Thread: Joe Webb switching to WR
04-15-2013, 05:34 PM #21Coordinator
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I think this is a good move, but not for the same reasons as others have indicated.
First, we're not going to keep four QBs anyway. Either Webb or MBT would be hitting the bricks at some point.
Second, by switching positions, if we do keep him on, his next contract will pay as a WR based on his performance, not as a QB. Assuming, that is, that we even want to keep him at that point.
Third, it allows his freakish athletic ability to be put to better use.
It's a no-lose proposition.
Of course, I'd like it even better if they put him to work returning kicks. That's somewhere he could really shine and is also a position of possible need for us. Too bad he's not suitable for MLB. Maybe CB?
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04-15-2013, 06:01 PM #22
6'4" 225lbs. 4.43s 40 yard dash. 3.91s short shuttle. 6.55s 3 cone drill. 42.5' vertical. 11'5.5" broad jump.
6'4" 221lbs. 4.63s 40 yard dash. 4.24s short shuttle. 7.20s 3 cone drill. 36.5" vertical. 10'3" broad jump.
6' 204lbs. 4.38s 40 yard dash. 4.08s short shuttle. 6.56 3 cone drill. 38" vertical. 10'5" broad jump.
Athleticism is not an issue, at all.
I'd make a Troy Brown reference, but it's not appropriate. Troy Brown was an NFL wide receiver, Joe Webb really never has been.
Going from QB to CB is a huge step. At least wide receivers know CB tendencies from seeing it every time they play or practice. If he ever played corner in the past, maybe he could do it. But from a technique perspective I think it's a lost cause. The time it would take to make an NFL quality cornerback out of someone who's(presumably) never played it before would create a wasted roster spot. I think too many teams would have interest in him as a receiver for us to keep him around as a project corner.
Last edited by Mr Anderson; 04-15-2013 at 06:22 PM.
In the end when I floated the idea of him being a CB I certainly don't have any faith that our staff could make that type of change. If it were the Patriots then yeah, but we can't even develop the players we draft who are CB's and WR's let alone turn them into a player at a totally different position.
Here is a little bit on his tangibles.
Working out as a wide receiver at UAB Pro Day, some of Webb's numbers would have led other wide receivers' at the NFL combine. His vertical jump of 42.5 inches (108 cm) was better than any turned in by a receiver, as was his standing long jump of 11 feet 5.5 inches (3.49 m). Webb's bench press—21 reps at 225 pounds (102 kg)—was the best at his position. Only one other receiver managed 20 reps at the same weight, according to UAB athletic department. Webb also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
04-15-2013, 06:45 PM #24
Jerome Simpson now has some competition in training camp. To be honest I hope Joe can learn to catch and run routes, being a former quarterback he should know where to be as a receiver. I have no idea how his ball catching skills are at this point but if he can catch 6 of 10 then he will be on par with Jerome(The Joint)Simpson.
In the end he will more than likely be cut, but you never know. The sun shines on a dogs ass every now and again.
04-15-2013, 08:49 PM #25Why must you defend everything this FO does....to the point of making your self look like a yes man.
04-16-2013, 10:02 AM #27
I don't get all this negative stuff about Webb. ie If he can learn to catch, if he can figure out how to run routs, etc. He was drafted as a receiver!!! Obviously someone knew he could catch the ball, and someone knew he was smart enough to memorize a few pass routs. And someone figured out he was big enough and strong enough to get past being jammed at the LOS. Personally I wish they had put him in as a receiver two years ago instead of wasting time on him as a backup QB.
04-17-2013, 06:50 AM #29
"If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"
04-17-2013, 11:28 AM #30