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Decrick De'Shawn "Dede" Westbrook (/ˈdd/; born November 21, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma.

Dede Westbrook
No. 12 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-21) November 21, 1993 (age 26)
Cameron, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High school:C.H. Yoe (Cameron, Texas)
College:Oklahoma
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2019
Receptions:125
Receiving yards:1,439
Receiving touchdowns:7
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Westbrook attended C. H. Yoe High School in Cameron, Texas, where he played high school football for the Yoemen.[1] Regarded as a three-star recruit, Westbrook was ranked the No. 97 wide receiver prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPN.[2]

College careerEdit

Westbrook attended Blinn College before transferring to the University of Oklahoma to play under head coach Bob Stoops.[3][4] In his first year at Oklahoma in 2015, he started all 13 games and had 46 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns.[5] Westbrook became Oklahoma's number one wide receiver during his senior year in 2016. Against Texas, he set a school record with 232 receiving yards, breaking the previous record of 217 held by Ryan Broyles.[6][7][8] He led the Big 12 Conference with 1,524 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns in 2016.[9]

On December 5, 2016, Westbrook was announced as one of the candidates for the 2016 Heisman Trophy, along with quarterbacks Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, and linebacker Jabrill Peppers, from Clemson, Louisville, Oklahoma, and Michigan, respectively.[10] He ended up finishing in fourth place in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Mayfield (3rd), Watson (2nd), and Jackson (1st).[11]

College statisticsEdit

Dede Westbrook Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2015 Oklahoma 13 46 743 4
2016 Oklahoma 13 80 1,524 17
College Totals 25 126 2,208 21

Source:[12]

Professional careerEdit

Westbrook declined an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl. He received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but decided to not perform any drills. At Oklahoma's Pro Day, he elected to run all the required combine drills. After finally performing for scouts and team representatives, Westbrook draft projections varied from the second round to the fourth round from draft experts and analysts. He was ranked the third best wide receiver by Pro Football Focus, the 14th best by Sports Illustrated, and was ranked the 15th best by NFLDraftScout.com.[13][14]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 78 in
(1.83 m)
178 lb
(81 kg)
30 58 in
(0.78 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.39 s 1.54 s 2.54 s 4.34 s 7.20 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
8 reps
All values from Oklahoma's Pro Day[15][16]

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Westbrook in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the 15th wide receiver selected in 2017.[17]

2017 seasonEdit

On May 16, 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Westbrook to a four-year, $3.07 million contract with a signing bonus of $676,156.[18] He was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return on September 8, 2017 after dealing with a core muscle injury.[19] On November 18, he was activated off injured reserve.[20] Overall, in his rookie season, he totaled 27 receptions for 339 yards and one touchdown.[21]

The Jaguars made the 2017 NFL playoffs as the #3-seed in the AFC.[22] In the Wild Card Round, they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 10–3. In his first career postseason game, Westbrook caught five passes for 48 yards on eight targets, which included a 20-yard reception in the beginning of the third quarter. He was the game's leading receiver.[23] In the Divisional Round against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had an eight-yard reception in the 45-42 victory.[24] In the AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots, he had a 24-yard reception.[25]

2018 seasonEdit

In Week 2 against the New England Patriots, Westbrook recorded a 61-yard touchdown reception in the 31–20 victory.[26] In Week 4, in a victory over the New York Jets, he had a career-high nine receptions for 130 receiving yards in the 31–12 victory.[27] In Week 15, against the Washington Redskins, he recorded a 74-yard punt return touchdown in the 16–13 loss.[28][29] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 66 receptions for 717 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.[30] He led the Jaguars in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in 2018.[31]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team GP GS Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Long TD
2017 JAX 7 5 27 339 12.1 29 1
2018 JAX 15 8 63 707 11.2 61T 5
Career 22 13 90 1,046 11.6 61T 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cameron Yoe product Dede Westbrook picked by Jacksonville". KBTX. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Recruiting Profile". ESPN.
  3. ^ Marshall, Kendrick. "OU football: Dede Westbrook talks NFL life, Bob Stoops during autograph signing". Tulsa World. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Tramel, Berry (April 14, 2015). "Oklahoma football: Dede Westbrook can have an impact". NewsOK.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Bailey, Eric (August 24, 2016). "Oklahoma football: Dede Westbrook will be No. 1 target of Mayfield, opposing defenses". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Vardeman, Brady (October 8, 2016). "Dede Westbrook sets Oklahoma record for receiving yards in a game". SportsDay. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Pryor, Brooke (October 9, 2016). "OU football: Dede Westbrook emerges as go-to receiver". NewsOK.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Olson, Max (October 8, 2016). "Inside the play: Dede Westbrook's TD reception sets tone for Oklahoma". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "2016 Big 12 Conference Leaders". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Adelson, Andrea (December 6, 2016). "L'ville's Jackson leads group of Heisman finalists". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "2016 Heisman Trophy Voting". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "Dede Westbrook College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Burke, Chris (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". si.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Top 32 Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft". Profootballfocus.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  15. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Dede Westbrook". NFL.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  16. ^ "Dede Westbrook, DS #15 WR, Oklahoma". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  17. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 29, 2017). "Jaguars draft WR Dede Westbrook in fourth round". NFL.com.
  18. ^ "Spotrac.com: Dede Westbrook contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "Jaguars Sign Offensive Lineman Josh Walker; Claim Safety Calvin Pryor Off Waivers". Jaguars.com. September 8, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jaguars make roster moves". Jaguars.com. November 18, 2017.
  21. ^ "Dede Westbrook 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  22. ^ "2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  23. ^ "Wild Card - Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars - January 7th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  24. ^ "Divisional Round - Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers - January 14th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  25. ^ "AFC Championship - Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots - January 21st, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  26. ^ "Jaguars' Dede Westbrook: Burns Patriots with 61-yard score". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  27. ^ "Jaguars' Dede Westbrook: Racks up 141 scrimmage yards". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  28. ^ "Watch: Dede Westbrook returns punt for TD vs. Redskins". SI.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  29. ^ Long, Mark (December 16, 2018). "Johnson leads Redskins to late scores, 16-13 win at Jaguars". The Edwardsville Intelligencer. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  30. ^ "Dede Westbrook 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  31. ^ "2018 Jacksonville Jaguars Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.

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