The Facts: The positional ping-pong that has been Webb’s career will continue, in a new city. Webb will be joining the Panthers as a quarterback. The team announced the move on Friday.
Diehards Line: Webb played quarterback in college. The Vikings made him a sixth-round pick in 2010 as a receiver, but promptly switched him to quarterback. His three years at the position included leading Minnesota to an upset win over the Eagles on a rare Tuesday night game in Philly. Webb’s run at quarterback culminated in an unexpected January 2013 playoff start that went poorly (thanks to a game plan that didn’t take advantage of his strengths). Last season, the Vikings moved him back to receiver for the final year of his contract. ... Meanwhile, as PFT's Mike Florio notes, if the Panthers like what they see in Webb, he could give the Panthers a backup whose skills more closely match Newton’s than Derek Anderson, allowing a more seamless transition if Newton suffers an injury during the season. For now, though, Derek Anderson remains the primary backup to Newton.