Dalvin Cook: I think Justin Jefferson can be one of the best in the game

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The trade that sent Stefon Diggs from Minnesota to Buffalo looks like one of those rare deals that’s worked out well for both teams.

While Diggs and the Bills advanced to the AFC Championship Game, the Vikings drafted Justin Jefferson at No. 22 overall. He was easily the best receiver out of the rookie class, even though Jefferson was the fifth one off the board behind Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Jalen Reagor.

Most years, registering 88 catches for 1,400 yards with seven touchdowns would be enough to win offensive rookie of the year. But Jefferson’s first season coincided with that of Justin Herbert, who set several passing records and won the AP’s honor.

But Jefferson is nevertheless an emerging star. And during an appearance on The Herd on Friday, running back Dalvin Cook said he quickly figured that out about the receiver.

“It took a conversation, to be honest,” Cook said. “It’s squarely about how you carry yourself, what he stands for, who he is. And you can see right now, him doing the ‘Gritty’ — and that’s something he brought to the game just being who he is. And I think JJ, his ceiling is so high, if he keeps being who he is and keeps working hard, I think he can be one of the best in the game.”

There’s an argument to be made that Jefferson is already at that level. He finished the season fourth in receiving yards, 15th in receptions, and eighth among qualified receivers at 15.9 yards per reception. With a full offseason under his belt, Jefferson should be primed to make even more of an impact in 2021.

30 responses to “Dalvin Cook: I think Justin Jefferson can be one of the best in the game

  1. This is no coincidence. Thielen, Diggs, and now Jefferson. Great quarterbacks make great receivers.

  2. Coincidence, Aaron Rodgers thought the same thing the night he was watching the Packers’ draft and drowning his sorrows in tequila.

  3. How bout working on getting a defensive and offensive line first!?!?!?!?!?!?!?………………..Oh did I mention also a secondary!!!!

  4. Justin Jefferson is one heck of a wide receiver, even though he had a few mercurial moments.
    Causing an on-field scene by screaming obscenities at your QB wouldn’t be tolerated on some teams.
    Hopefully he’ll work his way through some of his immaturity.

    Anyway, Jefferson danced his way into helping his team climb to a 7-9 record, holding off a beleaguered Lions team for 3rd place.
    Congrats.
    He was basically the lone bright spot in an otherwise pedestrian Viking season.
    Can you imagine just how bad they would’ve been without him?
    Scary.

    One question though, while Jefferson spent his time dancing, peering through his encircled fingers, was he desperately trying to spot the Green Bay Packers who ended up a full 6 games in front of him? 🤣

  5. He’s good but there’s a long way to go to be deemed the best. Vikings draft in 2020 rated in top 5, the Aaron Rodgerer’s draft rated bottom 5. Go ahead and gloat about being 6 games better than the Vikes last year cheesers, it will help you forget how good your team could have been if your GM wasn’t so busy trying to recreate Ted Thompson’s outdated GM strategy rather than entering the twenty-first century of NFL management.

  6. Alan Light says:
    February 19, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    And he didn’t play much the first five games…
    ________

    That’s not true at all. In the first two games, he played 62.5% of the snaps and had six targets. In Week 3, he played 78% of snaps and got nine targets, catching 7 for 175 yards and a touchdown. He was a huge part of the offense after that.

  7. philmccracken says:
    February 19, 2021 at 5:04 pm
    In the end divas like Justine are never worth the trouble.

    Neither is having a handle like PhilMccracken…

  8. Wish our Vikings and us fans would have had a chance for our heads to explode during the conference championship game . . . OK, at any level of the playoffs.

  9. Vikings draft in 2020 rated in top 5, the Aaron Rodgerer’s draft rated bottom 5. Go ahead and gloat about being 6 games better than the Vikes last year cheesers,

    +++++

    Top 5 draft? Outside Jefferson the other 14 draft picks the Vikings made were mentioned by name maybe 10 times this past season. And most of that was when the corners were getting scorched.

    Green Bay was six games BETTER than the Vikes. The Vikes won 7 games. I’m going to take me a Math class to figure out why I’m supposed to feel worse than a Minnesota fan.

  10. The irony is the purple(guy) was claiming it was a top 5 draft based on ratings after zero years. yo.

  11. packertruthvspurpleblather says:
    February 19, 2021 at 8:40 pm
    I’m going to take me a Math class to figure out…..
    ——
    If you have a minute after math class, you may want to invest in a public speaking or basic English class.

  12. Frazier28/7 says:
    February 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm
    Consider who Ruggs, Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Reagor had at QB compared to Jefferson.
    Zzzzzzzzzz

    …….the best game-manager, systems QB playing the game today! Nothing wrong with that!

  13. stellarperformance says:
    February 23, 2021 at 8:17 am
    Frazier28/7 says:
    February 22, 2021 at 2:37 pm
    Consider who Ruggs, Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Jalen Reagor had at QB compared to Jefferson.
    Zzzzzzzzzz

    …….the best game-manager, systems QB playing the game today! Nothing wrong with that!
    ———-
    Shocked that the obsessed one has comments about Kirk. Get a life man.

  14. Very excited to see how this kid develops even further this year. Double J & Thielen are one of the top WR duos in the league. With the emergence of Smith Jr. and Conklin the Vikings are sitting pretty good. Double J will be the best WR in the North.

  15. packertruthvspurpleblather says:
    February 19, 2021 at 8:40 pm
    Vikings draft in 2020 rated in top 5, the Aaron Rodgerer’s draft rated bottom 5. Go ahead and gloat about being 6 games better than the Vikes last year cheesers,

    +++++

    Top 5 draft? Outside Jefferson the other 14 draft picks the Vikings made were mentioned by name maybe 10 times this past season. And most of that was when the corners were getting scorched.
    ————————————-

    Go ahead and check the advanced metrics for Gladney and Dantzler against Jaire Alexander’s rookie year. Here’s a hint….. Alexander falls somewhere between them. He was targeted more and allowed more yards, y/com, and y/tgt than Gladney, and his comp %, passer rating, and….well, pretty much everything else was worse than Dantzler. Now recall your opinion of Alexander following his rookie year……

    Fortunately for you, you don’t need either your foot or your mouth in order to type a retraction

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