Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings is probably the best wide receiver in the National Football League.
He currently leads the NFL with 123 receptions and 1,756 receiving yards, and is very likely to break Calvin «Megatron» Johnson’s single-season record of 1,964 yards in the next two games, and might even do it this Sunday (he needs 209 yards to do it). ). so).
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His magical season began with an elite performance against the Green Bay Packers, where he had nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. That was just a preview of what was to come for the rest of the season.
But don’t tell that to Jaire Alexander.
The Packers’ corner isn’t buying the hype heading into their matchup on Sunday.
«You just have to be real: he doesn’t jump without a super suit and get dressed up and jump outside, do you hear me?» Alexander said, via ESPN. «Me neither, sometimes. But he [is] Human, is what I’m saying. We’re not putting too much on anyone.
«He’s a very good receiver. But at the end of the day, I’m a very good corner. We have very good corners, we have very good linebackers, D-line, whatever. You don’t want to focus too much on that person because he’s, like , the first game, was a fluke.»
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That’s a pretty bold statement: While Jefferson’s 2022 campaign likely won’t be a repeat, LSU’s product was a second-team All-Pro receiver in his first two NFL seasons. He also broke Randy Moss’ record for most receiving yards in the first three seasons by a player in Week 12. Even if he somehow falls short of Megatron, he’ll be a first-team member and may even be considered Most Player. Valuable.
However, Alexander has a small case, at least in terms of what Jefferson has done against the Packers.
In his NFL debut, which came against Green Bay in 2020, he was limited to two receptions for 26 yards. Six weeks later, he had just three receptions for as many yards.
However, in two games against the Packers the following season, he combined 14 receptions for 227 yards and two scores. Reminder: His numbers from Week 1 of his solo this season were pretty close to that.
Sure, the Vikings and Packers make for an intriguing rivalry in the NFC North, but Sunday is the closest to a must-win for Green Bay: They’ll be knocked out of playoff contention with a loss and a Detroit Lions win. or the Commanders of Washington.
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Alexander will have to back up his speech if his team has any hope of staying alive in Week 18.