Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson Continues to Shine
The 2020 NFL Draft was loaded with wide receiver talent. Justin Jefferson was taken in the first round of the NFL Draft out of LSU by the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson was one of the reasons why he helped Minnesota take down the Chicago Bears 19-13.
In this game, he caught eight passes for 135 yards receiving. This is against a very good Chicago secondary he did this against also. This is also Justin Jefferson’s fourth game this season with over 100 yards receiving as a rookie.
One of the reasons why Minnesota took him in the first round was because they traded away wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills this past season offseason. This was actually a very good trade for both parties involved.
So far this season, Justin Jefferson has caught 42 passes for 762 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He is on pace to potentially go over 1,000 yards receiving.
Jefferson’s name has the potential to be a finalist for the Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidate. Quarterback Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals and Quarterback Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers are potentially the other two finalists at the moment as well.
Jalen Reagor (PHI), Brandon Aiyuk (SF), Chase Claypool (PIT), Michael Pittman Jr. (IND), Jerry Jeudy (DEN), Henry Ruggs III (VGR), Tee Higgins (CIN), Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAX), and Denzel Mims (NYJ) were some of the other wide receivers drafted in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft and they have each made an impact to their respective teams in their own way.
Jefferson has been the best wide receiver out of them (22nd overall pick).
He is the heartbeat of the Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiving group. Justin Jefferson has a ton of potential in the NFL.
He runs very good routes and has very good hands as well. Jefferson was teammates with Joe Burrow and it was one of the reasons why LSU won the National Title against Clemson in college football in the 2019 regular season and the 2020 postseason.
There is another wide receiver that could potentially be better than Justin Jefferson in his former teammate Ja’Marr Chase.
Jefferson has many good years ahead of him in the NFL if he can stay relatively healthy here.
He is getting good leadership from Adam Thielen at the wide receiver position. Kirk Cousins has been giving him the ball enough. Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak are putting Justin Jefferson in a position to succeed as well here.
The Minnesota Vikings (4-5) next game will be against the Dallas Cowboys (2-7) at home on Sunday, after winning three consecutive games.
The Chicago Bears (5-4) will be on a bye next week and then will face the Green Bay Packers (7-2) on the road on Sunday night November 29th.
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