“I am This Year’s Rookie of the Year”- Minnesota Vikings Starlet Calls for Some Respect

Published 12/06/2020, 10:05 AM EST
Nov 29, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) catches a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports


Justin Jefferson is one of the most exciting rookies in the NFL right now. The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is on a roll right now and looking very likely to bag the NFL Rookie of the Year trophy.

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Jefferson went to the Minnesota Vikings as the 22nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Since entering the NFL, he has taken the league by the horns. He has been the driving force for the Vikings, as they got a 5-6 record in the NFC North with second place.

Nov 16, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) is tackled in the first half by Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) and Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson (33) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Jefferson has played all 11 games for the Vikings this season. In those 11 games, he has 52 receptions off of just 72 targeted passes towards him. He has averaged close to 17 yards per reception and scored 6 touchdowns.

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Jefferson is putting up numbers that are similar to that of veterans in the NFL. He has been a truly mercurial talent to enter the NFL.

For Jefferson, he will hope to continue developing the way that he has this season. His numbers are already staggering, and if he can continue to improve, then the future is bright for Jefferson but scary for those playing against him.

Jefferson has scored 38 points this year for the Minnesota Vikings. That is an impressive record for a player who plays for the Vikings, who have only crossed the 40 point threshold for less than half the games they’ve played.

Minnesota Vikings rookie wants his respect

For the Vikings, they must use Jefferson’s contributions properly if they want to make the NFL Playoffs right now. A young player like him who is performing at the highest level will surely benefit from some much-needed playoff experience.

The rest of the team must step up their efforts to help their young rookie, who could turn out to be a franchise star.

Jefferson spoke about his performance this season. He was very confident about his chances of winning the Rookie of the Year and thought that he was deserving.

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He said, “I do feel like I am this year’s Rookie of the Year. Just because of the things that I’ve been doing, the stats that I’ve been putting out just me being a rookie but playing like a veteran I definitely feel like I have a good chance at winning it, and hopefully everyone else does too.”

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It will be interesting to see if Jefferson can win the Rookie of the Year this season. A push from him to lead the Vikings to the Playoffs will surely improve his case.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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