Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports – Justin Herbert
1. Justin Herbert broke more rookie records
If you look at the biggest records for both players you would think that Justin Jefferson has the advantage. Jefferson set the rookie receiving yards record, finishing the 2020 season with 1,400 yards. Herbert did not get the all-time rookie passing yards record, falling 39 yards short.
However, let’s not forget the fact that Herbert did not play in Week 1 and if he did he certainly would have set the record. At his pace, Herbert would have broken the record by 251 yards.
That is the only notable record that Jefferson broke. He did not break the rookie touchdown record, finishing with seven touchdowns for the 63rd most by a rookie. His 88 receptions were the fourth-most for a rookie.
Justin Herbert set the record for the most passing touchdowns, the most combined touchdowns, the most multi-touchdown games, the most 300-yard games and finished with the second-best completion percentage by a rookie ever.
Just compared to other rookies at their positions, Herbert was more of a trailblazer than Jefferson. Jefferson broke the receiving yards record by 23 yards in a full 16 games. Herbert, again, would have beaten Luck by 251 yards and would have beaten the passing touchdowns record by 6-7 touchdowns if he started Week 1.
With all of the records set, there is no doubt that Herbert had the best rookie season by a quarterback in league history. However, there has been a better wide receiver season just in the last 10 years!
Jefferson was fantastic, but Odell Beckham Jr was more impressive when he was a rookie. Odell finished with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games. If Odell didn’t have a hamstring injury to start his rookie season then we might not even be having this conversation.