Former LSU WR Justin Jefferson sets NFL record for receiving yards by a rookie

Former LSU WR Justin Jefferson sets NFL record for receiving yards by a rookie
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) makes a reception in the second half against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) (Source: Rick Osentoski)

DETROIT (WAFB) - Former LSU star wide receiver Justin Jefferson set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Jan. 3.

In the final game of the 2020 regular season Jefferson put his name in the record books by first breaking Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss record for most receiving yards by a rookie.

Then, Jefferson passed another record by surpassing Anquan Boldin’s mark for most receiving yards (1,377) by a rookie in NFL history. Jefferson also moved past former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. on Sunday as well. Beckham Jr. had 1,305 yards with New York Giants as a rookie in 2014.

Jefferson holds the record for most receptions by a rookie receiver in Vikings history, a record previously held by Moss who finished the 1998 season with 69 catches. Entering Sunday’s game Jefferson already caught 79 passes.

The franchise record for most 100-yard receiving games by a rookie of seven is also held by Jefferson. The former LSU star was the fifth receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and was taken by the Vikings at No. 22.

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