Jefferson should be the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year
Once again on Sunday, the Vikings got a marvelous performance from rookie receiver Justin Jefferson. The talented pass-catcher finished Minnesota’s win over the Jaguars with nine catches for 121 yards and one trip to the end zone.
Now with 1,039 yards this year after Sunday, Jefferson currently ranks fourth in the NFL in receiving yards and his 19 catches of at least 20 yards are the most by any player in the league this season.
Selected one pick in the draft order behind Randy Moss, Jefferson is quickly turning into the closest thing to the Hall of Fame receiver the Vikings have ever seen. Minnesota’s current first-year pass-catcher is also on pace to break Moss’ franchise record for receiving yards in a season by a rookie.
With everything that Jefferson has been able to already accomplish, he deserves more than just consideration for the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He should now be the favorite to earn this season’s honor.
Most have been assuming Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will be given the award at the end of the season. But why should the honor go to someone whose team is 3-9 this year after losing five of their last six games?
Jefferson has been making a legitimate difference for Minnesota during their second-half turnaround while also putting up monster numbers. The Vikings’ recent success is what should give their young receiver the edge over Herbert for the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year award.