Dede Westbrook

Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #12
Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #12

Dede Westbrook News

Let go Tuesday

Westbrook was cut from the Packers' practice squad on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Westbrook joined the practice squad Nov. 15, while Green Bay was dealing with a rash of injuries to their receiver corps. However, the 29-year-old was unable to work his way to the active roster. In a corresponding move the Packers signed offensive lineman, Jean Delance and Michal Menet to their practice squad. Westbrook will now work to find an opportunity elsewhere.

Dec 13, 2022 12:26 PM EST

Lands new opportunity

Westbrook was signed to the Packers' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Westbrook's addition to Green Bay's practice squad comes as the team is dealing with multiple injuries to their wide receiver corps. Allen Lazard (shoulder), Romeo Doubs (ankle) and Christian Watson (ankle) are all questionable for Thursday's game with the Titans. Not to mention, Randall Cobb also remains on IR due to an ankle injury. Westbrook last played with the Vikings in 2021, appearing in 15 games, making 10 catches on 15 targets for 68 yards.

Nov 15, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Plays just five snaps in finale

Westbrook played five offensive snaps but didn't record any counting stats during Week 18's 31-17 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Westbrook finished the 2021 campaign with 10 catches for 68 yards, but he did have some solid contributions as the primary punt returner. Regardless, he's set to be a free agent this offseason and isn't likely to return to the Vikings.

Jan 18, 2022 11:07 AM EST

Just one reception Sunday

Westbrook had one reception for four yards on one target in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.

Analysis: Westbrook played the third most snaps (38 of the offense's 54 snaps) of Minnesota's receivers, but it didn't translate into production with the offense struggling under starter Sean Mannion. Westbrook could have a larger role in Week 18 if the offense gives starters rest with the Vikings now eliminated from playoff contention.

Jan 3, 2022 9:57 AM EST

No targets in return

Westbrook played 27 offensive snaps and didn't receive a target during Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Westbrook was sidelined during the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bears due to COVID-19 protocols, but he was cleared in time for Week 16. However, despite being active, Westbrook was nearly non-existent. Justin Jefferson demanded the majority of Kirk Cousins' attention, while K.J. Osborn stepped up after Adam Thielen suffered a setback with his ankle injury. Westbrook hasn't been fantasy relevant at anytime this season and that is expected to continue when Minnesota faces Green Bay in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2021 11:38 AM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

Minnesota reinstated Westbrook (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Lindsey Young of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: Westbrook wasn't able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocol ahead of Monday's 17-9 win over the Bears, but he looks like he'll be ready to go for Minnesota's Week 16 meeting with the Rams. While Adam Thielen (ankle) and Westbrook were sidelined Monday, rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette finished with a seven-yard touchdown reception across two targets while serving as the No. 3 wideout behind regular starters Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn.

Dec 21, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Won't play Week 15

Westbrook (illness) wasn't reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Monday's game against the Bears, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Though he landed on the list six days ago, Westbrook wasn't able to clear all COVID-19-related protocols ahead of Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. With Westbrook and fellow depth wideout Dan Chisena (reserve/COVID-19 list) both sidelined for the Week 15 matchup, the Vikings are left with Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Myron Mitchell as reserve options at receiver behind projected starters Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen (ankle) and K.J. Osborn. Thielen is listed as questionable and being treated as a game-time decision.

Dec 20, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

Westbrook was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Courtney Cronin of reports.

Analysis: Westbrook will join Alexander Mattison and Dan Chisena in COVID-19 protocols as the Vikings are in the midst of a breakout among their skill position players. The timing couldn't have come at a worse time for the fifth-year pro, who had played season-high snaps in back-to-back weeks with Adam Thielen sidelined with a high ankle sprain. However, while he'd been on the field more often, he hadn't seen an uptick in production. The Vikings currently only have Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and Ihmir Smith-Marsette as healthy options at wideout, so fantasy managers should monitor their receiving corps throughout the week.

Dec 14, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Sees more work sans Thielen

Westbrook played 31 of the Vikings' 71 offensive snaps (44 percent) in Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Lions, finishing with one reception for minus-2 yards on two targets.

Analysis: With Adam Thielen exiting the contest early with what was later revealed to be a high-ankle sprain, Westbrook and K.J. Osborn both picked up extra snaps alongside Justin Jefferson in three-receiver sets. Thielen will undergo an MRI on Monday before the Vikings provide an official update on the extent of his injury, but in the likely event he misses the team's Week 14 contest Thursday against Pittsburgh, Westbrook will likely be needed to play more snaps.

