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Offensive Tackle J'Marcus Webb Visited Chiefs On Sunday

Lost in the insanity that was the Emmanuel Sanders contract situation was the Chiefs met with an offensive lineman over the weekend. His name is J’Marcus Webb and he’s coming from the Minnesota Vikings. Here’s the twitter proof of his visit to KC:

Webb could be one of two solutions: A replacement for Donald Stephenson as a swing tackle or the starting right tackle.

Drafted in the seventh round in 2010 by the Bears, Webb appeared in only five games for the Vikings in 2013, posting a +2.7 grade over 108 snaps. The year prior he was with the Chicago Bears as the starting left tackle where posted a -1.8 grade in 1,073 snaps.

Much of what you’ll read about Webb is not very positive but context matters here. As a seventh round draft pick, Webb immediately became a starter in 2010, his rookie season, after injuries to the Bears offensive line. He struggled greatly jumping from West Texas A&M to the NFL and had a nightmare season.

The following season Webb was moved from right tackle to the starting left tackle. Again he struggled but he improved the overall quality of his play while also switching from the right side to the more difficult left side. In addition he was having to overcome Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator.

In 2012, Martz was let go but Webb was kept as the starting left tackle. With the exception of a horrible game against the San Francisco 49ers where he allowed three sacks and five hurries, Webb was a slightly above average left tackle.

Webb turns 26 in August and has improve every year he has been in the NFL. Here’s the breakdown of his PFF overall grades:

2010: -35 (starting right tackle; grade includes playoff games)
2011: -16.2 (starting left tackle)
2012: -1.8 (overall grade would be +4.6 if 49ers game were removed)
2013: +2.7 (only 108 snaps, all at RT; +1 grade in only start)

At 6-7, 330 pounds, he may be too tall to play guard but the size an athleticism is intriguing. Get him in a system with a coaching staff that makes sense for him and the Chiefs could have a solid piece on their hands for little money.

At worst the Chiefs are adding a quality swing tackle. At best the Chiefs would be getting a starting right tackle who has experience on the left side. This isn’t an offensive line solving move but it would add some depth back that the Chiefs lost in the opening hours of free agency.

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  • tgaletti

    Experienced depth is what we need !!! Bring him in !!!

  • berttheclock

    Remember, Ben, when, you are reporting about anyone named Webb, it is “Just the facts, just the facts”. Yes, we need bodies for that O-line. Without them, it becomes very lonely for Andy Heck.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    This is where Dorsey earns a lot of his keep. It’s not just the draft, it’s finding players young free agents with talent that are undervalued. Denver can sign the big names whose best days are behind them. I am fine with Dorsey looking for value with lesser known talents. Players like that help the Chiefs do things like extend Alex Smith and Justin Houston.

    • berttheclock

      Interesting comments over at sfgate/niners about the Niners still trying to find wide outs (yes, they are not happy with the Sanders deal, either). One funny thing mentioned by a poster was a statement how often fans had spoke of the Niners not being able to land quality wide outs due to Alex Smith. Well, the poster, went on to say, what about Kap being here and we still can’t find quality? BTW, our Bennie the Bengal cat approves your photo.

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        Cheap quality is an ongoing process. You find one, like Schwartz and other teams catch on and sign him for bigger bucks. Dorsey needs to do that every year. SF generally does a fine job finding talent. I am not sure why they can’t find enough good wide outs.

  • berttheclock

    The last time the Giants won the SB, they had two offensive linemen on their practice squad/roster, who kept kept bouncing back and forth to keep enough bodies on the playing field. Both of them were no names, who had been on the payrolls of several different teams, only to not last full time due to injuries, but, both of them never gave up and kept working out to get into shape and trying to improve.

  • clay simester

    Webb will have to improve drastically to be worth a paycheck of any size. I watched that dude nearly get Cutler killed on a weekly basis. He was pretty young then though, so maybe the game is starting to slow down a little for him. He is an enormous human being though

    • berttheclock

      So, he was the one who caused Cutler to throw 4 INTs and only complete 11 out of 27 against the Packers. Yes, that was the same game where Cutler shoved him. But, that was two years ago, when, as a rookie, he was forced to play LT.

      • clay simester

        Nah, Cutler doesn’t need anyone’s help to throw int’s, he’s a turnover machine sometimes. In order for him to throw int’s, he has to be able to actually throw the ball before getting his head taken off. It wasn’t just Webb, the whole line was brutal that year. I’ve never seen a qb get hit that much. I think the NYG sacked him like 8 times in the first half or something ridiculous. Webb didn’t seem nearly as bad on the right side. It just seemed like the speed rushers were way too fast for him while playing LT. He reminded me of Jared Gaither, the guy would already be past him before he even realized the ball was snapped. Like i said though, he’s enormous and pretty young so who knows.