It’s a nightmare for wide-recievers, and this is exactly why.
On a crossing route which Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield placed perfectly for Sooners star receiver Dede Westbrook, he took a big hit and stayed down for after the play.
Westbrook remained frozen for a few moments after falling to the round, then asked for teammates to help him up before falling again. This was a dangerous hit but one in which no penalty was called.
The fact of the matter is, that remains a clean hit under the current rules in place for targeting.
That hit on Dede Westbrook. Of. https://t.co/M0fJRVp371
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) December 3, 2016
Perhaps that is why is scariest about a hit like this, it is within the rules and yet clearly dangerous. Regulate these kinds of hits further: backlash of people who feel the product is sub-par. Do nothing: people get hurt.
The Sooners will sorely miss Westbrook from the game. A dynamic receiver with the ability to make players miss after the catch, he is quarterback Baker Mayfield’s favorite target. Westbrook is expected to be taken early in the upcoming NFL draft, hopefully the injury is nothing serious.