Vikings WR Justin Jefferson breaks Anquan Boldin’s NFL rookie record
Even in the final game of the season, Justin Jefferson is still getting it done for himself and the Minnesota Vikings in more ways than one.
While their season comes to an end since they’ve been eliminated from playoff contention, Jefferson will leave them much to look forward to next season as he broke yet another impressive record against the Detroit Lions.
After going for 133 reception yards on Sunday, Jefferson was able to break Anquan Boldin’s record for most receptions by a rookie during the regular season, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
Vikings WR Justin Jefferson now has more receiving yards than any other rookie in NFL history: 1,379 yards and counting.
Only 21-years old and already a game changing, No. 1 caliber wideout.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 3, 2021
The Vikings certainly found a gem in Jefferson, who they selected with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2020 draft. With 1,379 reception yards, Jefferson was able to pass Boldin’s previous record set in 2003 of 1,377 yards.
Coming into the contest, Jefferson had 1,267 reception yards, which left him with a bit of work to do in order to pass some notable names. He’d already broken former Vikings legend Randy Moss’ record for most catches by a rookie in Week 15. He went on to break another one of Moss’ records on Sunday of 1,313 reception yards as a rookie before eventually breaking Boldin’s record.
Jefferson exploded with his first major game of the season during Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, recording 175 yards while catching 77.8 percent of his catches. From there he recorded five more 100-plus games coming into Week 17, which made seven in total.
Week 17 didn’t hold much weight overall for the Vikings. They along with their opponents in the Lions were both playing their last games of the season regardless of the outcome.