Two Stats Prove Justin Jefferson is Better Than Stefon Diggs

Max Staley
Justin Jefferson is outproducing Stefon Diggs in 2020.
Justin Jefferson is outproducing Stefon Diggs in 2020. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings shipped off Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a first-round pick. It was generally perceived to be a fair deal at the time. But now that we're almost through with the 2020 regular season, it's become increasingly clear that Minnesota won this deal. And did so handily.

Justin Jefferson, who the Vikings selected with the pick they received from the Bills, is already a fantastic wide receiver. In fact, the stats show that Jefferson might already be better than Diggs.

Jefferson currently has more receiving yards (1,039) than Diggs (1,037). He also has more touchdowns (7 to 4) thus far. Notably, Jefferson didn't make his debut as a starter until Week 3, and he's outproduced Diggs despite seeing 37 fewer targets in 2020.

To be fair, it's hard to blame Diggs for being less efficient than Jefferson, who has arguably been the most efficient pass-catcher in the NFL. Jefferson's 12.4 yards per target is the best mark in the league by a long shot, dwarfing the second-best mark in the NFL (11.8).

Jefferson is playing like one of the best receivers in football. But he's not going to be paid like one for the next few years. Considering he's outproducing Diggs, who makes $14.8 million in 2020, it's hard not to view this deal as an absolute home run for Minnesota.

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