Justin Jefferson: Being in MVP discussion is good enough for me

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Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson was named the NFC’s offensive player of the month for November on Thursday and that led to some conversation about another award later in the day.

Jefferson has the best odds of any non-quarterback for the MVP award this season and he was asked about being mentioned as a candidate for the award. Quarterbacks have won the last nine MVPs and no wide receiver has ever won it, so Jefferson’s definitely a dark horse and he said that he would be happy just to be nominated come the end of the season.

“To consider me as an MVP candidate is something that I’m grateful for,” Jefferson said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “But . . . MVP won’t determine the stuff that I did for my team throughout the season. I’m the Most Valuable Player in my own eyes. Getting the award would be fantastic, but to be in the discussion is good enough.”

Jefferson said he didn’t begrudge the way the award is tilted toward quarterbacks because their play “pretty much determines if you’re going to be a good offense or not,” but Jefferson’s play this season makes him as deserving of recognition as anyone who plays elsewhere on the field this season.

17 responses to “Justin Jefferson: Being in MVP discussion is good enough for me

  1. Goofy face, goofy dance, goofy teeth, goofy hair. But kids like it. Because he’s still generally a kid and looks like a kid. I am trying hard to ignore all of the many, many ways in which he annoys me because behind all of it, he is one of the best route runners I’ve ever seen

  2. Most talented receivers like him are too much in the “Diva” category….
    NOT THIS GUY! Glad he’s on my team!
    SKOL!

  3. Kupp didn’t win it last year, so I don’t see how JJ could win this year.

    Good on him for staying focused on the real goal! SB MVP is probably way more fun than league MVP cause it comes with a ring

  4. Cooper Kupp should have won it last year. They gave it to Rodgers and he choked yet again in the playoffs. No worries about the Pack choking in the playoffs this year! 🙂

  5. It’s funny how Viking fans think losing in the playoffs is better than not making them to begin with. Whatever works for you fellas, but if/when you go one and done this year, you better put your big boy pants on.

  6. As Jefferson said, the quarterback really determines more of the offense than a wide receiver can. You can ask where the Vikings would be without Jefferson, but if Kirk Cousins had gotten hurt right before the season they would probably be 3-8 at best.

  7. “Just being in the discussion” is the perfect attitude for anyone who’s a part of the historically championship-bereft Minnesota Vikings.

  8. The NFL needs a separate trophy for the best QB like the NHL does for goalies. Think about players like ray Lewis or Aaron Donald. Can’t tell me they didn’t deserve an MVP at some point in their careers.

  9. I guess I just don’t see it.
    Why would Jefferson even be in the MVP discussion?
    He’s not even leading in any of the major WR stat categories.

    Catches: S. Diggs.
    Yards: T. Hill
    TDs: Technically it’s Travis Kelce, but as for wide receivers it’s Davante Adams and Diggs again.
    Jefferson is in a tie for 14th place.

    If Cooper Kupp didn’t even receive a sniff when leading all three categories while carrying his team into the postseason, I don’t see any receiver doing enough to garner any serious interest.
    With the great season Stefon Diggs and the Buffalo Bills are having, I’d think he’d be the only real viable candidate at receiver to be considered.
    Jefferson is definitely the MVP of the Vikings though. 😉

  10. In terms of teams Wins and Losses… I don’t think Hurts or Mahomes matters as much to their teams as Jefferson does to the Vikings.

  11. pkrloser says:
    December 2, 2022 at 10:24 am
    It’s funny how Viking fans think losing in the playoffs is better than not making them to begin with. Whatever works for you fellas, but if/when you go one and done this year, you better put your big boy pants on.
    ——————————-
    We will own it like we always do. But, Packer fans should also better be ready for decades worth of losing records with the obvious drop off in talent.

  12. Vikings fans own it? We usually don’t. Nate is on to something, though. Success for us in Minnesota means the Packers not being successful since we don’t have our own championship history to tout.

  13. You mean everyone didn’t get the memo, the MVP is a QB ONLY AWARD!

    If it wasn’t then Kupp would have gotten it last year and Henry would have gotten it in 2020 when he broke 2000yd rushing!

  14. Hey fellas…you can’t compare this year to a
    Previous year. Whatever Kupp did last year as compared
    To other players last year, doesn’t mean JJ can’t win it this year as compared to other players this year.

  15. Wafflestomp says:
    December 2, 2022 at 11:32 am
    I guess I just don’t see it.
    Why would Jefferson even be in the MVP discussion?
    He’s not even leading in any of the major WR stat categories
    ////
    So how did Rodgers win mvp last year?

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