Vikings tag extinct Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook to one-year deal

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With practising camp on the horizon, the Vikings have added a aged receiver to their roster. Minnesota has signed extinct Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook, in step with a pair of stories. Westbrook told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that he’s “worthy inflamed” to affix the Vikings, the put he’ll be reunited with receiving coach Keenan McCardell. McCardell was as soon as the Jaguars’ receivers coach all over Westbrook’s time in Jacksonville.

“Keenan’s love a father figure to me,” Westbrook told Tomasson, by job of Expert Soccer Talk. “I respect him and everything that he’s ever taught me and done for me.”

A fourth-round grab within the 2017 draft, Westbrook is nine months eliminated from suffering an ACL lag that upfront ended his 2020 season. The injury it appears that did now not hinder Westbrook at some level of his talk over with with the Vikings, undoubtedly one of several groups who reportedly expressed curiosity in signing him this offseason. The 49ers and Bengals reportedly had made contact with Westbrook’s representatives outdated to him coming to Minnesota.

The 6-foot, 178-pound Westbrook caught 160 of 254 targets for 1,720 yards and nine touchdowns in 40 normal-season games with Jacksonville. At some level of the 2018 and ’19 seasons, he caught a blended 132 passes for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns. As a rookie at some level of the 2017 playoffs, Westbrook caught seven passes at some level of the Jaguars’ escape to the AFC Championship Sport. Westbrook was as soon as also utilized on special groups in Jacksonville. He had 47 punt returns that included a 74-yard return for a ranking at some level of the 2018 season.

Westbrook joins a sturdy Vikings receiving corps that involves two-time Expert Bowler Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, who earned Expert Bowl honors as a rookie after recording an NFL rookie document 1,400 receiving yards. The Vikings‘ depth chart at receiver also involves Chad Beebe, Bisi Johnson and fifth-round grab Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

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