Westbrook caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Saints in the preseason opener.
Westbrook connected with quarterback Blake Bortles on two of his three looks on Jacksonville's opening drive. The second-year wideout led the Jaguars in targets, and while he looks destined to be a contributor in the team's offense, he'll still need to compete for snaps with Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole (undisclosed), Donte Moncrief and D.J. Chark. The Jaguars listed Lee and Cole as the starters on their initial preseason depth chart.
Westbrook will be part of a Jacksonville receiving corps that includes Marqise Lee, Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole, but not Allen Robinson (knee) or Allen Hurns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Tuesday's release of Hurns should complete an interesting offseason for the Jaguars' wideout group, following a 2017 campaign in which Westbrook, Cole, Lee and Hurns all appeared to be Blake Bortles' favorite option at different times. Unable to re-sign Robinson, the Jaguars now have swapped out Hurns for Moncrief, whose one-year contract includes $9.6 million guaranteed. The surprisingly lucrative deal suggests the Jags view Moncrief as a starter, even though he managed only 391 yards and two TDs in 12 games for the divisional-rival Colts last season. Westbrook may thus be left to compete with Cole for the No. 3 receiver job, though the Jags likely will find a way for all four players to get significant playing time. A fourth-round pick last year, Westbrook averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards on 7.3 targets in seven regular-season games, overcoming a preseason core muscle injury to take on a leading role down the stretch. He actually played the most snaps of any Jacksonville wideout during the team's three-game playoff run, and yet he finished the postseason with only seven catches for 85 yards on 14 targets.
Westbrook brought in five of eight targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card win over the Bills.
Westbrook's reception, receiving yardage and target totals were all team highs on the afternoon, as he accounted for nearly half of Blake Bortles' 12 completions and well over 50 percent of his 87 passing yards. The dynamic rookie recorded at least four catches in four of the seven regular-season games he suited up for, and he's likely to play an important role in the passing game once again during next Sunday's AFC divisional-round road matchup versus the Steelers.
Westbrook caught four passes for 74 yards on seven targets against San Francisco on Sunday.
Westbrook played second fiddle to Keelan Cole for the second week in a row, but 74 yards on seven targets is a fine showing on Westbrook's part. Marqise Lee (ankle) figures to reestablish his status as jacksonville's WR1 whenever he returns to the field, so Westbrook's run as a leading contributor in Jacksonville is somewhat tenuous, promising as he's been.
Westbrook had two catches for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over Houston.
After hauling in five passes for 81 yards and his first career touchdown last week against Seattle, Westbrook was targeted only twice on an afternoon in which Blake Bortles completed 21 of 29 passes. Even so, Westbrook should remain a key piece in the Jaguars' receiving game over the final weeks of the season, particularly if Allen Hurns (ankle) and/or Marqise Lee (ankle) miss more time.
|5||10/7/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
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|14||12/6/18||@ TEN||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
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