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Joe Webb doesn’t get trapped by quarterback talk

Joe Webb

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)


It’s widely presumed that the Vikings need, and thus will look for, a new quarterback. The guy who finished the 2010 season with the job isn’t fazed.

“They might have quite a few quarterbacks at camp,” Joe Webb told Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I’ll just be doing what I’ve done all my life, competing for a job. Some people think the team should draft a quarterback in the first round or get someone else or keep me. I can’t control any of that. I just know that whenever I do get on the field, I’m well-prepared for the opportunity.”

Webb was a sixth-round pick in 2010, drafted as a receiver. When he showed up for rookie minicamp (the kind of minicamp that won’t happen in 2011 if there’s a lockout), the Vikings realized that he had huge hands and that he could use them to throw a football pretty darn well.

And so Webb was converted to quarterback. With Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson hurt late in the year, Webb started the last two games of the year, including an upset win over the Eagles in Philly.

Still, it would be a major upset if Webb is the starter come September.