WR Dede Westbrook - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-0, 178Born: 11-21-1993College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Everyone in the Jaguars offense should benefit from the return of Gardner Minshew, but Westbrook is the hottest receiver coming into the game against the Chargers, and he should also dodge Casey Hayward.

General News (Thu Dec 5): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 4): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 14: vs Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. It was terrible timing for Nick Foles to have a bad outing last week as questions were already swirling about his capability to start over Gardner Minshew in this offense. After completing only half of his 14 pass attempts for 93 yards, throwing one interception, and losing two fumbles, Foles was benched at halftime in favor of Minshew to finish out the game. The Minshew era has now been revived as he will start this week against the Chargers. Minshew's mobility adds another dimension to this passing offense, but he did struggle to throw a consistent deep ball for most of his tenure as the starter earlier this season. D.J. Chark should continue to head up this passing offense, and he will be looking to get back on track after failing to exceed 50 receiving yards in three of his last four games. It has actually been Leonard Fournette to lead the team in targets in each of the last two games as he is on pace to nearly double his career-best level of production as a receiver. Minshew didn't quite feed Fournette double-digit targets on a weekly basis, but he did keep Fournette regularly involved and will likely continue supporting very fantasy-friendly stat lines for his star running back. The Chargers passing defense has been a top-tier unit for most of the season, especially in recent weeks as they have given up just the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks since Week 8. Since Week 4, only two quarterbacks have exceeded 220 yards and two have exceeded one passing touchdown when facing the Chargers. Over that span, this team has also forced one interception per game in all but two outings. On top of their success, things are only looking up as All-Pro safety Derwin James returned to the field last week. Having James along with shut-down cornerback Casey Hayward will make it tough on any receiver lining up against the Chargers. While Hayward did uncharacteristically cough up two touchdowns to Courtland Sutton last week, his shadow coverage will still represent a very difficult matchup for D.J. Chark this week. The Los Angeles defensive line has only managed one sack in their last two games, but this group--led by Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa--has the ability to wreak havoc on these weaker Jaguars offensive tackles. Overall, Gardner Minshew should have his work cut out for him as he tries to right the ship for this Jaguars passing offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at IND 53 0 0 0 6 4.0 32 0 0 3.2
12 at TEN 74 0 0 0 9 8.0 69 0 0 6.9
13 vs TB 57 0 0 0 8 5.0 60 1 0 12
14 vs LAC PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.4 * * * *
14 vs LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3.8 * * * *
14 vs LAC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Dede Westbrook's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs TB (8 / 5 / 60 / 1 rec)

Dede Westbrook was maddeningly inconsistent on Sunday. He caught the Jaguars' only touchdown of the game, a quick three-yard pass after an in-line motion helped get him open, and he also caught a two-point conversion by showing terrific balance. His best play was on the first drive as he beat a Buccaneers corner on a nine route down the left sideline and gave Foles an open target to lead down the field for a 39-yard catch. He finished the game with five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, but he also let a second touchdown catch go off of his hands allowing the Buccaneers to intercept it off of the deflection.

2019 Week 12 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 69 / 0 rec)

He got back-to-back short catches in the early second quarter, but was unable to do anything after the catch or convert for a first down. He received a ton of targets in the second half when the Jaguars went into must-pass mode. Almost all of them were short targets that he did little with after the catch, however. He did have one intermediate target and catch on a Deep Over in the third quarter.

2019 Week 11 vs IND (6 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Despite being a focal point of the offense during Foles' time at quarterback in training camp, Westbrook was not much of a factor Sunday. He caight four passes on six targets for 32 yards, with almost half of those yards coming on one catch early in the game. Westbrook ran a lot of short routes out of the slot and was not targeted deep, though it was surprising that Foles did not target him more as a checkdown target after he became more conservative as the game wore on. 

2019 Week 8 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dede Westbrook only played one half of football before leaving with a shoulder and neck injury, but he did not record a catch on his lone target. Westbrook has been amongst the Jaguars' most heavily targeted players all season, so if he continues to deal with a shoulder injury it would be a big loss for the Jacksonville offense.

