Webb not pressing the issue

The temptation might be for rookie Joe Webb to start pressing to impress in his final preseason showing Thursday night, but he says that's not his intention. Webb talked about his progress, where he wants to improve and how he's approaching the final week before roster cuts.

Joe Webb might feel the pressure of NFL roster cuts coming down, but he insists he can't let that affect the way he approaches the opportunities he gets in games and push for too much too soon in his attempt to win a roster spot.

"Not really. Just go with the flow of the game. I know my role playing behind Brett (Favre), Tarvaris (Jackson) and Sage (Rosenfels)," Webb said. "I know when my time is going in a game, so I just try to make the best of it, just try to do my job and go through my reads like the coach asks me to and try to impress them."

Webb has the team's second-highest passer rating among Vikings quarterbacks this year at 99.5, but he is engaged in a battle with Rosenfels for the No. 3 quarterback role. Rosenfels has the highest rating of the preseason at 118.4 and the most attempts (47), completions (30) and touchdowns (four).

Webb, meanwhile, has completed 12 of 21 passes (57.1 percent) for two touchdowns and no interceptions while compiling a 99.5 rating.

"I felt pretty good. The time I got, I tried to make the most of it. Just try to put together a drive," Webb said.

"I feel more comfortable than what I was at the beginning of training camp. I've been studying a lot, making sure I get the offense down pat. It's coming along pretty good."

Webb got the final series of work in Saturday's game against Seattle and threw the ball only once, but it was a 7-yard touchdown to fellow rookie Ryan D'Imperio.

Besides a big frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), Webb also has great athleticism for the position, as witnessed by the Vikings originally drafting him in the sixth round with the intention of changing him to a receiver. But Webb might have to avoid the rookie temptation to run first and not keep his eyes on receiving options down the field.

"I'm always capable to get out of the pocket if the pocket breaks down. I know I can do that," he said. "(I) just want to improve more in that area: sit in the pocket and read down the field."

Webb said he has no idea where he stands in relation to roster cuts, which start on Tuesday with a cut from 80 players to 75 and take hold in earnest on Saturday, when teams have to be down to 53 players. For now, Webb prefers to concentrate on the football aspect instead of the business realities of the NFL.

That reality says he's playing for the No. 3 spot at quarterback. Despite Rosenfels' success during the preseason, head coach Brad Childress said Jackson is likely to remain the No. 2 quarterback no matter what happens in the preseason finale Thursday night. "Everything happens for a reason. Whatever happens, some good will come out of it for me – if it's for me going to another team or staying here," he said. "For right now, my mind is just focused right here on the Vikings and just try to make the most of it."

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