Justin Jefferson targets the first ever 2,000-yard receiving season

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In 2021, despite an offense that was far more basic and limited than it could or should have been, Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson generated 1,616 receiving yards. This year, with new coach Kevin O’Connell installing an offense that helped Rams receiver Cooper Kupp threaten Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yardage record of 1,964 yards with a 17-game total of 1,947, Jefferson has a new goal.

He wants to be the first receiver to crack the 2,000-yard barrier.

I think I can,” Jefferson said Monday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Hopefully, everything goes right and I can get that 2,000. That’s my goal.”

Jefferson also reiterated his belief that, in 2022, he’ll pass Davante Adams as the best receiver in the NFL.

So what about Kupp?

“Coop is good, but I’ll say he’s behind me,” Jefferson said.

Jefferson has been talking for months about his expected uptick in production given the arrival of O’Connell. O’Connell, for his part, has said he “absolutely” intends to make Jefferson the Cooper Kupp of the Vikings offense.

“[O’Connell] can do a lot,” Jefferson said, via Tomasson. “He’ll put me in different positions, put me in motion, put me in different spots to get the ball, So we’re excited about this new offense. I feel great about all the different coaches coming into the building. Everybody’s having a great connection with all the players.

“We’re definitely all excited about the new people coming in and what we’re going to bring to the table. I feel like this year, with the new coaches, we’re more laid back, we’re more comfortable with the new coaches. I just feel like with the new style of offense, I think it’s going to be great for us.”

The last coach, Mike Zimmer, didn’t specifically try to give Jefferson a chance to break the team’s single-season receiving yardage record in the 2021 season finale. Jefferson’s 1,616 yards fell short of Randy Moss’s 1,632.

“I wasn’t even too much worrying about it then,” Jefferson said. “It is what it is. At the end of the day, I was just going to break it the next year.”

If he breaks either the team record or gets to 2,000 yards, the next thing Jefferson will break is the bank. If he shows he’s the best receiver in the NFL this year, he’ll want to be the highest-paid. And he’ll deserve it.

50 responses to “Justin Jefferson targets the first ever 2,000-yard receiving season

  1. This guy won’t stop talking about how great he is. That’s never good. Next he’ll be fighting with Cousins on the sideline because he’s not getting the ball enough.

    Good luck with that.

  2. JJ sure seems to like to talk about personal goals.
    Yet we never hear him talk about team goals or winning games

  3. Sounds like he’s putting his own stats ahead of the team. He should just focus on being the best team player he can be and let the stats speak for themselves.

  4. I’m better than this guy, that guy, the best in the game, going to get over 2000 yds. Blah, blah, blah. Does this guy ever talk about team goals? I’d take Coop over this prima Donna any day.

  5. How about goals of helping his team to win the division, make the playoffs, and finish above .500, which hasn’t happened in 3 years now?

    It’s all about personal goals and ME, ME, ME. Starting to get annoying

  6. Yeaaa probably won’t happen. Not enough talent and more importantly, the guy throwing him the ball isn’t exactly a prime candidate for efficiency

  7. I like Jefferson. But I hate to see all the talk. Some WRs get very diva-ish and seems that all the talk rarely comes true. I like the old school guys that let their game do the talking. He is a very good WR. He could let the results speak for itself instead of grabbing more attention.

  8. Individual goals ahead of winning. I love Jefferson and think he’s a good person and great player but you’d really like for him to be talking about w’s instead of receiving yards.

  9. Good luck approaching Cupp numbers, JJ. Don’t forget you have Kirk Cousins throwing you the ball.

  10. “I wasn’t even too much worrying about it then,”
    +++++
    Better if you weren’t worrying about it at all.

  11. Are individual records really important anymore? All the players that put their heart and soul into making the NFL popular in the 60’s and 70’s have seen these records obliterated due to the ever expanding league season and rule changes.

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  13. All these people here talking about kirk cousins throwing him the ball being a reason he’s not going to break the record.

    Don’t forget kirk will have a top 5 offense, playing from behind in garbage time. He could surpass that record easily. Kirk is a good qb, but he’s downright legendary in garbage time, you can’t deny that.

  14. Well, in his defense, when you play for a team that’s the equivalent of hot garbage, I guess I’d imagine your heart wonders towards more personal goals.
    Still, it’d be nice if he was more focused on lifting his team over the .500 threshold. 😉

  15. JJ’s career will be all about his individual stats and records, then later in his career he will cry about not having a SB ring, and will blame the Vikings for that of course.
    THAT is why diva WRs are the bane of NFL teams.

