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Bleacher Report – Vikings

Swing tackle is J'Marcus Webb's job to lose

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — New Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb doesn’t want to talk about what went wrong with his former team the Chicago Bears.

Webb threw out a ‘no comment’ and then proceeded to laugh it off for 13 seconds before being just as coy in more words.

“I’m not too sure,” Webb said. “You know, things work out when they need to at times and things don’t when they don’t. Moving forward, I’m really excited to be here and loving every day of it. Just got here yesterday.”

A seventh-round draft pick by the Bears in 2010, Webb started 44 games on both ends of the offensive line across three seasons.

The Vikings claimed Webb on Sunday when he cleared waivers shortly after being cut by the Bears. Chicago drafted Webb as a right tackle, but ultimately switched him to left, where he struggled, and was switched back to the right side this offseason before being released.

In 2012, Webb allowed seven of the Bears’ 44 sacks while protecting quarterback Jay Cutler’s blindside.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Webb’s name was tossed around when discussing waiver pickups, but when other teams passed on him, the Vikings had their guy.

“I’m comfortable at both and that’s why [the Vikings] seem to have acquired me,” Webb said.

Webb will be the Vikings swing tackle on Week 1 after the team parted ways with tackles Brandon Keith and Troy Kropog over the weekend.

“We had a chance to line up against him a few times,” Frazier said. “We like his length, that really sticks out at you, along with his athletic ability.”

“There are some things he has to work on to become a complete player, that’s one of the reasons we were able to acquire him. We like the size and experience he has in the NFL as a tackle.”

Webb is the only other tackle listed on the roster besides starters Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt, but starting guard Charlie Johnson also has experience at tackle.

“Charlie [Johnson] could kick outside,” Frazier said. “But we’re going to give J’Marcus [Webb] that chance.”

Webb wore No. 73 for the Bears and took the same number with the Vikings. Tackle DeMarcus Love, who used to wear No. 73, is now without a number on the roster as he is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

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