5 Vikings players who’ll benefit most from offseason changes in 2022

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Justin Jefferson – WR

The Minnesota Vikings offense should get a complete makeover with Kevin O’Connell at the helm. His experience with Sean McVay on the Los Angeles Rams and the abundance of weapons to call upon indicates that the rigid approach utilized by Mike Zimmer could be a thing of the past.

That’s nothing but good news for Justin Jefferson. The third-year wide receiver is already among the league’s best and if O’Connell can ignite a further spark in the player, then there’s just no telling what he could be capable of.

Jefferson recently spoke with Patrick Claybon of the NFL Network about the major changes in approach, indicating there will be a much fairer distribution as Minnesota aims to become legitimate Super Bowl contenders sooner rather than later.

"“Our offensive style, it’s not a run-first offense anymore. Just us being able to put different people in different positions and distribute the ball, really. I’m so excited in this offense. Us just being in OTAs, learning the plays, going through it with our defense, and stuff.”"

The former LSU standout will be the focal point of opposing defenses despite the presence of running back Dalvin Cook. Jefferson’s first two years in the league have been nothing short of extraordinary and if further progress can be attained, then winning the Triple Crown is an ambitious but achievable goal.