In each of the past two years, Justin Jefferson has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the game. As a junior at LSU, Jefferson caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touches. That performance led the Minnesota Vikings to make him the No.22 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he went on to set the all-time rookie record for receiving yards catching 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven. scores.
Jefferson has been fortunate to have had excellent quarterback play each of those seasons. At LSU, his quarterback was Joe Burrow, who, of course, would go on to become the No. 1 pick in the draft. With the Vikings, Jefferson’s quarterback was Kirk Cousins.
In an interview with Colin Cowherd, Jefferson was invited to compare the two quarters.
âKirk and Joe throw similar balls. These aren’t the strongest arms out there, but they’ll get them to you exactly where you need them,â Jefferson said. âThe thing about Joe is a little different, I feel like Joe is a little more boastful. He has that confidence on the pitch. He’s not afraid of being hit, and I feel like a quarterback is a big trait to have – especially to be as young as him. He’s a phenomenal quarterback. “
It’s interesting to hear a player be so openly praising a quarterback from another team, but they were college teammates, so that makes sense. Jefferson also heaped praise on Cousins ââbefore, and wondered why Cousins ââtended to receive so much more criticism than other top quarterbacks in the NFL.
Still, Jefferson said he wasn’t 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.
âNo,â Jefferson said, indicating his lack of surprise. “We have to keep going after Kirk, or whatever. Having Justin Fields puts a little more pressure on the other teams by having a dominant quarterback like him.”
Cousins ââis entering his 33-year-old season and will count for $ 31 million against the Vikings cap this year. Incredibly, he’s on the verge of hitting a $ 45 million cap 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 leave the era of the cousins. before the 2023 season. This may have played a role in the team’s final decision not to make an aggressive decision to trade for Fields, and led their division rivals, the Chicago Bears, to do so at the square.