  16. “Coop is good, but I’ll say he’s behind me,” Jefferson said.
    __
    Regular season receiving yards: Jefferson 1616, Kupp 1947.

  17. Cooper Krupp, that guy with the ring, is behind him.

    It’s hard to win when you have to pander to selfish divas.

  18. Jefferson must have a fragile ego seeing the past couple of months he just can’t stop talking about how great he is.
    But that’s fitting seeing Minn fans always talk trash during the offseason reminding all NFC North teams how great they are.
    The correct manner to gain respect JJ is to do it on the field instead of talking.

  19. Diggs is over in Buffalo talking about dominating with his QB, while Justin dreams of selfish solo prizes. Thanks, Zim and Spielman.

  20. The one thing you can say about Justin Jefferson is, he never shuts up. He talks more than Fred Smoot. Next you hear, he is going to hike it to himself, throw it to himself, block for himself, and catch it and score the TD.

  21. All you people complaining about JJ only thinking of himself and his stats are missing the point. First, he’s generously complementing the coaching staff, and how they’re influencing the TEAM in a positive way. Secondly, if he accomplishes those personal goals, that likely means the QB, and the whole team, is excelling. He knows that. You think he’d take big stats over a Super Bowl ring? No way. The biggest ego out there wouldn’t make that trade.

  22. Lawrence says:

    Adams will be the WR with 2,000 yards this year.
    ###

    Adams is a very good WR.

    But he has never started every game in a season after 8 full years in the league. Last year he started 16 games with Rodgers targeting him 169 times and he only had 1553 yards.

    His best ever average yards per catch was 13.3 back in the 2016 season. Using the 13.3 YPC average, he’d have to CATCH over 150 passes to hit 2000 yards. His best ever catch total was last year with 123 catches, but his YPC dropped to 12.6, so he’d need 158 catches to hit 2000.

    What makes you think that in a new offense (to him) and a QB that he hasn’t played with in nearly a decade that he’ll hit 2000 yards this season?

  23. Tony Awesome says:

    The correct manner to gain respect JJ is to do it on the field instead of talking.
    ###

    I think his performance on the field over his first two seasons is doing a lot of talking. Maybe you need to pay attention to his actual performance vs his talking.

    1400 yards as a ROOKIE in 14 starts and over 1600 yards last year. Many WR’s take 3 years just to become a reliable receiver. He was reliable from day 1.

  24. Packer fans: this wide receiver sure likes to talk
    Also Packer fans: what wide receivers are in our training camp?

  25. K says:
    July 26, 2022 at 10:09 am
    All these people here talking about kirk cousins throwing him the ball being a reason he’s not going to break the record.

    Don’t forget kirk will have a top 5 offense, playing from behind in garbage time. He could surpass that record easily. Kirk is a good qb, but he’s downright legendary in garbage time, you can’t deny that.
    //////
    The Vikings lost 8 games by one score last year. Most of those were with Cousins on the bench and the defense on the field. That defense gave up more points to end the half and regulation than any team in 20 years. None of Cousins stats last year were in garbage time.

  26. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    July 26, 2022 at 5:19 pm
    Packer fans: this wide receiver sure likes to talk
    Also Packer fans: what wide receivers are in our training camp?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    A: All of them.

  27. KnowsMoreThanYou says:
    July 26, 2022 at 5:24 pm
    The Vikings lost 8 games by one score last year.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Vikings won 6 games by one score last year.

  28. KnowsMoreThanYou says:

    Packer fans: this wide receiver sure likes to talk
    ++++++
    Are you saying he doesn’t?

  29. stellarperformance says:

    A: All of them.
    ###

    But you can’t name them, can you…

  30. KnowsMoreThanYou- none were garbage time? I see at least 3 games where Vikings went into the half losing by double digits, (*coincidentally some of his largest passing output games*). And, you are looking at just one year, you should widen the gaze a bit, unless you purposely are looking at the small picture to ignore the larger reality. Kirk is a good qb. Not great.

    Over the last three seasons, Kirk Cousins has completed a whopping 75.6% of his garbage-time passes for 13 touchdowns. It’s almost as if the Minnesota Vikings QB sees a prevent defense at the end of a loss, rubs his palms together eagerly, and proclaims, “Time to make my money!”

    Somehow, Cousins’ employers are always fooled by the statistical padding and sign up for another overpriced tour of duty.

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