Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians wouldn't mind having Joe Webb on his side
Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010,
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FOOTBALL COMBINEPittsburgh Steelers Bruce Arians would love having the chance to coach former UAB standout Joe Webb. (The Birmingham News/ Mark Almond)
Joe Webb spent the past month making a strong first impression during his first batch of workouts as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Webb, who was one of the staff members working at the Arians Pro Football Academy Camp at Hoover High on Saturday, was expected to try to win a NFL job at wide receiver. But, thus far, all his time on offense has been spent at quarterback.
He has shown his versatility by working on the Vikings' special teams. He even said on Saturday that he's lined up as the gunner on the punt coverage unit. But, as of now, it appears his best shot to make an impression comes at quarterback.
Bruce Arians, the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is not surprised by Webb's early reviews in Minnesota.
"As an athlete, I donít know if Iíve seen 10 better," Arians said. "The numbers he put up at his (Pro Day) workout at UAB were astonishing. Iíve known it because Iíve watched him out here in the camp every year. He brought a hybrid player to your organization that might could play three positions in a very unique style that maybe no one has since Kordell Stewart."
Arians also wasn't surprised that Webb is making his mark at quarterback -- at least for now -- and not wide receiver.
"He was always known as a runner and a great athlete but he can throw a football," Arians said. "With enough training in the pro style, the sky is the limit for him.
Of course, he said all of this with one big regret.
" I was very anxious to get my hands on that talent but Minnesota did a great job taking him," Arians said.