Could Justin Jefferson be the first receiver to win NFL MVP?

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No receiver has ever won the NFL’s MVP award. Not a single one. Could this be the year that changes?

The problem for great receivers is that there’s always a quarterback who made them great. Between the two, the quarterback will get the bulk of the votes — or at least enough of them to dilute the receiver’s tally.

For a receiver to win it, he needs to have a season that is historic, if not record-setting. And he needs to have a quarterback who prompts more shrugs of indifference than shouts of amazement.

Enter Justin Jefferson. Already one of the most accomplished receivers in the league despite playing for a defensive-minded head coach and two different offensive coordinators, new coach Kevin O’Connell is implementing a Rams-style offense that will make Jefferson into Minnesota’s answer to Cooper Kupp.

Last year, Jefferson had 108 catches and 1,616 receiving yards. This year, he could explode in the new offense.

With Kirk Cousins throwing the passes, the votes could skew toward Jefferson. Cousins would need to throw for more than 5,400 passing yards and 50 touchdowns to get serious consideration for MVP, or the Vikings would have to be the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

It’s more likely that Jefferson will go off statistically this year, possibly enough that he potentially enters the conversation to be the first ever receiver to be the Most Valuable Player in the NFL.

38 responses to “Could Justin Jefferson be the first receiver to win NFL MVP?

  1. OMG all this hype for these new age softies. They’re going to go 0-4 at least as their preseason begins on 9/11. I half think that after Zimmer, KOC intentionally overcompensated the other direction so he can be real next year and say to them “No more participation trophies, now we work.”

  2. Settle down, Beavis!
    No matter who gets the targets, I’m betting there are going to be a lot of chapped egos on the wrong side of the river before the season is half over.

  3. If Cooper Kupp couldn’t win it last year, Jefferson has no chance barring he has the best receiving season ever seen, and even then it would probably still be a QB.

  4. Just to see the completion of his transformation to a level of diva, the likes of which has never been seen before, I hope this happens.

  5. If Rodgers has a great season without Adams he’s going to win a third. There wont be any WR in the conversation.

  6. Great – a $35-40 million WR. All about the players getting their $$$ but how can any GM expect to build a “team” with that kind of commitment to one player. The wise teams of the NFL will surely migrate back to ball control offenses focusing on the run game, if for no other reason than to avoid the unreasonable commitments to WRs and in some cases, not so impressive QBs.

  7. Wide receivers and TEs are so completely dependent on QBs getting them the ball. If WR Jerry Rice never won an NFL MVP reward…no WR will.

  8. This is all an agent publicity stunt design to increase the floor of contract negotiations, which also increases the ceiling. IT’S A SCAM!!!

  9. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 2:50 pm
    If Rodgers has a great season without Adams he’s going to win a third. There wont be any WR in the conversation.
    Thats a big IF…..

  10. Cooper Kupp won the WR triple-crown last year and wasn’t anywhere close in MVP voting. Randy Moss never won it. Jerry Rice never won it. Megatron didn’t win it with the most receiving yards in a season. If it’s an off-year for QBs maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it, not even at +12500

  11. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 2:50 pm
    If Rodgers has a great season without Adams he’s going to win a third. There wont be any WR in the conversation.

    I highly doubt it with the young unproven WR corp the Packers have. Even if he does he’ll still be home polishing his MVP trophies on Super Bowl Sunday.

  12. Maybe this is something to start talking about mid-season if the Vikings aren’t already out of it. Not to mention receivers are 100 percent purely a product of the QB’s ability so by default the QB will always get the MVP. But still not regular season and the Vikings number 1 homer is still trying to get that off-season Superbowl win of “how great we are” “this is season” for the 53rd year running.

  13. JJ wont be in the MVP race, until he has a QB who is also in that conversation. It’s all up to Kwesi to right that ship.

  14. I’d love to see him get it. And if he does, the logic spelled out in this article is spot-on as to how it would happen. But let’s let the first game of the season happen before we start talking about anyone being MVP.

  15. Brady or Burrow should’ve been MVP last year, not Rodgers. They need to pump the breaks on announcing it til right before the SB, that way people can see Rodgers choke in the playoffs and his Peyton Manning esque’ playoff meltdowns can be exposed.

  16. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Oh man that was great.

    April Fools article in September! No way!

  17. In the sense that he’s not disqualified from having people vote for him? Yes.
    In the sense will it happen this year? No.
    Vikings will be lucky to clear 10 wins this season.
    No matter what numbers JJ puts up.

  18. Someone else says JJ could be a MVP and people here start calling JJ a diva. Sounds about right at this site of trolls. JJ isn’t a diva.

  19. Mike, I relly hope you are right. Ive been a Viking fan since 1961 and have lived all of the pain of every failure and need a real sucessful winner!

  20. Even though Gino Cappellitti was somehow the 1964 AFL Player of the Year no wide receiver will EVER sniff the award.

    Cooper Kupp averaged 19.6 more yards per game than JJ last season, had 6 more td’s and received a ONE vote.

    I realize that’s largely because the eventual MVP winner is such a likeable, down-to-earth guy ……easy haters, I’m just playing here….but JJ would have to perform about 15% better just to get into single vote territory.

  21. I think finally having his first ever .500 season as a pro would be a more realistic stretch goal.

  22. Fun to watch the Packer and Viking fans bicker when we all know neither will have a rooting interest in the SB

  23. philmccracken says:
    September 6, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    I prefer WRs who aren’t divas.////////////
    First off JJ isn’t a diva. Secondly the packers WR’s aren’t in any position to be a diva.
    So you are save to say it.

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