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Justin Jefferson — statistical pace and visions of OROY

A man named Bill Groman playing for the Houston Oilers holds the NFL record for most receiving yards in a rookie season. The year was 1960, and Groman — who passed away in July — notched 1,473 receiving yards in 14 games. Catching passes from Hall of Famer quarterback George Blanda, Groman created an unholy 105 receiving yards per game mark.

Justin Jefferson currently has 1,039 receiving yards. To surpass Groman, Jefferson will be required to maintain a 108.8 yards per game pace — a tall order.

If Jefferson does this, he will likely win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The other Justin [Herbert] was the solid frontrunner for the honor until recently. Herbert’s Chargers now have a 3-9 record. If that gets too much more out of hand, the OROY voters likely won’t hand an illustrious award to a player so upside down with wins and losses.

The 21-year-old Vikings wideout must continue his impressive pace for the last four games of the season and avoid “shutouts” if the OROY trophy is to remain in his purview.