Justin Jefferson Nov 24, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) makes a touchdown catch during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson is a superstar. Anyone who has seen him play since the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 2020 — or even at LSU before — would attest to that. But Jefferson isn’t just about highlight-reel plays. He’s perfectly capable of making them, but the third-year receiver isn’t a one-trick pony. Jefferson’s brilliance is consistent. That allows him to put up unprecedented stats for a player at this point of his career.

In the second quarter of Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots, Jefferson hauled in a 37-yard pass from Kirk Cousins. On its own, the catch was spectacular.

That catch gave Jefferson 4,163 career receiving yards. That’s the most that any receiver in the history of the NFL has had over his first three seasons. The record was previously held by another Vikings great — Randy Moss — who had 4,163 yards from 1998-2000.

Moss accrued those yards over 48 games. Jefferson, meanwhile, surpassed Moss in just his 44th NFL game.

When the news of his record-setting performance came down, Jefferson was lauded for making history and for being a virtually unstoppable player, in general.

Jefferson finished the first half of Thursday night’s game against the Patriots with six receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.

[Vikings Communications on Twitter]

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