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Justin Jefferson Stirs Debate Over NFL's Best Wide Receiver

Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson is taking aim at Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams.

As every team in the NFL gears up for the 2022 season with training camps underway, a few players have gotten pretty vocal about a debate that doesn't have a definitive answer.

Although the G.O.A.T. debate will rage on forever with Tom Brady ahead of the pack with seven Super Bowl titles to his credit, the talk of the league heading into the 2022 campaign is who is the best wide receiver in the league right now.

Over the past few years, this hasn't been much of a debate, with many simply going with Davante Adams. During his time catching passes from future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Adams cemented himself as arguably the best wideout in the NFL, but now that he's with the Las Vegas Raiders, some have started to change their tune, namely his peers.

Perhaps the loudest voice in the wide receiver ranks during the NFL offseason has been Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings. Jefferson has quickly made a name for himself in Minnesota as an elite pass catcher, with the ability to be in the conversation with Adams potentially.

Heading into his third year in the league, Jefferson believes he needs one more season to pass Adams as the NFL's best wideout, as he told Chris Tomasson of Pioneer Press.

“Just because all that Davante Adams has done,” he said. “I’m just showing my respect for him but agree that after the year I’ll pass him.”

However, Jefferson has only been in the league for two seasons. The LSU product has a long way to go in establishing himself as the best of the best in the consistency category, even though he put up solid numbers in back-to-back seasons with the Vikings racking up 3,016 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns on 196 receptions.

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The 23-year-old Jefferson recently took a shot at Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams. Kupp is coming off a historic season in L.A., where he put up some incredible numbers in his first year as an All-Pro, catching passes from Matthew Stafford.

Kupp broke the record for yards from scrimmage for a wide receiver last season with 1,965. He also was the league leader in receiving yards (1,947), touchdowns (16) and receptions (145).

Despite these eye-popping stats from Kupp, Jefferson thinks he's better than the Rams star wide receiver, via Tomasson.

“Coop is good, but I’ll say he’s behind me,” Jefferson said.

Bold statements, to say the least, from a young wideout that has played 33 games in his professional career without a playoff appearance. There's no doubt the Vikings' up-and-comer is well on his way to superstardom, but he might want to pump the breaks before putting himself ahead of two proven wide receivers that produce year in and year out on title-contending teams.

Although Jefferson may regret these comments a year from now, vocal wide receivers with unwavering confidence always make for interesting storylines and matchups. He'll be in the must-watch category for wide receivers this season, as everyone will be looking to see if he can live up to the hype and added pressure he's put on himself.