Justin Jefferson’s Absence from OTAs Should Be Expected

about justin jeffersonJan 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up wearing a shirt honoring Buffalo Bills Safety Damar Hamlin (3) before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

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January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) warms up wearing a shirt honoring Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the Minnesota Vikings players are there, but Justin Jefferson is not.

This is one of the many team activities conducted by the Vikings over the past week and now, as the team prepares for the 2023 season.

Justin Jefferson’s absence from the OTAs should be expected

Minnesota started 2022 with a 13–4 record, largely due to Jefferson’s emergence as the best wide receiver in the game and his Offensive Player of the Year award.

November 6, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) runs after a catch against the Washington Commanders during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports.

And while Jefferson’s absence from the OTAs may cause heartburn for some, maneuvering should be expected from the young playmaker, not lament. This is the time—here and now—for man to secure his future forever. He would soon receive a contract that would turn the public eye and reshape the NFL’s WR market.

In fact, if he participates in the OTA, it can be regarded as foolish. As the ink dried on his expanses, Jefferson would be armed with a fat pile of guaranteed money and set for life if he managed his budget properly. Until then, though, he’s wise to wait it out.

January 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on during warmups prior to the Wild Card game against the New York Giants at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Head Coach Kevin O’Connell said tuesday Regarding Jefferson and the OTA, “For me, I hope to see him as soon as possible. I think our partnership between the whole team has been so good that we’re getting a good job. Obviously, keeping him here Would love to but I think as we work towards minicamp we’ll have a real neat plan of what it’s going to look like. Hopefully he gets some work and I know a lot of people love him Will be excited to see.

Vikings minicamp begins June 13.

O’Connell said, “It’s one of the things we’ve had a great conversation about throughout the offseason, a lot of it will be between Justin and I. When he decides to come up, he’ll be here.” Will come and I know his teammates will be excited about it.

December 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) celebrates a win against the Indianapolis Colts after the game at US Bank Stadium. With the win, the Minnesota Vikings captured the NFC North. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The risk for Jefferson is freak injury. If he walks onto the OTA field in ‘good faith’ and pops his knee, his value will drop immediately, and the Vikings front office can, in theory, ‘wait and see’ how the injury recovery goes. . It would be a bad deed for everyone, and especially for Jefferson.

Overall, this is how it works. Stars get paid. Jefferson is that. And while he famously said he was “not fond of money” last summer, he deftly became fond of it in a year’s time.

Jefferson will get his extension – probably very soon – and O’Connell’s words will come to life. Everyone wins – the Jeffersons, the Vikings, and the fans of the team.


dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday roan sau And Sal Masala, His Vikings passion dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds and The Doors (band).

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