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Who will stop Justin Jefferson in 2023? Can anyone?

You want to know what Justin Jefferson will be up against in 2023 as he aims to set more NFL records and help the Minnesota Vikings defend their NFC North crown, let’s break it all down.

Artwork of Justin Jefferson created by David Stefano. © D.STEFANO 2021

In his three-year career, Justin Jefferson has amassed 4,873 receiving yards. He only needs 688 yards in the 2023 season to set a new NFL record for the most yards in the first four years of a career. As of July 3rd, his over/under taken from Caesars Sports Books is 1,375.5 yards. Justin has never failed to surpass the over in his three-year career, posting 1,400 yards in 2020, 1,616 in 2021, and 1,857 last season. If he posts 1,500 yards in 2023, he will become the first wide receiver ever to do so in three consecutive years. Additionally, if he continues on his trajectory of adding over 200 yards each season, a mythical 2,000-yard season is possible. That would be truly historic and unmatched in all of the annals of the NFL. Only some of the very best cornerbacks and defenses in the league have a chance to stop him, barring injury.

The upcoming 2023 NFL season is highly anticipated, particularly for fans of the Minnesota Vikings who are excited to see how their talented wide receiver, Justin Jefferson, will fare against some of the top cornerbacks in the league. According to the PFF Cornerback Rankings, Jefferson is set to face off against 15 of the top 32 cornerbacks in the league, including Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles, Patrick Surtain II of the Denver Broncos, Jaire Alexander of the Green Bay Packers, Marshon Lattimore of the New Orleans Saints, Jaycee Horn of the Carolina Panthers, Jamel Dean of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and more. While it’s expected that Jefferson will handle most of these matchups with ease, there are a few that could prove to be challenging.

Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (2) intercepts pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a closer look at Jefferson’s performance in the 2022 season, it’s clear that he’s faced some of the top cornerbacks before, such as Darius Slay, Jaire Alexander, and Marshon Lattimore. While his performance against them was mixed, it’s worth noting that Jefferson did manage to hold his own. Against the Eagles, Jefferson had a 50% catch rate but just 1 catch on 6 targets with Slay covering and had two of those targets intercepted in one of his worst games of the season. Meanwhile, in his first game against the Packers, Jefferson had a high 90% reception rate and scored two touchdowns. However, in the second game, his reception rate dropped to just 25%, and he had one target intercepted with no receptions with Alexander covering him on only one target. Against the Saints, Jefferson had a solid 76.9% reception rate and caught 7 of 10 targets when covered by Lattimore.

As the 2023 season approaches, fans are eager to see how Jefferson will perform against these top cornerbacks, particularly given that he now has another year of experience under his belt. It’s certain that Jefferson has been studying their tendencies and tactics and preparing himself for these matchups. While there are no guarantees, it’s clear that he is determined to elevate his game and cement his status as the top wide receiver in the league.

During the offseason, he travels to South Florida to work on his physical skills at House of Athlete in Weston, Florida. Jefferson trained there this offseason under Mo Wells and Curtis Shannon. He focuses not only on speed and strength, acceleration and deceleration, but also on timing and reaction. This investment in his physical abilities has paid off, resulting in three seasons of increased production and giving him an advantage over defenders attempting to stop him. He did the same this offseason to increase the physical advantage over the defenders trying to stop him.

It’s also worth noting that the Vikings have made a key addition to their offense, the acquisition of rookie wide receiver Jordan Addison. This could be a significant schematic advantage for Jefferson, as he may draw some defensive attention away from Jefferson and allow him to focus on his game with less double teams. As always, the NFL season promises to be full of surprises and twists and turns, and fans everywhere will be eagerly watching to see how Jefferson and the Vikings will fare.

Overall, it’s clear that there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2023 NFL season. With Jefferson facing off against some of the top cornerbacks in the league and the Vikings making key additions to their roster, it’s shaping up to be an exciting time for Vikings fans. While there are sure to be challenges ahead, there’s no doubt that Jefferson will be ready to rise to the occasion and prove his worth on the field.

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