Saints’ Michael Thomas breaks Marvin Harrison’s NFL record for most receptions in single season
Michael Thomas came into Sunday with his sights set on breaking a certain NFL record and he achieved that on Sunday for the New Orleans Saints. After a catch in the fourth quarter, Thomas broke Marvin Harrison’s NFL record for most receptions in a single season.
That’s the record-breaker. Michael Thomas makes his 144th reception, a new single-season record!
— NFL (@NFL) December 22, 2019
As he typically does, Thomas was able to create some space and give Drew Brees an easy throw to make. The talented wideout was able to get the ball down to the one-yard line before he was taken to the ground.
Nevertheless, he was able to find the end zone just two plays later. Following Sunday’s performance, Thomas now has 145 receptions for 1,688 yards and nine touchdowns thus far.
With those numbers, Thomas was able to surpass Harrison’s single-season record for receptions. Harrison first set the record in 2002 when he was able to haul in 143 passes from Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts.
Along with the illustrious record, Thomas has put together a mighty impressive start to his career. In his first four seasons, the former second-round pick has three straight seasons of 100 receptions, 1,000 yards, and five touchdowns.
If it weren’t for Lamar Jackson, Thomas would probably be gaining more traction as a candidate for the NFL’s MVP Award. Even if he won’t get the award, the Saints’ No. 1 wide receiver is deserving of some praise for how he’s performed in 2019.
Besides the single-season receptions record, Thomas passed Randy Moss for the most receiving yards in his first four seasons. In just four seasons, Thomas is already beginning to have his name mentioned with the all-time greats.