WR Dede Westbrook - Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs LAC (7 / 6 / 25 / 0 rec)

Even with a gameplan that seemed to focus almost exclusively on passing underneath, Westbrook did nothing of note. His first target/touch did not come until the opening drive of the second half - a quick pass to the flats off of play-action. He sporadically got the ball underneath, but was not able to do anything after the catch and was tackled immediately (as evidenced by his 6 catches for 25 yards).

2019 Week 15 vs OAK (4 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Despite no Chark, Westbrook was an afterthought on Sunday. He caught two passes for 14 yards and had one drop. He simply only sees high percentage targets that don't give him much of a chance to make a play, but he also has trouble separating so this is understandable.

2019 Week 16 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Westbrook received the first two targets of the game (both short). The second was a drop on 3rd and 4 that killed the JaguarsÕ first drive of the game. After his drop, he was not targeted again until the 4th quarter (a well-covered Go route).

2019 Week 17 vs IND (8 / 7 / 72 / 1 rec)

Westbrook opened the game up getting some nice, easy short targets. He missed out on a potential touchdown catch when Minshew overthrew him on a pick play in the endzone on the opening drive. He finally got on the scoreboard late in the 4th quarter, running a Deep Cross route into the endzone off a Minshew scramble.

2018 Week 1 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)

Westbrook's first target came of a Deep Over on the first drive. Bortles' ball placement was excellent, but Westbrook was not able to make the catch. It appears that the safety's hit dislodged the ball, but the ball was already coming out before contact as Westbrook tried to awkwardly trap the ball against his chest. Bortles went right back to him for a 3rd and 4 conversion on a quick Out on the next play. He was targeted again on the same Deep Over concept he dropped on the first drive and he secured it for a 20 yard gain. He came notably wide open on a dig route in the 3rd quarter that Bortles checked down prematurely for an incompletion. He made a crucial 3rd and 3 conversion on a quick out with 5:30 remaining in the 4th quarter that allowed the drive to extend and some additional time to run off.

2018 Week 2 vs NE (5 / 4 / 83 / 1 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)

The game started disappointingly for Westbrook, as he opened the game with a fumble on his first catch that was recovered by his teammate. Most of his action in this game came on short crossers, and it looked like it was going to be a quiet game for him overall before he sealed the game with a 61 yard catch-and-run on a simple Drag route in the 4th quarter. His man got caught in the trash going over the middle of the field, and Westbrook was able to hit the jets in the open field. He made two defenders miss with the ball in his hands before running away from the defense and scoring.

2018 Week 3 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Westbrook continues to see most of his production coming on Shallow Crosses and screens. He is improving in the YAC department, but still isnít a threat that defenses divert a lot of attention to or fear. He did have one very nice 3rd and long conversion on Pop pass vs the blitz.

2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (13 / 9 / 130 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Westbrook had his best game so far as a pro. He was fantastic in terms of picking up yards after the catch. He got heavy usage underneath on Shallow Crosses but took almost every reception for positive YAC. His biggest play came on a Deep Cross where he also broke multiple tackles after the catch to pick up additional yardage. In the third quarter, he had another big reception downfield on a Corner route that was called back on an Illegal Shift penalty. Like Yeldon, he also had an awful fumble late in the 4th quarter with the Jaguars up and trying to run the clock out. Had the defense not come through, it could have been a much closer game.

2018 Week 5 vs KC (5 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)

Westbrook was completely uninvolved through the first half. Bortles seemingly made an effort to come out of halftime to get him the ball. His first target of the game came on the first drive of the 3rd quarter. He broke open on a shallow cross and took it for 30 yards. He also had a very nice diving catch on a Deep Over for 23 yards on the following drive. Besides that, Bortles did not look his way very often.

