With training school on the horizon, the Vikings have actually included a veteran receiver to their lineup. Minnesota has actually signed previous Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook, according to numerous reports. Westbrook informed Chris Tomasson of the Leader Press that he is “very fired up” to sign up with the Vikings, where he will be reunited with getting coach Keenan McCardell. McCardell was the Jaguars’ receivers coach throughout Westbrook’s time in Jacksonville.

” Keenan’s like a dad figure to me,” Westbrook informed Tomasson, through Pro Football Talk. “I appreciate him and whatever that he’s ever taught me and provided for me.”

A fourth-round choice in the 2017 draft, Westbrook is 9 months gotten rid of from suffering an ACL tear that too soon ended his 2020 season. The injury obviously did not prevent Westbrook throughout his go to with the Vikings, among a number of groups who supposedly revealed interest in signing him this offseason. The 49 ers and Bengals supposedly had actually reached Westbrook’s agents prior to him pertaining to Minnesota.

The 6-foot, 178- pound Westbrook captured 160 of 254 targets for 1,720 backyards and 9 goals in 40 regular-season video games with Jacksonville. Throughout the 2018 and ’19 seasons, he captured an integrated 132 passes for 1,377 lawns and 8 goals. As a novice throughout the 2017 playoffs, Westbrook captured 7 passes throughout the Jaguars’ go to the AFC National Championship. Westbrook was likewise used on unique groups in Jacksonville. He had 47 punt returns that consisted of a 74- backyard return for a rating throughout the 2018 season.

Westbrook signs up with a strong Vikings getting corps that consists of two-time Pro Bowler Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, who made Pro Bowl honors as a novice after taping an NFL novice record 1,400 getting lawns. The Vikings’ depth chart at receiver likewise consists of Chad Beebe, Bisi Johnson and fifth-round choice Ihmir Smith-Marsette.


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