  31. By PurplHaze on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply
    @Purplehaze,
    I think Wobschall is saying that he does not expect Ponder to have a break out season.
    It’s too bad because a team tends to live by what the QB does in the NFL.
    Perhaps Webb, MBT, or Cassell will be the starter by late November.
    ************
    Isn’t it just as likely that Wobbs thinks Ponder is “secure” in his spot, and is regarded as the future of the Vikings at the starting QB position? I mean, that’s pretty much what staff has been echoing all along.

    I think Ponder staying at QB indefinitely is far more likely than Webb getting any more snaps under center. I think we can ALL agree that that train has left the station.

    MN Vikings QB Depth = 1.) Ponder, 2.) Cassel, 3.) Bethel-Thompson

    Nope … No typos there. ;-)

  32. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    PurplHaze I agree with you 100%

    Webb should be used as a situational WR. Webb has speed and talent but its not at the QB position.

  33. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze and BleedsPurple,

    are Webb haters.

    Hopefully Webb will get a chance to prove you guys wrong.

  34. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @TroutDaddy,

    Well…

    There are a lot of people beating dead horses around here. The jonesboy could point out several on this blog right now, and certainly hundreds more in the past.

    We all push for what we think is right.

  35. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @autobon7,

    It is up to Joe Webb to make it happen. Thank you for your blog you are the only guy besides jones that gives JOE a chance. Hopefully we’ll all remember that.

  36. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Frederick Not a Webb hater in the least. I just think he would make a tall, very fast and agile WR. Just not at QB

  37. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Purplehaze,

    Unlike last year, injuries may happen to the Vikings at a normal rate. This probably means that Ponder will miss some games.

  38. By Frederick Jones on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Bleedspurple,

    That makes you a Webb-hater. Joe is a QB.

  39. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @Frederick No that just means his talents are geared towards a WR, which is something i think he would do great at,

  40. By Justin Bieber on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Webb sucks.

  41. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Really that coming from a guy with a user tag “Justin Bieber”.

  42. By Justin Bieber on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    It’s just a user tag. I have far more credentials that let me open my eyes, see a football fly 20ft over a receivers head, and realize that whoever threw that ball is not meant to be a quarterback in the NFL.

  43. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with him not being a great QB but the kid does have talent, he just needs to be in a different position. But he doesnt suck.

  44. By Justin Bieber on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    There are many other players just as athletic as him that have been at the receiver position for far longer. He will most likely be below average to average due to his inexperience. If he does turn out to be awesome, it wont hurt my ego to be happily wrong.

  45. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I think they should use him as a part time WR until he prove he can be effective kinda like they did with Wright. Im not saying he should start right away.

  46. By autobon7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    To Mr Justin Bieber above…..have seen many a Ponder pass sail to the left and or right but lots 3 feet in the dirt not making it to the receiver. I am hoping that you do not think that Ponder is WAY better than Webb. He has had LOTS more starts, 1st string snaps, and chances you can shake a stick at. Webb has had something like what…..3 or 4 starts? He got to throw the ball zero times during the regular season. I was calling this out from mid season on and staff/nobody cared. Then the guy gets a last minute call to start a playoff game and he failed. NO WAY you can judge talent that way. Bad call by staff for not letting him in to pass during regular season. He should have gotten the call during the games that Ponder STRUGGLED to pass for 60 yards. He should have gotten the call when we had a nice lead vs the Rams.

  47. By BleedsPurple on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    You cant really say that a guy has LOTS of starts after only starting for 1 whole season and mopping up a huge let down start by McNabb. If Ponder doesnt improve this next season, I will jump on the get a new QB band wagon, but again Webb is not QB starting material. I would rather see the strong arm MBT start if Ponder fails.

  48. By autobon7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    My point is he has LOTS more starts than Webb. Not saying that Webb is the answer, hard to tell without having the same oppertunity as Ponder. Just don’t see Webb getting that chance in Miny. Sad

  49. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t talk about 3rd or 4th string QB’s…
    Does anyone talk about 3rd string S Mistral Raymond ???…
    Or 3rd string RB Asiata…No…
    And they actually have some talent !!!…

    Webb isn’t the future…He is Vikings history…
    Bye Joe…

  50. By autobon7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    “Does anyone talk about 3rd string S Mistral Raymond ???…

    Wobs does…..just look above and #3 on his list.

    “Webb isn’t the future…He is Vikings history…
    Bye Joe…”

    If Hopy would actually read my post I did say ” Not saying that Webb is the answer, hard to tell without having the same oppertunity as Ponder. Just don’t see Webb getting that chance in Miny.”

    I pretty much said the same as you, just minus the negativity. Is Ponder your boy? Just curious.

  51. By dryes on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Webb can’t throw. Doesn’t know where to throw. can’t tie his shoes ;) oh, and hold the teo

  52. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1610053-2013-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-final-7-round-predictions

  53. By Troutdaddy on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Last word for me on Webb- I am definitely not a Webb hater. For me it is about experience and what they do with the opportunities that they do get. Problem is that he hasn’t gotten the experience and the one opportunity he did get was a really pitiful performance. You can blame a number of reasons for how it played out but still the fact remains that he is not the go-to guy now, nor will he be in the future unless something remarkable transpires. I think that is a realistic opinion and I would think that he knows this situation very well by now. This is one of those woulda, coulda, shoulda things that I am sure he and many fans wanted, but it just didn’t come together.