2018 Week 6 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)

Westbrook's first target did not come until 8 minutes left in the second quarter. Bortles broke the pocket and flipped the ball to Westbrook underneath at the last second. Westbrook did not anticipate Bortles tossing the ball to him and dropped it out of surprise. He was on the receiving end of the Jaguars lone scoring play of the day - a Deep Over where he got behind Sean Lee. It was the only notable play for him. Bortles was intercepted trying to throw the Deep Over to him again, but Westbrook was double covered and Dallas easily got the turnover.

2018 Week 7 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Westbrook did not record a target or a reception until 10:00 remaining in the third quarter. Once Kessler came in and the team started running more quick pass game concepts, he started to get more targets.

2018 Week 8 vs PHI (6 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Bortles' inaccuracy on screens and inability to really throw any routes besides the Shallow Cross is really hampering Westbrook's output this season. They did run a successful end around for him early in the game ñ a good way to get him the ball in space since they can't accomplish it in the passing game.

2018 Week 10 vs IND (10 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

Westbrook had a minimal impact on this game, even with all the short passing the Jaguars did over the second half. He did have 5 receptions, but none of them broke for much yardage.

2018 Week 11 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Westbrook has four targets on Bortles' 18 targets, but only two of those targets were able to be converted into catches for what has been a string of frustrating games where the Jaguars fail to get Westbrook the ball. Westbrook 's longest catch went for 14 yards, with most of the yards coming after the catch. Westbrook shows an impeccable ability to make defenders miss with the ball in his hands, but Bortles simply could not get the ball to him consistently enough.Westbrook 's best fantasy value may be on special teams at this point. He has returned punts for the team for the last five games, and has came close to breaking a huge return for a score almost every game. He displays his full skill set on these plays, and he is due to take one for a score one game this season.

2018 Week 12 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec, 1 / 43 / 0 rush)

Westbrook is the only wide receiver who did anything of note. He had the longest play of the game for the Jaguars - 43 yards on an end-around carry. He did also catch a short TD during the Jaguars 1st and goal from the 1 yard line drive, but a holding penalty nullified it and backed the Jaguars up, eventually leading to their missed field goal.

2018 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Westbrook was mostly a non-factor in this game. He was not targeted until halfway through the second quarter and didn't record a reception until the third. He also had what qualified as a 'carry' but was really a lateral/backwards pass that lost a yard and also holding was called on the play. Like Moncrief, he also had a big third down conversion that helped to lead to one of Jacksonville's two field goals. He ran a Stick route and converted it to an Out once he saw Kessler pressured and scrambling.

2018 Week 14 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)

Westbrook was the star for the Jaguars in Week 14 if you can say there was one. He absorbed a huge hit to make a catch to get the team into the red zone, laid out to make other catches, and executed a perfect and high difficulty toe tap to account for the Jaguars only touchdown. He'll at least cause us to pause in deeper leagues when setting lineups going forward.

2018 Week 15 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 20 / 0 rush)

Westbrook is the only Jacksonville wide receiver who recorded a catch yesterday. The longest went for 8 yards. He had the only plays of note for the entire Jacksonville offense. The first, a 74 yard punt return at the very end of the first half (Jacksonville's only touchdown of the game). have the best play of the day for the Jaguars on offense with a 20 yard end-around carry.

2018 Week 16 vs MIA (8 / 7 / 45 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Westbrook has been the one semi-reliable receiving option this season. As it stands, he is the best player in a terrible wide receiving group. The team cannot get him the ball reliably even in the short passing game. He's arguably already a better, more explosive version of what they get from Marqise Lee, so it will be interesting to see how the team distributes playing time between the two going forward. There's a redundancy issue in play. Westbrook more than any player would benefit from better quarterback play. Long term, however, he cannot be relied on to be the best wide receiver in a passing game.

2018 Week 17 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dede Westbrook exited the season very quietly. His longest catch went for just 6 yards, and he also muffed and lost a punt. He got some targets on the Jaguars first drive and mostly went forgotten for the rest of the game after muffing the punt in the first quarter.

