Minnesota Vikings’ Justin Jefferson Smashes All-Time Rookie Receiving Record

Published 01/03/2021, 4:30 PM EST
Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) catches a pass in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


For the Minnesota Vikings, 2020 has been a season full of disappointment. Failing to make the playoffs, the side has had little going in its favor. But one saving grace for the Vikings is the rise of Justin Jefferson. The rookie drafted from LSU has enjoyed a sensational start to his career in the NFL.

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The wide receiver has been so prolific that he has already started garnering comparisons to a legendary Hall of Famer. Randy Moss, who too was drafted by the Vikings, was one of the greatest to have graced a football field.

It is no easy feat to break some of the records set by the wide receiver. But Justin Jefferson looks to be doing just that and more.

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Justin Jefferson is out to rewrite history

The wide receiver entered the final game of the season, with 1,267 receiving yards to his name. With the franchise and all-time rookie receiving records in sight, Jefferson was a man on a mission. The first record to tumble was the one held by Randy Moss for most receiving yards by a Viking in his rookie season.

Jefferson breezed past the 1,313-mark set by Moss in 1998. Next up was Anquan Boldin’s record for the all-time rookie receiving yards. The rookie clinched that record in the third quarter courtesy 15-yard pass from Kirk Cousins that helped him surpass the 1,377-yard mark.

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Jefferson has a worthwhile shout for Offensive Rookie of the Year

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Jefferson entered Sunday having already claimed multiple franchise records along the way. His new all-time receiving record now makes him a solid contender for the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. His only notable competition is LA Chargers quarterback, Justin Herbert.

Sep 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jalen Guyton (not pictured) against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Herbert himself broke an all-time rookie record earlier this season. His 28 touchdowns saw him surpass the record set by Browns QB Baker Mayfield in his rookie season. An interesting fact to note about Jefferson is that it was only in Week 3 that he got his first playing time on the field.

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While many felt that the departure of Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills would’ve been a difficult role for the Vikings to fill, Jefferson has shown that he’s more than capable of playing on the biggest stage of them all.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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