NFL MVPs have never been awarded to receivers. I cannot find a single one. Is this the year when things change?
It’s always a quarterback who makes great receivers great. It’s likely that the quarterback will garner the most votes – or at least enough to detract from the receiver’s tally.
It takes a receiver to have a historic season, if not one that breaks records. It is imperative that he has a quarterback who prompts more shrugs of indifference than shouts of awe.
Justin Jefferson is Here
After playing for two different offensive coordinators and a defensive-minded head coach, new coach Kevin O’Connell is implementing a Rams-style offense that will make Jefferson Minnesota’s Cooper Kupp.
In the past year, Jefferson had 108 catches and 1,616 receiving yards. It is possible for him to explode in the new offense this year.
If Kirk Cousins is throwing the passes, Jefferson might get more votes. To be seriously considered for MVP, Cousins would need to throw for more than 5,400 yards and 50 touchdowns, or the Vikings would need to be the top seed in the NFC.
This year, Jefferson is more likely to go off statistically, possibly enough to make him the first receiver to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.