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Vikings rookie meter: Week 16

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By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at how the Vikings' rookies fared in the Week 16 win over the Eagles:

CB Chris Cook (second round): On injured reserve.

RB Toby Gerhart (second round): After playing quite a bit in recent weeks, he received only a handful of snaps against the Eagles, mostly in pass protection.

DE Everson Griffen (fourth round): Ditto with Griffen, who had a few pressures in only a few snaps.

OG Chris DeGeare (fifth round): He started again for Steve Hutchinson and held his own despite a few subpar performances before that. He's big but needs seasoning and perhaps a bit more of a nasty streak in him.

QB Joe Webb (sixth round): No one could have expected Webb to play the way he did in his first career start considering the way he struggled so badly in a relief appearance the week before against the Bears. The talk of him moving back to receiver already had started up. But Webb looked like a completely different QB in his second game. He threw the ball with conviction and completed a strong 17-of-26 passes for 195 yards and, most importantly, no turnovers. Webb also made a magician's nine-yard run, evading no fewer than four tackle attempts to get into the endzone despite being in tight quarters near the sideline. His 46-yard strike to Percy Harvin was Webb's best throw of the game. Now the talk is that Webb might be a QB, after all.

OT Thomas Welch (sixth round, Patriots): Welch, who was picked up off waivers from the Patriots, was a healthy inactive.

C Jon Cooper (undrafted): Cooper did not play against the Eagles.

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