Dec 6, 2021 11:14 AM EST

No limitations Wednesday

Westbrook (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Westbrook was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Cowboys due to the ankle injury, and it appears his absence will be limited to one game. The 27-year-old has played a minimal role in Minnesota's aerial attack this season with seven catches for 59 yards in six games.

Nov 3, 2021 5:43 PM EST

Sitting out Sunday night

Westbrook (ankle) is inactive for Sunday night's game against Dallas.

Analysis: Westbrook was only able to put in a limited practice session on Friday and ultimately has been ruled out. Dan Chisena or Ihmir Smith-Marsette could see a handful of snaps on offense as a consequence.

Oct 31, 2021 4:22 PM EST

Questionable for Week 8

Westbrook (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Westbrook didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he hasn't been ruled out for the Vikings' Week 8 matchup with the Cowboys. If he is sidelined Sunday, K.J. Osborn will likely take over at punt returner, and Ihmir Smith-Marsette may see increased snaps at receiver.

Oct 29, 2021 10:35 AM EST

DNP Wednesday

Westbrook (ankle) missed the Vikings' practice Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver appeared on the injury report for the first time Wednesday after the team had their bye week in Week 7. Thursday's practice will provide a better gage of his availability for this weekend. If he can't go, K.J. Osborn would likely take over at punt returner and Ihmir Smith-Marsette would pick up a few more snaps at receiver.

Oct 27, 2021 5:09 PM EST

Two receptions Sunday

Westbrook had two receptions for 13 yards on two targets in Sunday's win at Carolina. He also had three punt returns for a 2.3 yard average.

Analysis: Westbrook played on 12 of the offense's 89 snaps after playing 14 snaps last week. He's getting more of a look in four-receiver sets which could bode for a larger role later in the season if any injury strikes a top receiver. His main value in the meantime comes as the team's punt returner.

Oct 18, 2021 11:57 AM EST

Increased usage as receiver

Westbrook had three receptions on four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's win over Detroit.

Analysis: Westbrook played a season-high 14 snaps on offense as he's mostly been used as the team's punt returner. While 18 yards receiving doesn't warrant a look in most fantasy formats, his increase in playing time during a game where the Vikings were not heavily passing merits attention.

Oct 11, 2021 11:22 AM EST

Logs 17 receiving yards

Westbrook caught his lone target for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Westbrook was on the field for eight offensive snaps, fourth among the team's wide receiver corps. He did manage his first reception since Week 1 and only his second of the campaign. Instead, Westbrook makes his primary impact on special teams, as he also recorded two punt returns for 11 yards.

Oct 5, 2021 6:41 PM EST

Minimal role on offense

Westbrook played just two snaps on offense and returned three punts for a 21-yard average in Sunday's loss at Arizona.

Analysis: Westbrook's role looks essentially limited to punt returns at this point with K.J. Osborn taking over the third receiver role. Osborn caught five of six targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss.

Sep 20, 2021 11:56 AM EST

One reception in Vikings debut

Westbrook had one reception on his only target for 11 yards in Sunday's loss at the Bengals. He also had one punt return for 12 yards.

Analysis: Westbook worked as the primary punt returner and No. 4 receiver in the offense. He played 15 snaps on offense. While he may have been somewhat eased into action after the team was cautious with him in the preseason while he was coming back from a torn ACL, K.J. Osborn continued to look sharp in No. 3 receiver role. Westbrook's primary usage may be on punt returns as a result.

Sep 13, 2021 10:08 AM EST

Set to return punts

Westbrook will be the Vikings' primary punt returner, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Westbrook is returning from an ACL tear that occurred Week 7 of the 2020 season. Along with returning punts, he projects to be Minnesota's No. 4 wide receiver. If he shows no signs of rust, the 27-year-old could certainly compete with K.J. Osborn for more snaps.

Sep 10, 2021 8:11 PM EST

Full participant in practice

Westbrook (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday and said he will "most definitely" be ready for a Week 1 matchup against the Bengals, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Westbrook only recently started to fully participate in practice after working his way back from a torn ACL suffered Week 7 of last season. It's not clear what role he'll have against the Bengals. K.J. Osborn had a strong preseason and looks set to begin the regular season as the No. 3 receiver, but Westbrook could quickly figure into the mix.

Sep 8, 2021 2:37 PM EST

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