Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson held a vendetta against every team that passed on him in the 2020 draft — especially the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles, looking for a wide receiver with the 21st overall pick passed on Jefferson, who was later the sixth-wide receiver taken in the draft by the Vikings just a pick later.

Philadelphia’s draft blunder is still a sore spot in the Eagles fan base. Jefferson stoked those flames with a recent comment he made ahead of a primetime Monday Night Football matchup in Philadelphia.

Justin Jefferson Says He’s Happier With Vikings Instead of Eagles

In a September 16 press conference, Jefferson addressed his feelings in hindsight since the Eagles passed on him.

“Every mock draft had me going to Philly, so when Philly was on the board, getting the phone call, and it being Minnesota, it was definitely a shock. But I’m definitely happy — way happier — to be here than there,” Jefferson said.

Jefferson hasn’t had the opportunity to face the Eagles yet in his career and said “I’m excited for it. I can’t wait.”

Justin Jefferson Caused a ‘Rift’ in Eagles Organization

After Jefferson landed in Minnesota, he made a promise to every team that didn’t believe in him back in 2020.

“Every single person that picked a receiver instead of me are going to pay,” Jefferson said in 2020 on The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio. “I’m going to show them that I am the better receiver.”

The Eagles, who selected Jalen Reagor over Jefferson, didn’t see the same payoff from their first-round wide receiver that the Vikings did. Reagor, struggling through injury, posted 31 receptions for 396 yards and a touchdown, while Jefferson broke the rookie receiving yards record with 88 receptions for 1,400 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

NFL insider John Clayton reported an “internal rift” inside the Eagles organization, saying some wanted to draft Jefferson over Reagor.

“They’ve done a terrible job as far as drafting wide receivers,” Clayton said in December 2020. “I was even hearing last week that there’s been internal rifts about drafting Jefferson versus Reagor with some wanting Jefferson, and Jefferson being one of the best rookies in the league this year and Reagor just starting to come around but not doing well.”

Philadelphia eventually cast out Reagor, ironically trading him to Minnesota in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


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