Well, Randy Moss Is Excited about One Viking.

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The Minnesota Vikings have an unbelievably rich history at wide receiver, thanks to Randy Moss and Cris Carter, just to name a couple of former players.

The trend continued after the 2020 NFL Draft when the Vikings somehow snagged Justin Jefferson from the event, and it only took the LSU alumnus about three games to blossom into an unabashed superstar.

Well, Randy Moss Is Excited about One Viking.

And unsurprisingly, Moss is rather excited about Jefferson’s trajectory, calling out the man’s skillset on the X app Tuesday. Moss tweeted about a Jefferson training camp highlight, “WR TEACHING TAPE…..Great out route and great coverage.the teaching part is top of route cutting the db angle OFF!! Justin Jefferson GREATNESS.”

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Here’s the Moss tweet and Jefferson clip in the flesh:

Moss played for the Vikings from 1998 to 2005, almost single-handedly creating a generation of Vikings fans. He later joined a few other NFL clubs, making the most noise with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from 2007 to 2010 before rejoining the Vikings for a memorable but ill-fated stint.

Randy Moss Is Excited
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The Hall of Famer ranks second all-time in receiving touchdowns behind Jerry Rice. He’s also the NFL’s fourth-leading receiver in league history, trailing only Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, and Terrell Owens. The closest active touchdown suitor to Moss is free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham, who is a mile behind the former Viking. Julio Jones is the closest active player to Moss in receiving yards.

Too, this isn’t the first time a Hall of Fame Viking has heaped praise on Jefferson. In December, Cris Carter joined the Up and Adams show and used the platform to declare Justin Jefferson the best Vikings wide receiver in team history. The former Viking assuredly placed Jefferson’s resume above his own, citing Jefferson’s supreme athletic ability. And he also seemed to endorse Jefferson over Moss, a man widely considered the best Vikings wideout in team history and perhaps league history.

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“I do believe [Justin Jefferson] and Randy Moss are neck-and-neck, but Justin can do so many things at an elite level. It is what it is,” Carter told Kay Adams about eight months ago.

Jefferson has tabulated more receiving yards than any NFLer in history through a player’s first three seasons. He also won the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2022 while chasing Calvin Johnson’s single-season record for most yards in a campaign.

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center during 2023 Mandatory Minicamp. Jefferson won the 2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year award and enters Year 4 as a pro in 2023.

Jefferson’s future in Minnesota is the next order of business, with or without Moss’ impressive tweet. He’s eligible for a gargantuan contract extension as early as now, and Minnesota’s brass has hinted for months that a deal is near. When it materializes, Jefferson will likely become the highest-paid non-quarterback in the sport’s history.

And if Moss is calling out his training camp footage — and Carter calls him the best Vikings receiver in history — Jefferson is worth every penny.


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 McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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