Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/16/13

While Christian Ponder may be the incumbent, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback who actually started a playoff game after the 2012 season is no longer in the picture at the position. According to The Associated Press, the Vikings are planning to convert former backup QB Joe Webb into a full-time receiver for the team. Webb completed 11 of 30 passes for 180 yards in that 24-10 wild-card loss to the Green Bay Packers, but it’s Webb’s skills as a wideout at Alabama-Birmingham that Minnesota is looking at. During his time in college, Webb served as a QB-WR hybrid, with the Vikings selecting him in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL draft largely because of his athleticism — many believed Webb was actually being drafted as a receiver. However, Minnesota signed Matt Cassel to be Ponder’s backup this offseason, leaving Webb without a role. Webb was informed of the team’s decision after the Vikings took Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in last month’s draft. “Coach brought me in the office and talked to me about the different plans they had and stuff,” Webb told the Star-Tribune. “I haven’t played [receiver] since my rookie minicamp, but I think I can adjust to it pretty good. You just have to put in a lot of work. [Wide receivers coach George Stewart] will do a lot of that with me, so we’ll see what happens.” Webb ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine as a prospect. However, he’s only caught one pass in the NFL. Photo via Facebook/Joe Webb

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