2019 Week 7 vs CIN (9 / 6 / 103 / 0 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)

Despite entering the game with a shoulder injury, Westbrook was Jacksonville's most targeted wideout with nine targets. He converted this to six receptions for 103 yards, and he also had two carries for 14 yards.  This was by far Westbrook's best game of the season as he frequently found the soft spots in the Bengals' zone coverages and then picked up yards after the catch with ease. He has proven to be Jacksonville's primary quick passing game threat and his chemistry with Minshew is improving dramatically. His best play was a 33-yard reception with less than 0:30 left in the first half as he climbed the ladder and stole the ball out of the air from a defender to not only prevent an interception but also move the Jaguars into field goal range. 

2019 Week 6 vs NO (8 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)

Westbrook led the team in targets with eight but he finished with only three catches for 53 yards. He had one great play vs. man coverage in the second half when he beat Eli Apple on a dig route for a 23-yard gain, but otherwise Westbrook was not a factor on Sunday.  Like Conley, Westbrook had a lot of favorable matchups on Sunday thanks to Chark receiving so much attention. But like Conley, he seemingly was never able to get himself open with any inconsistency, adding to the offense's struggles.

2019 Week 5 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 82 / 0 rec)

Westbrook started the season off slow during its first three weeks but he has turned in two strong performances in a row, though he was a bit less consistent against the Panthers than he was against the Denver Broncos. He caught seven passes for 82 yards, with his longest catch going for 30 yards, as he was able to find the soft zones in the Carolina defense early and often. His quickness off of the line and after the catch makes him dangerous on short to intermediate throws and this was the case against the Panthers. On the flip side, Westbrook also dropped one pass and made a terrible mistake on special teams. With less than a minute left in the first half, head coach Doug Marrone used the last of his timeouts to give his offense a chance to get into field goal range and get points before the half. But the entire strategy was wasted when Westbrook caught the ensuing punt and ran the entire lateral distance of the field trying to make a play, despite there being almost no time in the half. He wasted almost 20 seconds and ended up actually losing three yards.

2019 Week 4 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Westbrook had a very quiet day, but made the biggest reception on the game-winning drive. He caught a Deep Out from the slot, picking up enough yards after the catch to get the ball into comfortable range for a Josh Lambo field goal.

2019 Week 3 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Westbrook caught the first pass of the third drive, a quick Flat route for a short gain. Later in the drive he made a fantastic extended catch near the sideline on a Corner route off Play-Action. He got a Jet Sweep carry for a pickup of four yards that came directly out of the Los Angeles Rams' playbook. He had two bad drops during the two-minute drill to end the first half. On the first, he popped up a well-thrown slant and almost caused an interception. The second was another easy drop on an Out route on 3rd and 4 that would have gone for a conversion. On a 3rd and 4 in the second half, he dropped a would-be touchdown on another bucket Fade throw by Minshew. Westbrook got his hands on it, but bobbled and dropped the ball as he went down in the endzone.

2019 Week 2 vs HOU (5 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Westbrook was targeted five times but only ended the game with one catch for three yards. He was routinely open but penalties seemed to negate every big play he made -- from a holding on the offensive line eliminating a 12-yard gain on a screen to a 28-yard gain being negated by a strange offensive pass interference call, yellow flags hurt Westbrook's production more than anything.

2019 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

With Nick Foles going down early, Dede Westbrook did not get many chances to show off the strong bond the two of them had created. Westbrook also saw a lot of double coverage, forcing the team to push the ball to different players. Most of Wesbtbrook's five catches were screens or dump offs, but he did make a great adjustment on a 15-yard touchdown from Gardner Minshew. Expect him to see more targets in future games.

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Latest News

Jaguars | Dede Westbrook away from practice (Thu Dec 5, 06:51 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (personal) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5.

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Jaguars | Dede Westbrook misses practice (Wed Dec 4, 04:45 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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Jaguars | Dede Westbrook reaches end zone (Sun Dec 1, 06:37 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook caught five passes for 60 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13. He was targeted eight times during the game.

Our View: Westbrook's value got a bump when Gardner Minshew came in. He'll be a WR3/Flex next week against the Chargers no matter who is at quarterback.
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Jaguars | Eight grabs for Dede Westbrook (Sun Nov 24, 10:39 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook caught eight of his nine targets for 69 yards in a 42-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 12.

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Jaguars | Dede Westbrook back on the field (Fri Nov 22, 04:19 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (illness) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 12.

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