Breakout game? Justin Jefferson puts himself alongside Randy Moss with big first half
Minnesota Vikings rookie Justin Jefferson has already put himself in a unique class of receivers for the Vikings.
The former LSU star had a monster game on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Jefferson Justin Jefferson is the first Vikings rookie with 100 receiving yards in a half since Randy Moss on Nov. 26, 1998 against the Cowboys, according to ESPN Stats and Info. That was Moss’ famous Thanksgiving performance – 3 catches, 163 yards, 3 TD (51-yd, 56-yd, 56-yd scores).
By late in the third quarter, Jefferson had seven catches for 175 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, including a 71-yard catch that went for a score.
The Vikings drafted Jefferson No. 22 overall in the spring NFL Draft out of LSU. But Sunday was definitely a breakout game for Jefferson who came into the Titans game with five catches for 70 yards in two games played.
Last week, the Associated Press reported how Jefferson needed to be more involved in the Vikings offense. Consider that to-do list item checked off.
“Jefferson has been targeted six times for five receptions, 70 yards and three first downs, one sign that the Vikings — from offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to wide receivers coach Andrew Janocko to quarterback Kirk Cousins — have been guiding him both gradually and intentionally.”
“I think it’s the right thing to do with him. I think you’re going to see more and more of him,” Kubiak said, adding: “Much like Adam, you want to get touches for those type of football players, and with the amount of plays we’ve been running, touches are hard to come by.”
Justin Jefferson’s first career TD is a 71 yd gem pic.twitter.com/lT2cbzgAh9
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