Vikings News: Justin Jefferson Explains How He'll Avoid Sophomore Slump

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson explained how he plans to avoid a sophomore slump.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson explained how he plans to avoid a sophomore slump. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson took the NFL by storm during his rookie season and ended up being named to the All-Pro second team. He heads into the fall with his eyes set on improving even more and explained how he plans to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.

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Jefferson knows a lot of eyes will be on him moving forward and simply wants to put up numbers that are even better than last year. He is coming off a season in which he racked up 1,400 yards on 88 receptions and scored seven touchdowns. The 21-year-old playmaker earned his first Pro Bowl nod as well.

One way Jefferson is attempting to stay ahead defenses is by adding new moves to his route inventory. He knows teams have been studying his film throughout the offseason.

"That’s the hard part about the league and doing great things in the league. There’s always someone watching your tape and studying your games, so definitely during this offseason I had to learn some new moves."

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The former LSU Tiger also gets a full offseason with his teammates, which is something he wasn't able to have last year joining the league during the height of the pandemic. Jefferson joins veteran pass-catcher Adam Thielen in what is one of the most daunting WR duos in the league.

If Jefferson keeps up the stellar start to his career, he could end up as a sneaky candidate for the Offensive Player of the Year award. The Vikings head into the 2021 season with odds set at +270 to win the NFC North division, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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