Quick Bit: “I think I can,” Jefferson said Monday. “Hopefully, everything goes right and I can get that 2,000. That’s my goal.”
Justin Jefferson is coming for it all in 2022.
The Vikings wideout is one of the most dynamic players in the league. He’s coming off a stunning sophomore campaign where he netted 1,616 receiving yards en route to a second straight Pro Bowl appearance.
Jefferson, the do-it all, griddying star with feet like a ballerina and track star speed, has bigger goals for his third act; he wants to set the record for most receiving yards in a single season.
“I think I can,” Jefferson said Monday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Hopefully, everything goes right and I can get that 2,000. That’s my goal.”
The single-season receiving record currently stands at 1,964 yards, set by Calvin Johnson in a historic 2012 campaign. Rams WR Cooper Kupp came closest to Megatron’s mark, finishing with 1,947 yards in last year’s 17-game season. Kupp’s offensive coordinator last year was none other than Kevin O’Connell, who was hired as Minnesota’s head coach in the offseason.
“[O’Connell] can do a lot,” Jefferson said. “He’ll put me in different positions, put me in motion, put me in different spots to get the ball, So we’re excited about this new offense. I feel great about all the different coaches coming into the building. Everybody’s having a great connection with all the players.”
There’s a lot to like in Jefferson’s game. He’s an absolute speed demon and has great route-running skills. Under O’Connell’s tutelage, the LSU alum should do big things.
But can he really break Johnson’s single-season receiving mark? Sporting News looks beyond the numbers to see what Jefferson can do in O’Connell’s offense.
What is the single season NFL receiving record?
Calvin Johnson nabbed 122 catches for 1,964 receiving yards in 2012, setting the high-water mark for receivers. Johnson was an absolute force despite lining up for a team that finished 4-12, averaging over 122 receiving yards per game.
With his 2012 campaign, Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s 27-year record for most receiving yards in a season. Despite all his accomplishments, Megatron finished just third in AP Offensive Player of the Year voting.
Unsurprisingly, there’s been an explosion in air-centered offenses in recent years. Case in point: four of the five players to hit at least 1,800 receiving yards in a single season have accomplished the feat in the past ten years (Johnson, 2012; Kupp, 2021; Julio Jones, 2015; Antonio Brown, 2015).
With all this production through the air, maybe Jefferson really has a chance of surpassing Megatron’s mark.
Here are the top ten receiving seasons in NFL history:
Top ten receiving seasons in NFL history
What is the Vikings single season receiving record?
One record that Jefferson can almost surely break with a healthy season is the Vikings’ single season receiving mark. It is currently held by Hall of Famer Randy Moss, who caught 111 balls for 1,632 yards in 2003.
Interestingly enough, Jefferson’s 2021 showing places him second on the franchise’s all-time list. His rookie season also ranks fifth.
All of that is to say, Jefferson is more than equipped to smash through Moss’ record. With an extra game, a pass-first offensive mind and a crew of talented teammates capable of opening the field for Jefferson, he might just be on pace for a historic season for the Purple and Gold.
Here are the top ten receiving seasons in Vikings history:
Top ten receiving seasons in Minnesota Vikings history
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