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For Philadelphia Eagles fans, passing up on Justin Jefferson is among the great “what ifs” in recent seasons. For Jefferson, he’s glad he were left with the Minnesota Vikings.
“I’m definitely a lot more pleased to be here than there,” Jefferson told reporters Friday.
Both teams were targeting a receiver in the initial round of the 2020 draft, however the Eagles instead took Jalen Reagor with the No. 21 overall pick. The Vikings took Jefferson at No. 22 after a lot of excitement in the draft room.
Jefferson has emerged among the game’s best players since that time, totaling 196 catches for 3,016 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Then exploded in Week 1 for a league-best 184 receiving yards with two touchdowns contrary to the Green Bay Packers.
Reagor had just 64 catches across 2 yrs with the Eagles before being traded to Minnesota before this year.
Though Jefferson likely could have excelled anywhere predicated on his talent, he’s got thrived since arriving in Minnesota. The numbers might possibly not have been quite as impressive with Philadelphia, which finished last season dead last in pass attempts.
The Eagles will receive a possiblity to see Jefferson close up for the very first time in Monday’s game contrary to the Vikings.