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Vikings News: Justin Jefferson Eagerly Challenging Patrick Peterson at Practice

Larry Rupp
Minnesota Vikings star wideout Justin Jefferson is eagerly challenging veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson at practice.
Minnesota Vikings star wideout Justin Jefferson is eagerly challenging veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson at practice. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson bursted onto the scene last season as a rookie and now heads into the fall looking to develop his skills even more. One way he is attempting to improve is by eagerly challenging veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson during practice sessions.

The Vikings signed Peterson in free agency this offseason in hopes of upgrading their secondary. The 10-year NFL pro has been one of the best shutdown defenders in the league over the last decade, but is now being challenged by a flashy 22-year-old playmaker.

“Justin didn’t wanna go at no other corner but me. That’s my first time I ever got called out."

Patrick Peterson on Justin Jefferson

Jefferson has to be excited for the upcoming season after he racked up a rookie-record 1,400 receiving yards on 88 receptions and 7 touchdowns in 2020. He has a rare opportunity to go one-on-one against one of the best CBs in the NFL and he's definitely taking advantage of it.

"I’ve been trying to apply some of the pressure to [Patrick Peterson]. Him being one of the top corners in the league and going up against him at practice that only makes us better as receivers."

Justin Jefferson

The young wideout is already on track to becoming one of the best at his position and could benefit from the mentorship of a veteran like Peterson. He could push Jefferson to be even better.

The Vikings currently have odds set at +128 to make the playoffs next year and odds set at +4000 to win the Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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