You could count the number of days Justin Jefferson has caught passes from Vikings quarterbacks on one hand, and he’d still likely come up with two hands worth of highlight-reel catches.
Take a look at what he’s done in just the first week of training camp below:
— Nick Olson (@NickOlsonNFL) August 11, 2020
The first catch is arguably the best as he shows a complete extension to go up and get the ball, then comes back down in stride without missing a step.
Just give him the Rookie of the Year trophy right now pic.twitter.com/4XW3HdVwCP
— Adam Patrick (@Str8_Cash_Homey) August 11, 2020
Jefferson’s highlight reel hit social media and after a bevy of reactions, he responded “I told y’all they magical,” referring to his hands.
I told y’all they magical🤲🏾😂 https://t.co/4FObQQ5iKW
— JJETS✈️ (@JJettas2) August 11, 2020
It didn’t take more than a day before the Vikings social media coined the term for Jefferson after a dazzling one-handed catch.
Magical 👐 pic.twitter.com/pNCEOesW25
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 11, 2020
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Kirk Cousins & Jefferson Need to Get In Sync Soon
The limited footage we’ve seen from Kirk Cousins and Jefferson has been encouraging, but the two have plenty of catching up to do in a little over a month until Week 1 of the regular season.
Due to COVID-19 and the truncated offseason, the Vikings had missed OTAs and minicamps as Cousins’ time with Jefferson and the other pass-catchers has been limited.
Cousins was able to get in a throwing session with Jefferson earlier this summer, though, which he called “one step” of coming alongside the rookie and helping him learn the offense, per Vikings.com.
“But it’s just a small step,” Cousins said. “Then you’ve got to make progress in a unique setting of virtual meetings and now these walk-throughs. Every day, he’s learning something new and getting experience. Just yesterday, there was a unique route we’re asking him to run that he was still trying to figure out, ‘How do you want me to do this? What steps do you want me to take?’ Whether it’s the receivers coach (Andrew Janocko), myself, Coach Kubs, we’re just trying to help him understand what we want, and every day you have another step that you take.”
More Glimpses Into Vikings Training Camp
Media coverage has been limited so far at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn., but the Vikings social media has been actively getting fans in on the action.
Thirty-three days remain until the Vikings face the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 1.
Some important upcoming dates are Aug. 16, when the Vikings and the rest of the NFL will have to trim its roster to 80 players. The Vikings are currently at the 80-man limit, while they’ll have to cut the roster to the final 53-man group by Sept. 5.
Trevor Squire is a Heavy contributor covering the Minnesota Vikings and journalism graduate from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. Connect with him on Twitter @trevordsquire and join our Vikings community at Heavy on Vikings on Facebook.