2017 Week 11 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Westbrook had a diving catch to the tune of 28 yards during his first NFL game. His speed was evident from the first snap he played and he simply made more plays for the Jaguars than their current wideouts have as of late. The best example was on an incorrectly ruled no-catch, where Westbrook extended vertically for an errant Bortles pass and then was able to get two feet in bounds. He did have one bad drop that was because he did not secure the ball, and he fumbled out of bounds one time as well.

2017 Week 12 vs ARI (10 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)

Westbrook was the most effective wideout for the Jaguars but he too did not do much. He was fed several short targets in space that allowed him to get yards after the catch, and he showed good speed, strength, and vision as a runner. He made several catches over the middle and did not have any drops. He was open deep for a touchdown on one of the game's first drives but Bortles underthrew him. He still climbed the ladder and nearly grabbed the pass out of the air over the defender before going out of bounds.

2017 Week 13 vs IND (9 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)

Westbrook had another solid game. He dropped one pass that would've converted a first down but besides that, he did it all for the Jaguars. He was used as the underneath possession threat in place of Allen Hurns, and he possesses a better ability to pick up yards after the catch. The Jaguars frequently threw him quick hitting passes in space that let him find his own yards. He was able to catch a pass for a big gain in the first half after beating the Colts man coverage on a corner route and then keeping his balance through the catch. He is the most naturally talented wideout that was on the Jaguars offense on Sunday.

2017 Week 14 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 81 / 1 rec)

Westbrook had his best game as a pro. He looked like a veteran wideout thanks to his ability to adjust to passes and secure them. He made three huge catches on the day; the first one was on a sluggo route where he beat the corner early in the route thanks to smooth release. He created a window to throw the ball but an under throw forced him to stop in his tracks almost completely. He rotated his body and shielded the ball from the corner while lowering himself to the ground for the ball and a 20+ yard gain. His next big play was the aforementioned touchdown, the first of his career. He once again created a window for Bortles thanks to his quickness and his routes and was able to finish the catch through contact. His final big catch was a third down conversion in the fourth quarter. He ran a slant off of the line and Bortles quickly delivered the ball but the window could not have been more tighter. Westbrook used his body to secure the ball and held onto it through contact from several defenders.

2017 Week 15 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Westbrook had a quiet game compared to Cole but he still showed a lot of the traits that have people excited about him. He once again showed an ability to pull in the tough catch, catching two contested passes in the game. He also drew two pass interferences in the end zone that would lead to Jaguar touchdowns. He has not been used as much as a deep threat as anticipated earlier, but he has done all of the little things well and continues to do so.

2017 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 4 / 74 / 0 rec)

Westbrook's best play came on a back shoulder throw to the corner of the goal line. He was able to track the ball in the air and then use his vertical and his body to snatch the ball out of the air and hold onto it through the catch. Westbrook also converted a 2nd-and-12 pass into a first down. He got the pass at the marker thanks to an adjustment in his route and the ability to finish the catch against contact. He has shown the most veteran savvy among the young Jaguars wideouts and this continued on Sunday.

2017 Week 17 vs TEN (9 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Westbrook had a truly terrible game, the first of his young career. He saw 9 targets but ended the game with 1 catch for 9 yards. Some of this was on Bortles and his terrible performance, but Westbrook had several drops that he simply has never had before. Whether it was vs contact on a slant or an uncontested post that he heard footsteps on and didn't extend for, Westbrook failed to bring in balls. The worst came on the aforementioned dropped touchdown. Westbrook had a terrific release off the line and used a veteran-like subtle push off to get separation at the end of the route, but he simply dropped the touchdown. The performance was hopefully an outlier but it was a very rough game.

2017 Week 18 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Westbrook was the only Jaguars wideout who caught a pass. He showed terrific hands and quickness, getting easy separation all day. He picked up two first downs thanks to his YAC ability. Every catch was a short target that let him run after the catch but he was the only wideout who was able to make a play on the day. He also prevented an interception by breaking up an awful Bortles pass.

2017 Week 19 vs PIT (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Westbrook finished the game with one catch for eight yards. He was not featured much in the game plan and was largely ignored by Bortles, including no deep targets.