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NFL fans stunned by Vikings WR Justin Jefferson’s All-Pro snub

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The National Football League released its All-Pros roster on Friday with a glaring omission from the first-team roster — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson was relegated to the second team for the second straight season, missing out on the top honor by a single vote. Courtney Cronin, Vikings reporter for ESPN, broke down the selection on Twitter.

“Vikings WR Justin Jefferson is second-team All-Pro for second straight year,” Cronin wrote. “Deebo Samuel (21) of the 49ers beat Jefferson for 3rd receiver spot by a vote. Davante Adams, Cooper Kupp and Samuel are the three first-team All-Pro receivers.”

As it turned out, Jefferson was only slightly edged out by Samuel. The San Francisco 49ers wideout received 21 out of 50 votes from AP sportswriters across the country, while Jefferson was only able to muster 20. Wideout Ja’Marr Chase, Jefferson’s college teammate at Louisiana State University (LSU), received 9 votes after his rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Adams, who set Green Bay Packers franchise records for catches (123) and yards (1,553) in a single season, was selected unanimously with 50 votes out of a possible 50.

Kupp had a career year for the Los Angeles Rams and became only the fourth passcatcher in history to win the NFL’s wide receiver version of the Triple Crown by leading the league in catches (145), yards (1,947), and touchdowns ( 16). He was also elected unanimously.

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Had the case come for first-team All-Pro between Jefferson and Samuel to go it alone, the Vikings would have won the honor of walking away. Jefferson started in all 17 games for Minnesota this season, catching 108 balls for 1,616 yards and 10 TDs, according to the Pro Football Reference.

Samuel started 15 games for the 49ers, appearing in 16 overall, and catching 77 passes for 1,405 yards and 6 TDs. However, Samuel was also frequently used in the Niners’ running game. He was San Francisco’s second-best rusher with 365 yards on 59 carries, which was the third-highest number of tries on the roster, according to CBS Sports. Samuel also found the end zone more often than any of his backfield counterparts, scoring 8 TDs on the floor.

Rounding out his fall, Samuel was 1 for 2, threw the football and completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jauan Jennings in a must-win Week 18 win over the Rams that sent the Niners into the NFC playoffs brought.

Both wideouts clearly earned first-team honors. The strongest argument against Samuel is that he was named an All-Pro wide receiver for his cumulative accomplishments, many of which had nothing to do with running routes or catching the ball. Circumstances suggest the NFL is allowing an additional spot on the team for a so-called Utility Man, who could have gone to Samuel as a three-tool offensive weapon and allowed Jefferson to earn the title of All-Pro as a wide receiver.

Vikings fans and NFL fans alike were puzzled by Jefferson’s absence from the top All-Pro roster and shared their feelings on Twitter on Friday.


Another Twitter user just laid out the stats and thought that said enough.

“Deebo Samuel made the first team an All-Pro over Justin Jefferson.” @ClappedDan wrote. “Jefferson: 108REC 1,616YD 10TD. Deebo: 77 REC 1,405 YD 6 TD.”

Still others got a little more creative and avant-garde with their online objections.

Aaron Nagler, co-founder of CheeseheadTVShe posted a black and white meme of an elderly man looking down despondently subtitle, “I must escape this junkyard of idiotic trivia once and for all.”

Finally, there were just sports news outlets tweeting the facts.

“List of players in NFL history with 3,000 yards in first two seasons: Justin Jefferson”, CBS Sports HQ wrote. “END. OF. PERFORM.”

Jefferson will have a chance to earn the honor again in 2022 under a new regime after former Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and former head coach Mike Zimmer each fell a day after ending a disappointing 8-9 season in Minnesota were fired.

Jefferson may also be working with a new quarterback as rumors that QB Kirk Cousins ​​could be headed via the trade market continue to gather momentum.

Another Twitter user just laid out the stats and thought that said enough.

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