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Minnesota Vikings sign Dede Westbrook, waive Jaylen Twyman

Jaguars #12, Dede Westbrook gets instructions from wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell during Tuesday morning's minicamp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their first day of 2019 mandatory minicamp at the practice fields by TIAA Bank Field Tuesday, June 11, 2019. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars #12, Dede Westbrook gets instructions from wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell during Tuesday morning’s minicamp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their first day of 2019 mandatory minicamp at the practice fields by TIAA Bank Field Tuesday, June 11, 2019. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] Fl Jax Jagsmandatoryminica 1

The Minnesota Vikings signed former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook to a one-year contract on Monday.

Westbrook, who was brought in for a workout on Saturday, is expected to battle for a roster spot behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. He joins a wide receiver corps in Minnesota that is guided by Keenan McCardell, his former position coach in Jacksonville from 2017-20.

To make room, the Vikings waived rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman with a non-football injury designation. Twyman, who was shot four times last month, had reported to training camp on Sunday.

Westbrook, 27, had just one catch for 4 yards before missing nearly all of the 2020 season with an ACL injury. He had 160 receptions for 1,720 yards with nine touchdowns in 40 career games with the Jaguars.

Westbrook was selected by Jacksonville in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

A sixth-round choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, Twyman opted out of his senior season at Pittsburgh in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.

–Field Level Media