Joe Webb

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Joe Webb
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Webb with the Carolina Panthers in 2016
No. 5 – Houston Texans
Position:Quarterback
Wide receiver
Kickoff returner
Personal information
Born: (1986-11-14) November 14, 1986 (age 32)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Birmingham (AL) Wenonah
College:UAB
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 199
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing yards:888
TDINT:3–6
Passer rating:63.1
Receiving yards:74
Rushing yards:326
Rushing touchdowns:4
Total return yards:401
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Joseph Webb III[1] (born November 14, 1986) is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He also plays as a wide receiver and kick returner. After playing college football for the UAB Blazers, Webb was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft as a quarterback. He has also played for the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Born to Joseph and Wanda Webb, Joe Webb attended Ensley High School from 2001–2004.[2] He transferred to Wenonah High School in 2004, where he was named honorable mention Class 5A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.[3] While attending Wenonah, he led the team to the first round of state playoffs, eventually finishing third in the region. Webb set a school-record at Wenonah for touchdowns in one game, throwing four in a 415-yard passing performance. Webb also played basketball and baseball and was a member of the National Honor Society.[4]

College career[edit]

Webb enrolled at UAB in 2005 and was redshirted for the 2005 season under head coach Watson Brown.[5][6]

In 2006, Webb did not get an opportunity to play until the 11th game at Southern Miss, but he was able to start the final two games of the season. During the season finale at University of Central Florida, he connected on 33-of-51 passes (64.7 percent) for 426 yards with one touchdown pass, a season high for any Blazer quarterback that year.[7]

During the 2007 season, under new head coach Neil Callaway, Webb saw extensive action, playing as a wide receiver, starting seven games and finishing the season with 30 receptions for 459 yards with three touchdown catches.[8][9]

The 2008 season was Webb's first full season as UAB's quarterback, starting all 12 contests, where he passed the C-USA record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season with 1,021 yards.[10] He was also ranked fourth in the nation for rushing yards for a quarterback. He was voted a permanent season team captain by his Blazer teammates at the end of the season. As a junior, Webb became the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons. Webb was ranked in the top 12 nationally of three statistical categories: total offense (5th), rushing (10th) and passing efficiency (12th).

Webb finished his 2009 senior year season with 2,299 passing yards and 1,427 yards on the ground.[11]

For his career, Webb had 5,771 passing yards and 2,774 rushing yards for a total of 8,545 offensive yards. He also registered 37 passing touchdowns, 24 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores.[4] Webb wasn't invited to the 2010 NFL combine.

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.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Passing Rushing Receiving
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2006 UAB 33 51 64.7 426 8.4 1 0 141.3 24 38 1.6 1 0 0 0.0 0
2007 UAB 65 117 55.6 679 5.8 5 1 116.7 67 288 4.3 1 30 459 15.3 3
2008 UAB 208 353 58.9 2,367 6.7 10 16 115.5 198 1,021 5.2 11 0 0 0.0 0
2009 UAB 162 271 59.8 2,299 8.5 21 8 150.7 227 1,427 6.3 11 2 12 6.0 1
Career 468 792 59.1 5,771 7.3 37 25 129.4 516 2,774 5.4 24 32 471 14.7 4

Source:[13]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
223 lb
(101 kg)
4.43 s 1.54 s 2.54 s 4.04 s 6.71 s 42.5 in
(1.08 m)
11 ft 5 in
(3.48 m)
21 reps
All values from UAB Pro Day

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

2010 season[edit]

Webb at the Vikings training camp in 2011.

On April 24, 2010, Webb was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, 199th overall in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.[14] He was originally drafted as a quarterback/wide receiver prospect, but then head coach Brad Childress announced that Webb would exclusively play quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.[15]

Webb's National Football League (NFL) debut was against the Buffalo Bills on December 5, 2010. He took the opening kickoff – becoming the first Vikings quarterback to return a kickoff – before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.[16][17]

Webb made his professional debut at quarterback on December 13, 2010 against the New York Giants. He completed two-of-five attempts for eight yards and also had a 16-yard run.[18]

Webb rushed for his first professional touchdown as quarterback on December 20, 2010, against the Chicago Bears in Minnesota. Filling in for an injured Brett Favre, he completed 15-of-26 passes for 129 yards, with two interceptions; he also had six rushing attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown.[19]

On December 28, 2010, Webb made his first career start, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Scoring one rushing touchdown and throwing for 195 yards, he was 17-of-26 with no interceptions. Initially projected to lose by two touchdowns, the Vikings pulled off an upset win, 24–14.[20][21] In the regular season finale against the Detroit Lions, he finished with 145 passing yards and an interception in the 20–13 loss.[22]

2011 season[edit]

During the 2011 season, Webb was used occasionally as part of a "blazer package" specially designed for his unique skill set.

