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Justin Jefferson Reconnects Quickly at Vikings Minicamp

EAGAN, Minn. — The "juice" accompanying Justin Jefferson returned to Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center Tuesday, and the receiving phenom said he's feeling "fresh."

The other f-word on his mind was football.

Not fame, nor fortune, which have both followed his football success through three seasons.

Jefferson had not participated in the voluntary part of Minnesota's offseason workout program, but he took the field for limited reps Tuesday in the first day of a mandatory minicamp.

The 2020 first-round pick who is under contract this year (fourth year of his rookie deal) and in 2024 (through a fifth-year option through which he's scheduled to earn the salary of a franchise-tagged receiver), said he was participating in some marketing opportunities.

"Crazy, very great [opportunities]," Jefferson said with appreciation. "A lot of stuff to name, but I'm just blessed to be in that type of situation to have a lot on my plate, to have things keep coming to me in the offseason."

Some have speculated about his contract status, but Jefferson said he plans to be at training camp when it opens at the end of next month.

"The contract comes with the game, but my agent handles that," Jefferson said. "It's something that happens every single year. It's not something new to the game. Eventually we knew we were going to have to talk contract, but like I said, I'm here to play football and not really here to talk about contracts."

View photos of Vikings players during minicamp at the TCO Performance Center.

On Tuesday, he caught up with teammates and even dabbed up staff members he's built relationships with.

Receiver K.J. Osborn was among those happy to welcome Jefferson back.

"It feels good. I've got about 10 less questions a day asking me what Justin is doing and what he ate for breakfast, so it was good to have him out here," Osborn quipped. "We're all excited to have him out here, so it should be fun."

Osborn, a 2020 draft classmate of Jefferson, has set the pace for a young group this offseason and looks forward to their roles as emerging leaders.

"It's something we've embraced and I'm very comfortable with," Osborn said. "I've talked about it before, my leadership in the past, and I think Adam did an excellent job of showing us the way in order to lead these young guys."

Jefferson said, "I always have chemistry with these guys."

"Me and Kirk [Cousins] always have that chemistry, are talking all of the time, so the chemistry part is not something we were worrying about," Jefferson added. "We knew as soon as I got back and came back here, it was going to be like old times."

Cousins is scheduled to speak with media members after Wednesday's practice, but Head Coach Kevin O'Connell participated in a session Tuesday.

"I told him this morning, you can just tell when he's walking the halls in our building – just the energy and the juice that he brings," O'Connell said. "He was in great shape, moving around today like I expected him to be.

"Mentally, still really sharp," O'Connell added. "I mean, we're quite a few installs in on formations and certain plays, and he was able to jump right back in there and really try to absorb some of the new things we're doing as well as his role, which is a pretty special one in our offense."

O'Connell said the plan this week was to spend some time talking about "some of my thoughts for where we want to go with things."

"I have the ability to communicate with him, as I have throughout the offseason, 'Hey, I'm thinking of doing this; what do you think of this formation?' Or 'Have you ever thought about running this route off this stem? How would you work with K.J. in this combination?' Whatever it may be. Just continuing that dialogue," O'Connell said.

Jefferson said he's ready to chase new team and personal goals this year.

"Also, me being an older guy, going on my fourth year, there's a lot of things I want to accomplish this year, even though I've accomplished so much," Jefferson said. "I'm coming on my vet years in the league, and I just want to help the young guys coming in and just be myself."