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VIDEO: Justin Jefferson Breaks 49ers Defender's Ankles in 1-on-1 Rep

Larry Rupp
VIDEO: Justin Jefferson breaks a 49ers defender's ankles in a 1-on-1 rep.
VIDEO: Justin Jefferson breaks a 49ers defender's ankles in a 1-on-1 rep. / AP Photos/Stacy Bengs

The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers have been holding joint practices prior to their preseason matchup on Saturday and it didn't take long for wide receiver Justin Jefferson to make his presence known. The All-Pro broke a 49ers defender's ankles with a crisp route during 1-on-1 reps.

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Jefferson's elite footwork was on full display as he had his opponent guessing every which way as to where he was going to go. His patience at the line of scrimmage worked out in his favor and one last fake to the outside opened up the middle of the field. Jefferson turned and was suddenly wide open.

This kind of play is exactly why Vikings fans have sky-high expectations for Jefferson in 2022. The 23-year-old logged 1,616 yards and 10 touchdowns on 108 receptions last season on his way to a second straight Pro Bowl nod. His unique skill set gives him a chance at career-high marks, though.

It's worth noting that San Francisco is still without its top two cornerbacks as Charvarious Ward tends to a groin injury and Jimmie Ward recovers from a hamstring issue. It leaves players like Dontae Johnson and Ambry Thomas to see extended reps leading up to the start of the regular season.

The Vikings will be looking to bounce back after losing the the Las Vegas Raiders in their preseason opener last week. Oddsmakers see that exact scenario playing out as Minnesota is a 4.5-point home favorite against the 49ers with odds set at -210 on the moneyline, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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