In the Vikings' week 14 game vs the Detroit Lions, starting quarterback Christian Ponder was benched early in the third quarter after throwing three interceptions and fumbling once. Webb entered the game with a 31–14 deficit, and proceeded to bring the team back and nearly achieve a victory, throwing his first professional touchdown pass and rushing for 109 yards including a 65-yard touchdown run (a franchise record for quarterbacks, and the longest run of his career). His 109 rushing yards set a franchise record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback.[16] Webb's efforts ultimately led to a 1st and goal situation at the one-yard line with nine seconds in the game and a score of 34–28. On the final play, Webb fumbled the ball ending the game.[23]

On December 24, 2011 against the Washington Redskins, Webb came in after Ponder left the game with a concussion. Webb was 4-of-5 for 84 yards and two touchdowns for a perfect 158.3 passer rating; he rushed for another touchdown. He led the team to a 33–26 victory at Washington.[24][25]

Overall, in the 2011 season, Webb finished with 376 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, two interceptions, 154 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns.[26]

2012 season[edit]

During the 2012 season, Webb had his roles limited as he was not once used as a quarterback in the regular season. On January 5, 2013, Webb was named the starting quarterback for the Vikings' Wild Card match against the Green Bay Packers after Christian Ponder was sidelined with an elbow injury. Webb finished with 11 completions on 30 attempts with 180 passing yards and one touchdown in a losing effort.[27][28]

2013 season[edit]

With the signing of Matt Cassel on March 14, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier mentioned that Webb may be given consideration to play other positions besides quarterback. "(Webb) is such a talented athlete that we want to make sure that we're doing the right thing by him and our team, as well." said Frazier, "That's something we'll continue to discuss as we go forward." It was confirmed on May 15 that Webb had been informed of his switch to wide receiver.[29] Frazier showed interest in having Webb play quarterback again when Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder were injured. Webb later said in a press conference that he had no desire to play quarterback again for the Vikings. In 2013, Webb caught five passes for 33 yards.[30]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Webb and Cam Newton in 2016

On March 21, 2014, Webb signed with the Carolina Panthers. Even though he previously said in 2013 that he had no intention of playing as a quarterback again, when signed with the Panthers he has been the third string backup quarterback, and also used as a wide receiver.[31] However, his predominant onfield role with the Panthers had been returning kickoffs.[32][33]

In the 2015 season, Webb continued his role as a kick returner for the Panthers.[34]

On January 3, 2016, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Webb recovered Buccaneer Bobby Rainey's fumble.[35][36]

On February 7, 2016, Webb was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, he was the team's kick returner as the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[37]

On September 2, 2017, Webb was released by the Panthers.[38]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On September 4, 2017, Webb was signed by the Buffalo Bills.[39] Webb played in the wildcat formation and on special teams for the Bills throughout the 2017 season, taking the reins as quarterback in the third quarter of a snowy game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10 after Nathan Peterman suffered a concussion.[40] The Bills won in overtime by a score of 13–7.[41][42]

Houston Texans[edit]

On April 5, 2018, Webb signed with the Houston Texans.[43] Webb was cut by the team on September 1, but was re-signed the next day with a one-year, $915,000 contract.[44][45]

On March 21, 2019, Webb re-signed with the Texans.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Passing Rushing Receiving Kick return
Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds TD
2010 MIN 5 54 89 60.7 477 0 3 60.9 18 120 6.7 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 30 0
2011 MIN 11 34 63 54.0 376 3 2 74.6 22 154 7.0 2 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0 0
2012 MIN 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 1 −1 −1.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 MIN 16 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 5 33 6.6 15 0 1 9 0
2014 CAR 7 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 1 16 16.0 16 0 2 53 0
2015 CAR 16 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 1 −1 −1.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 8 178 0
2016 CAR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 6 131 0
2017 BUF 16 2 7 28.6 35 0 1 8.3 8 54 6.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 HOU 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 13 6.5 7 0 0 0 0
Career 102 90 159 56.6 888 3 6 63.1 50 326 6.5 4 10 74 7.6 16 0 18 401 0

[32]

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