Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell addresses Minnesota offense without Justin Jefferson following injury blow

Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell addressed Minnesota’s offense without Justin Jefferson following injury

The Minnesota Vikings plan to place wide receiver Justin Jefferson on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Vikings’ 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Jefferson will have to miss at least four games while on IR.

With Jefferson sidelined, Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell is looking to adjust his offense without the league’s best scorer. During an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, O’Connell talked about some of the changes coming in the coming weeks.

“We actually had to change the way we game-planned when Justin was around because of the way the offense worked,” O’Connell said. “You think you’re going to get all this news that’s come out, then we go to the game and we get a JJ show. That’s something that we really had to develop over these 25-plus games and really study it closely to predict how to take it out and how it might affect people.

 

“Knowing that we might not have it here, we have to change the way we look at things,” O’Connell said. “We had to go back to make sure we had the sound coming out versus the look we thought we were going to have. Even with the loss of the best player in football, we’re still excited about Jordan Addison, K.J. Osborne played extremely consistently, T.J. Hockenson, there’s a reason he’s here. We will continue to build things across all points.

Justin Jefferson has played a key role in the Vikings’ offense, recording the second-most passing yards per game through five weeks. Jefferson also led the NFL in receiving yards four weeks before his injury. When O’Connell sought to use other weapons like C.J. Ham and Brandon Powell, it won’t be easy to keep the offense at its peak without Jefferson.

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