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Vikings’ Justin Jefferson claps back at DJ Reed after win over Jets

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Veteran NFL cornerback DJ Reed took credit for a rather quiet day by Justin Jefferson’s standards in the Minnesota Vikings’ 27-22 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday, but the star wideout sees it differently.

Kirk Cousins’ 10-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson halfway through the fourth quarter ultimately sealed the Jets’ fate, but New York’s defense held the third-year wide receiver to just 45 yards receiving and just 11 yards rushing. 

Justin Jefferson, #18 of the Minnesota Vikings, fails to catch a pass while defended by D.J. Reed, #4 of the New York Jets, during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 4, 2022 in Minneapolis.
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Reed told reporters in the locker room after the game that if not for that play, he “held my own for sure.” 

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“I was in his s— all game. He got that one route on me so I’m frustrated but I feel like I did a great job containing him. So it’s just frustrating because I don’t want to give up a touchdown – I don’t want to be the reason my team loses.”

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He added, “Other than that I held my own for sure against him.”

Justin Jefferson, #18 of the Minnesota Vikings, catches a touchdown pass while D.J. Reed, #4 of the New York Jets, defends during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 4, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Justin Jefferson, #18 of the Minnesota Vikings, catches a touchdown pass while D.J. Reed, #4 of the New York Jets, defends during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 4, 2022 in Minneapolis.
(Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

However, Jefferson clapped back on Twitter in response to Reed’s comments.

“In what s— … You can’t talk having safety help… call me when yo coach trust you to go 1v1.”

Justin Jefferson, #18 of the Minnesota Vikings, celebrates after a first down catch during the second quarter against the New York Jets at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 4, 2022 in Minneapolis.

Justin Jefferson, #18 of the Minnesota Vikings, celebrates after a first down catch during the second quarter against the New York Jets at U.S. Bank Stadium on Dec. 4, 2022 in Minneapolis.
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When asked about the coverage after the game, head coach Robert Saleh seemed happy with it overall. 

“I thought we did a nice job. I know he got the one touchdown – a really nice route by him, but I felt like we kept his explosives to a minimum, but we just weren’t good enough in the red zone today. That’s on both sides of the ball.”

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Source: Fox News

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