Minnesota Vikings famous person extensive receiver Justin Jefferson is already eyeing a gold jacket and a bronze bust with simply two NFL seasons beneath his belt.
Whereas the previous first-round decide has already made a reputation for himself within the league, he stated he will not be happy till his title is within the document books, extra particularly, within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
“I imply, I need to accomplish a lot,” Jefferson stated. “It is an limitless checklist that I need to accomplish. On the finish of the day, I need to be a Corridor of Famer. So, with a view to attain that, that place is a lot extra that I’ve to perform, a lot extra that I’ve to set for myself to raised myself and actually to study.
“I simply can’t wait to essentially simply see how far I can actually go. That is simply the beginning of my profession, and there is simply a lot extra I’ve to study, a lot extra I’ve to do for myself to essentially get on that platform of being a Corridor of Famer.”
Since his debut in 2020, Jefferson leads the league with 3,016 receiving yards — essentially the most receiving yards in a participant’s first two seasons in NFL historical past. He has reeled in 67.1% of his passes for a mean of 15.4 yards per catch and 17 touchdowns over that very same time and has earned over 1 / 4 (27.5%) of all his staff’s targets.
Whereas the 23-year-old wideout can also be the primary participant to document 1,400-plus yards in every of his first two seasons, and he wants simply 1,148 yards this upcoming season to surpass Randy Moss (4,163 yards from 1998-2000) for essentially the most yards in a participant’s first three seasons.
That needs to be inside attain this season.
“Our offensive model, it isn’t a run-first offense anymore,” Jefferson stated just lately. “Simply us having the ability to put completely different folks in several positions and distribute the ball, actually. I am so excited on this offense. Us simply being in OTAs, studying the performs, going by way of it with our protection, and stuff. We’re all excited. We’re all completely happy to have (Kevin O’Connell). It is positively a special vibe, a special connection within the constructing with him there. We’re simply excited to begin it up, actually. We need to see how this season actually seems for us.”
In 2021, Kirk Cousins and Jefferson generated an 80.7 whole EPA — the change within the anticipated factors worth from pre-play to post-play — which was the second-highest within the NFL behind solely Los Angeles Rams duo Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp (115.0 EPA), per Subsequent Gen Stats.
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