Skip to main content

News | Minnesota Vikings –

Justin Jefferson Hits 1K Mark as a Rookie


MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Jefferson has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in his rookie season — and did so on his seventh career touchdown.

The 22nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, Jefferson hit that milestone in the second half of Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

He became the second Vikings rookie to ever record 1,000 receiving yards in a season, joining Hall of Famer Randy Moss. Jefferson's 20-yard touchdown catch gave the Vikings a 19-16 lead with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter and gave him 1,001 yards on the season.

Moss had 69 catches for 1,313 yards and a rookie-record 17 scores in 1998.

The 21-year-old Jefferson also became just the ninth wide receiver since 2010 to record 1,000-plus yards as a rookie.

2011 – A.J. Green (1,057)

2013 – Keenan Allen (1,046)

2014 – Odell Beckham, Jr. (1,305)

2014 – Mike Evans (1,051)

2014 – Kelvin Benjamin (1,008)

2015 – Amari Cooper (1,070)

2016 – Michael Thomas (1,137)

2019 – A.J. Brown (1,051)

The Vikings have now gone four straight seasons with a wide receiver over 1,000 yards. Adam Thielen hit the mark in 2017, and Stefon Diggs did it in 2019. Thielen and Digg hit the milestone in 2018.

Thielen had 646 yards entering Sunday's game.