Jefferson has showed respect to Davante Adams by calling him the best wide receiver in the NFL, but warned Adams that he is ready to replace him as the NFL's top wideout. Jefferson, who has earned All-Pro nods in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, had 108 receptions last year for 1,616 yards - the second most in the NFL.
Jefferson finished ahead of Adams and he thinks he will replace Adams as the best wide receiver after the 2022 season. "I'll say after this year I'll be the best receiver in the NFL," Jefferson told Complex.
"I definitely have to give it to Davante Adams as of now, him being so crazy and dynamic on the field. His route running is crazy, so I definitely have to give it to him right now, but I'm pretty sure after this year, it's going to be me."
Jefferson on his strong start to his NFL career
In 2020, Jefferson set the record for the most receiving yards for a rookie (1,400) - last season that record was broken by Ja'Marr Chase. After his first two seasons, Jefferson has 3,016 receiving yards.
No player in NFL history has had more receiving yards through his first two seasons in the NFL. The Vikings have a new coach, Kevin O'Connell, and Jefferson is optimistic his numbers will even increase in 2022. "It's not normal for people to get that many yards consistently, back-to-back like that," Jefferson said.
"Really just working on my weaknesses that I felt that I had throughout the season, always working on my game. I'm always working on route running, always can work on catching the ball, so just trying to better my craft at all of those different categories.
And with this new offense with Coach O'Connell, all of us are excited about this new playbook and hopefully we have a better season this year."