Justin Jefferson Edging Closer Towards NFL Rookie of the Year Award?

Published 12/09/2020, 7:33 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


For two back-to-back games now, Minnesota Vikings rookie Justin Jefferson is pushing hard for a claim to this year’s Rookie of the Year award.

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The NFC North big boys are currently on a 2-game winning streak following Sunday’s win over the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. A major reason behind their rise to prominence is the performance of the youngster, Justin Jefferson.

The promising starlet has been consistent in his debut season in the NFL. On 61 receptions in 2020, Jefferson has 1039 receiving yards to his name.

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He’s also racked up 7 receiving touchdowns while playing alongside the likes of Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen in Minnesota.

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Justin Jefferson has another strong week with the Minnesota Vikings

Slowly but steadily, Justin Jefferson is climbing up the ladder in the list of favorites for this year’s ROTY award. After impressing in the Week 12 win over the Carolina Panthers, the former LSU wide receiver had another stellar outing last weekend against the Jaguars.

On 9 receptions, Jefferson had 121 receiving yards with 1 receiving TD. He is definitely one of the favorites to bag the coveted rookie honor.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert along with 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow were leading the race for this honor a couple of weeks ago.

However, the latter suffered multiple injuries in the game against Washington Football Team in Week 11. Joe Burrow remains ruled out till the latter half of the 2021 season, leaving Herbert as the frontrunner for the ROTY award.

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But another contender that emerged for the title is a former University of Alabama QB, Tua Tagovailoa. The Hawaii-born athlete made his way to a 3-0 record as a starter for the Miami Dolphins.

Nov 15, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) scrambles with the ball around Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Kyzir White (44) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

But Tua was dealing with a thumb injury and missed out on a game in Week 12. However, he returned this weekend and led the Dolphins to a commanding 19-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Another strong display against the in-form Kansas City Chiefs will make Tua a definite candidate for the ROTY title.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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