6 NFL Players We Want To See In The Playoffs Next Year

<6 NFL Players We Want To See In The Playoffs Next Year>

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Life is good for the top five wideouts of the season as they and their teams prepare for the playoffs.

Well, except for one of them.

Minnesota's Justin Jefferson was statistically the fourth-best wideout in the league, behind Cooper Kupp, Deebo Samuel and Ja'Marr Chase and ahead of Davante Adams.

Unlike the Rams, 49ers, Bengals and Packers, however, the Vikings won't be continuing on to the postseason. For all his talent, Jefferson will be watching from the couch.

At 8-9, the Vikings were an average team in an average division. As a result, the team relieved coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman of their duties. Of his myriad failings this season, one of Zimmer's biggest was his failure to maximize Jefferson's talent and help him put together a record-breaking campaign.

In the final quarter of the team's final game of the season, Jefferson needed just 16 receiving yards to tie Randy Moss' single-season franchise record (1,632). He didn't get the chance.

What Jefferson did do in 2021, however, was become Kirk Cousins' go-to weapon if he wasn't already, seeing 167 targets and averaging 15 yards per reception. He found the end zone 10 times, tied with teammate Adam Thielen, who got more looks in the red zone.

It's hard to start talking about Minnesota's 2022 playoff chances when we don't know who will be calling the plays. But Jefferson, who's likely under contract through 2024, is a proven star, and he's dynamic enough to lead this offense to nine-plus wins in a bad division (that might also see archrival Green Bay lose Aaron Rodgers this offseason).

Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2952393-6-nfl-players-we-want-to-see-in-the-playoffs-next-year

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