Justin Jefferson is a superstar, but if you ask him, there’s still work to be done for the Minnesota Vikings.
In an interview, Jefferson claimed that Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams was the best receiver in the NFL. But he doesn’t believe that will be the case when this season is through.
Jefferson declared, “I’ll say after this year, I’ll be the top receiver in the NFL.” “I have to give it to [Adams] right now because of how insane and exciting he is on the field. I have to give it to him right now because of how crazy his route running is, but after this year, I’m quite confident it’ll be me.”
Although Jefferson’s declaration is audacious, there is evidence to suggest that he is already the greatest receiver in the competition. No player has more receiving yards (3,016) since the 2020 season began than Jefferson. Additionally, he is seventh in receptions (196) and tenth in touchdown receptions (17).
The unsettling thing is that Jefferson achieved those results while playing for head coach Mike Zimmer’s run-first approach, but he is now employing a new system that, in his words, “isn’t a run-first offensive anymore.” Recall that Cooper Kupp, a receiver with the Los Angeles Rams, became the first receiver since Steve Smith in 2005 to lead the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns all in the same season with the help of new head coach Kevin O’Connell.