Detroit Lions: 3 trades to make before the 2020 season

Avery Williamson #54 of the New York Jets (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dede Westbrook #12 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Potential Trade #2: Dede Westbrook

After a promising sophomore year with 66 receptions 717 yards and five touchdowns, wide receiver Dede Westbrook became a popular name as a breakout candidate for the 2019 season. Unfortunately, he failed to meet expectations.

In 2019, the 66 catches 660 yards and three touchdowns were less than the stats posted a year before. In both seasons, Westbrook received the same amount of targets. Well shy of any expectations for the 26-year-old wide receiver.

The regression could have been due to a few reasons. Either playing with multiple quarterbacks or battling injuries potentially affected his play. Regardless, his time with the Jacksonville Jaguars might be coming to an end after the team decided to draft two wide receivers in Laviska Shenault Jr and Collin Johnson.

With Detroit, Westbrook would be playing with quarterback Matthew Stafford, whose a significant upgrade over Gardner Minshew. Over the years, we’ve seen Stafford grow to love the slot position.

Westbrook is a pure slot receiver, playing over 75 percent of his snaps on the inside. In Detroit, he’d have the opportunity to compete with Danny Amendola for the starting job. Both players have a lot to prove playing on one-year deals.

Wideout Quintez Cephus was drafted in the fifth round and if Westbrook were to be traded to the Lions. I’d imagine they could co-exist on the field together.