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Senior Bowl: QB Davis Webb must adjust to pro-style offense

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Webb understands the question, says he is “a quick learner”

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl-South Practice
Davis Webb under center during Senior Bowl practice.
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One of the biggest questions NFL scouts have about quarterback Davis Webb is whether he can adjust to a pro-style offense after playing in spread systems at Texas Tech and Cal. Webb is at the Senior Bowl this week hoping to begin answering that question.

Davis Webb

(6-5, 230) California, Projected round: 3

Q: What are you doing since the college football season has ended to adapt to the pro game?

Webb: My quarterback coach for this off-season is Jim Zorn, a great quarterback with the Seahawks. He is well respected in NFL ranks. So we have been getting after it and learning new systems. For the next 10 weeks our plan is to work on my weaknesses. I wish I had a cannon for an arm like he still has, but my arm strength is excellent.

Q: Do you have any issues adapting to a new system?

Webb: Coach Zorn has helped me already with adapting and learning new terminologies. I feel like I have been getting better. He is setting me up to be successful on 3, 5 and 7-step drops.

Q: What is he working on you the most?

Webb: The biggest thing Coach Zorn has been telling me is that I have the capacity to learn any system and that I can play this game as long as I want to, 10 or 12 years. I am a quick learner and a coach’s kid.

Q: You had only one day with practices here at the Senior Bowl. What is your first impression?

Webb: My head is still spinning, but I have the ability to listen and learn from someone who certainly knows more than me and where I have been from. The Bears system is a brand new area, a brand new system that none of (the three QBs) have been accustomed to, but I am excited and anxious to pick it up.

Q: Are you planning on throwing at the combine?

Webb: Yes, sir. That is 100 percent.


Barry Shuck is at the Senior Bowl this week gathering interviews and providing live coverage for Giants fans.

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