  54. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    “Opportunity knocked” for Joe Webb !!!…Webb didn’t answer the call…

    He was a back up for 3 years at the QB position…Ponder got hurt in the last game of the season…

    Webb had all week to practice with the first team…Without the opposing team defense even knowing Webb was slotted to play in the playoff game…

    Joe Webb had 3 years time to practice for the biggest game of his career…

    And Joe Webb failed to get the job done…Miserably !!!…

    That is the way the NFL works…You are the back up…You prepare to be ready at a moments notice…If you fail to succeed…Your done…

    Webb made his own bed…Webb had 3 years of practice to get ready for that game…

  55. By Troutdaddy on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Oh- and all of you “Hold the Teo” people are mistaken. Teo is an animal at his position and is going to be great anywhere he lands. Vikings would be a great fit for him and I wont complain if we do end up with him. He is young and is only going to get better and that is scary because he is already a beast… Watch some film on the kid…he has high standards. Not going to have to worry about him doing drugs or partying. He is going to be laser focused and a leader. Just sayin…

  56. By autobon7 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Seems as though WRHopkins2013 has it all figured out with his boy Ponder. As a life long Viks fan I hope you are right. I’m just not feeling it. Hope I’m wrong cause we are building a nice team and hoping for another strong draft. Go Viks

  57. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman with all this open love for Te’o ???…
    I’m not buying it…

    I think Spielman is giving Te’o what he really enjoys…
    Media exposure…So he can smile at the camera’s…And talk about his soap opera life…

    Does Te’o look like an intimadating LB ???…
    Or a teddy bear in his profile pics…

    For me I ???…
    Hold the Te’o…

    But if you like Te’o- Toutdaddy ???…That’s fine…

    Always said if Spielman,Frazier, and Singletary want Te’o…They better hope they are right…Because with the media exposure cicus that will come with Te’o…
    If they are wrong ???…That pick might cost all three- their jobs next year ???…

    Second round…Te’o is a no qustions asked- pick for Spielman & co…
    First round failures have fingers pointed with the blame game…

  58. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman’s young GM reputation is already linked with the number 12 pick in the first round with Ponder 2 years ago- and the John Carlson contract last season…

    The Harvin and the circus just left town…

    If you are a young GM…Would you take a chance on a new circus with Te’o ???…

    I would stay a long ways away from Te’o…A very long ways- apart !!!…

  59. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1612918-dispelling-myths-surrounding-key-2013-nfl-draft-prospects#/articles/1612918-dispelling-myths-surrounding-key-2013-nfl-draft-prospects/page/9

  60. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    A good read for Te’o fans…Will he be in Purple and gold ???…

    We find out in 3 days !!!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1612918-dispelling-myths-surrounding-key-2013-nfl-draft-prospects#/articles/1612918-dispelling-myths-surrounding-key-2013-nfl-draft-prospects/page/11

  61. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1613511-devonte-holloman-scouting-report-nfl-outlook-for-south-carolina-lb

  62. By WRHopkins2013 on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Player Updating a previous item, the Rams are working out DeAndre Hopkins at Clemson University on Monday.
    A previous report stated the Rams would work out Hopkins at their own club facility, but it’s a private, pre-draft workout and coach Jeff Fisher is not attending. OC Brian Schottenheimer and QBs coach Frank Cignetti are orchestrating the workout. Hopkins is a prime candidate to be St. Louis’ pick at No. 16 overall. Related: Rams
    Source: Jim Thomas on Twitter Apr 22 – 5:36 PM

  63. By Goldvike on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    3 days & we will all know

  64. By vikings4life on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    I agree Joe will unfortunately not get another shot with the vikings but @WRHopkins couldn’t be more wrong, Joe webb was put in a bed made of horse manure that was made for him. He never had all the first team reps in his whole career look up all the media reports of that week Joe never had all the first team reps that is what makes it so sad. Also a wonderful fact that gets lost in the playoff madness is that Joe had a better game in every statistical category than Christian ponder did at Lambeau field. Ponder threw two redzone INT’s and one of them was the worst throw any QB threw last year. Joe webb’s first year he was a WR all of training camp then switched to QB preseason where he was a scout QB, that means minimal reps and working with Defense, then 2011 he remained the third/ scout so never had a rep with the first team and if you remember he was still put in the WR packages so lets be clear he has yet to have a off-season or training camp at only one position, which for a QB is very big, imagine if ponder was taking reps away from QB and running routes instead. It wasnt till last year that Webb was designated to full time QB because he was said to be in competition for the starting job with christian ponder which was never true because of the price Vikings used to get Ponder. So if you take a look at the facts its just that if Ponder had been splitting time a WR and QB since he started in the league one would have to assume he would be further back in his progression than he is today. But sadly i agree Joe webb will not get his chance with the Vikings in short Speilman is not tied to Joe because he was Childress’s last project.

  65. By Ponderthis on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    Three words… Joe Webb sucks!

  66. By vman on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    If we get a shot at a decent QB in the 3rd round , we should take him. I think its possible that one might slip, but none of them ,too me are worth giving up a 2nd or 1st pick. I ‘m not confident that Ponder will physically last………could of had R. Wilson last year in the 3rd……….none of the 2013 class are close to Wilsons talent. Thats all I got to say bout that……….

  67. By Derrick.G on Apr 22, 2013 | Reply

    @WRHopkins2013 Well, in Teo’s defense……..Ben Leber looked like a teddy bear too, and he ended up being a solid LB.

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    Ponderthis

    Two words..Eat Dirt.

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