The Minnesota Vikings opted to shake up their roster last offseason by trading wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. Two years had passed since Diggs was a part of The Minneapolis Miracle, and his relationship with the team broke down. Minnesota's patience with the disgruntled receiver ran out, and they shipped him to the Buffalo Bills for multiple picks, including the No. 22 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With that pick, the Vikings selected LSU wideout Justin Jefferson, who is performing well above normal expectations for a rookie.
In fact, Jefferson's production is on par with the veteran receiver he came in to replace.
It's no secret that Diggs has enjoyed a career revival with the Bills. He's seeing 10.2 targets per game and cashing in on that extra attention: He leads the league in receptions (73) and receiving yards (906). Diggs has emerged as a top option in a pass-heavy offense led by Bills QB Josh Allen.
However, Jefferson isn't far behind Diggs, and he's only a rookie. The former LSU standout entered the starting lineup in Week 3, and he's averaged 98.9 receiving yards per game across his seven starts.
He's trailing Diggs in counting stats on the season, but that per-game yardage pace actually tops Diggs' average of 90.3 per game.
While Diggs currently has the superior numbers, Jefferson is already showcasing his potential. The rookie is near the more experienced wideout's production, yet costs a fraction of the price (Diggs signed a 5-year, $72 million extension in 2018 while Jefferson is on his 4-year, $13.1 million rookie contract).
Diggs' numbers with the Bills are impressive, but Jefferson's early returns and room to grow make the Vikings the winner of last offseason's trade.
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