Nick Foles has been going to Westbrook early and often in camp, and he seems to be the offensive player who has been standing out the most so far through a couple of days. According to reports, there’s no question Dede has been Foles’ favorite target so far.
According to Michael Florio of NFL Network, NextGenStats revealed that Nick Foles attempted 71 passes to slot WRs compared to the 54 he attempted to outside WRs last season. In addition, the quick-passing nature of John DeFilippo’s offense can benefit whoever plays in the slot, especially with someone who also has the ability to stretch the field like Dede Westbrook and how we saw Adam Thielen utilized in that offense last year.
Westbrook actually had some great production out of the slot last season; he had the 3rd most receptions out of the slot behind Thielen and Juju, had the 6th most yards out of the slot last year behind Tyreek, Juju, Boyd, Thielen, and Humphries. Drafting him for his current 9th round ADP seems like he can be a nice value in PPR, especially when you consider that there’s room for improvement in an offense that should have a ton of targets available.
DeFilippo had Kirk Cousins throwing the most attempts of any QB last season before he was replaced as OC. When he was OC of the Browns in 2015, they were 11th in pass attempts per game with Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel as their QBs. Between the two OC gigs, he was QB coach for the Eagles, where he deserves some credit for Foles coming in for Wentz and winning that Super Bowl.
Jacksonville was in the bottom half of passing attempts over the last two years, and their passing offense was one of mystery in terms of target distribution, but we shouldn’t let that recency bias keep away from an offense that should take a step forward in that department in terms of volume and potential tight target distribution.
Westbrook is obviously the most expensive of the Jaguars WRs, but he can still be grabbed in the double digit rounds in some drafts.