PFT’s NFL 2022 offensive player of the year: Justin Jefferson

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Back in the summer, Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson made some headlines when he said in an interview that Davante Adams was the best receiver in the NFL, but Jefferson himself would have that title after the 2022 season.

People like to talk about manifesting all the time. But Jefferson played that prediction into existence.

Jefferson finished the 2022 season leading the league with 128 catches and 1,809 yards. He set new single-season franchise records in both categories, smashing records held by Cris Carter and Randy Moss.

He had nine more catches than anybody else in the league and 99 more yards. While he finished tied at No. 11 with eight touchdown catches, Jefferson set up many more for a Vikings club that finished No. 8 in points scored in its first season under head coach Kevin O’Connell.

That’s why Justin Jefferson is PFT’s 2022 offensive player of the year.

Jefferson outstanding catch ability was perhaps best displayed in the Vikings’ wild Week 10 victory over the Bills when he somehow came down with Kirk Cousins’ 32-yard pass on fourth-and-18 to keep a drive alive in the fourth quarter. Jefferson had 10 catches for 193 yards with a touchdown that day, as it felt like he was willing Minnesota to victory.

The third-year receiver out of LSU had 10 games with at least 100 yards this season, with four games of at least 150 yards.

There were a few other players with a case for offensive player of the year. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs looked like he was on his way out of Las Vegas when he played substantial snaps in the Hall of Fame game. But he led the league with 1,653 yards rushing and 2,053 yards from scrimmage, racking up 12 touchdowns along the way. His new teammate, Adams, led the league with 14 receiving touchdowns on 100 catches with 1,516 yards.

Miami receiver Tyreek Hill was second to Jefferson in catches (119) and yards (1,710) with seven receiving touchdowns.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce once again had an outstanding season at tight end, catching 110 passes for 1,338 yards with a career-high 12 touchdowns.

But Jefferson’s season stands out above the rest. And while some may argue, he has turned himself into the league’s best receiver.

16 responses to “PFT’s NFL 2022 offensive player of the year: Justin Jefferson

  1. With a number 1 seed on the line, and the ability to eliminate the Packers, this stiff put up 1 catch for 15 yards while pouting all day.

  2. This has kind of turned into the non-QB MVP award. This guy has been a blast to watch the past 3 seasons. And he hasn’t let success go to his head (yet).

  3. Definitely not merely a “good year”. He was special since his rookie year, while other hot rookies have cooled down. But stats are only part of Justin Jefferson, you have to watch him. Some of the catches he makes are just illogical and you have to rewind them to see how it even happened. well deserved award who not only put up big numbers but definitively won them games as a WR.

  4. With a number 1 seed on the line, and the ability to eliminate the Packers, this stiff put up 1 catch for 15 yards while pouting all day.

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    Just stop. The #1 seed was not really on the line. Vikings lost to Philly early on so the Eagles had head to head tie breaker. Had the Vikings won, Hurts would have played in the Cowboys or Saints game and they would have won one if not both of them. How does 8-9 feel?

  5. “And while some may argue…”

    Yeah, I will argue. Like you pointed out, he had only 9 more catches, 99 more yards, and 1 more touchdown than Tyreek Hill. Yet, Tyreek played with another top 6 receiver in Jaylen Waddle sharing catches AND played 5 games with a third string, rookie QB. I’m not downplaying Jefferson’s season or him, he’s great. I’m not even questioning your pick for Offensive Player of the Year, even though I disagree, but I strongly disagree with your take that Jefferson’s season “stands out above the rest”.

  6. Jaylen Waddle a top 6 WR? Uh no. Not yet. AJ Brown, Jefferson, Adams, Allen, Chase, Lamb, Higgins, Samuel, Metcalf, Lockett, Hopkins McLaurin, Ra St. Brown, Diggs, Kupp, are all better WRs than Waddle at this time and that is just naming a few…….

  7. Jefferson had 9 more receptions, 99 more yards and 1 more touchdown. Tyreek’s no. 1 qb only played 13 games this season. Let that sink in.

  8. Just stop. The #1 seed was not really on the line.
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    Okay. But the #2 seed was. Don’t know what pretending the game didn’t have some import does, but have at it.

  9. Okay. But the #2 seed was. Don’t know what pretending the game didn’t have some import does, but have at it.
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    No pretending anything. The game was WAY MORE important to GB than it was to Minnesota. Period. #2 seed vs 3# does NOT have near the importance it once did due to only the #1 seed getting the bye.

  10. “Chmurasbabysitter says:
    January 12, 2023 at 5:20 pm
    Jaylen Waddle a top 6 WR? Uh no. Not yet.”

    This isn’t opinion or popularity, stats indicated Waddle IS 6th in the NFL in yards, reception…and this is after setting the rookie record last year for the most receptions.

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