In each of the last two years, Justin Jefferson has been one of the most prolific wide receivers in the game. As a junior at LSU, Jefferson caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. This achievement led the Minnesota Vikings to make him No. 22 in the overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he went on to set the record for receiving yards all the time by catching 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven scores.
Jefferson has had the good fortune to get some excellent quarterback play in each of these seasons. At LSU, his quarterback was Joe Burrow, who of course continued to be No. 1 in the draft. With the Vikings was Jefferson’s quarterback Kirk Cousins.
In an interview with Colin Cowherd, Jefferson was asked to do so compare the two quarterbacks.
“Kirk and Joe throw similar balls. They’re not the strongest arm, but they get it for you exactly where you need it,” Jefferson said. “The thing about Joe is a little different, I want Joe to have a little more swagger. He has that confidence on the pitch. He’s not afraid of being hit and I want to be a quarterback, that. is a great trait for has – especially for being as young as he is. He is a phenomenal quarterback. “
It’s interesting to hear a player be so openly free for a quarterback on another team, but they were college teammates, so that makes sense. Jefferson has, too beware of praise on cousins before, and wondered why it is that cousins tend to get so much more criticism than other top quarterbacks in the NFL.
Still, Jefferson said he was not surprised when he heard rumors that the Vikings were interested in Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields if he had been available to them in the draft.
“No,” Jefferson said, indicating that he lacked surprise. “We have to build on Kirk, or whatever. Having Justin Fields brings a little more pressure to other teams by having a dominant quarterback like he is.”
Cousins is entering his age of 33 and will count for $ 31 million against the Vikings this year. Unbelievably, he will get a hit of $ 45 million next season thanks to the two-year, fully guaranteed $ 66 million extension he signed with the Vikings in 2020. That makes it extremely difficult for the Vikings to move on from The Cousins era. before the 2023 season. Perhs, who played a part in the team, ultimately decided to make an aggressive move to trade up for Fields, leading their division rivals, the Chicago Bears, to do so instead.