Despite another rough loss on Sunday afternoon, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson continues to show why, when he’s healthy, he’s the best player at his position in the National Football League.
With his six-catch, 141-yard performance against Detroit on Sunday, Jefferson set a new NFL record for the most receiving yards by an NFL player in their first four seasons. He now has 5,648 career receiving yards, surpassing the old mark of 5,512 set by Michael Thomas of New Orleans. Making that more impressive is that Thomas only missed one game in his first four seasons, giving him 63 games to set the mark, while Jefferson passed it in 58 career games.
Even though he missed seven games this year (and most of an eighth), Jefferson still has a chance to put up his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. With two games remaining, he has 823 yards, meaning that if he can put up 177 over the final two games he will hit the 1,000-yard mark.
The Vikings had a shot to have three players reach the 1,000-yard plateau this year, which would have made them the first team to do that since the 2008 Arizona Cardinals. However, T.J. Hockenson’s season has come to an end with 960 receiving yards and rookie Jordan Addison currently has 826 yards but is now week-to-week with an ankle injury.
Sunday was also the 28th game of Jefferson’s career where he’s had 100 yards receiving, meaning that he’s eclipsed the century mark in nearly half of all his career games. It was also the first 100-yard game he’s put up with someone other than Kirk Cousins throwing him the football.
Congratulations to Justin Jefferson on, once again, putting his name in the NFL record books. It’s too bad that the record didn’t come in tandem with a victory, but it’s still an impressive feat in any case.