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Saints’ Michael Thomas is first player in NFL history with 90-plus receptions in first 10 games of season

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New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas made NFL history on Sunday by recording 90 receptions in his team’s first 10 games of the season. Thomas, 26, surpassed Hall of Fame wideout Marvin Harrison and current peer Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons who were tied with 89 receptions each through their respective team’s first 10 games of prior seasons, per NFL Research on Twitter.

Prior to Sunday’s Saints matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the two-time Pro-Bowl receiver Thomas had 86 receptions through nine games for New Orleans. The Saints’ fourth-year wideout signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension with the NFC South franchise before the start of the 2019 season, which will go into effect next year and could keep the former second-round pick out of Ohio State through the 2024 season.

Harrison was a lifetime Colts receiver known for hooking up with Peyton Manning. The eight-time Pro-Bowl wideout was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

Jones, 30, meanwhile, is on track for a Hall of Fame career, with six Pro-Bowl selections and over 11,500 career receiving yards. The Falcons receiver has led the NFL in receivers yards twice and receptions once.

Thomas led the league last season in receptions with 125 and, obviously, is the NFL’s reception leader through nine games, hence the record-breaking 90-plus receptions through his 10th game on Sunday.

Thomas passed the 1,000-yard single-season plateau last week in his 13 catches, 152-yard effort when the Saints lost in Week 10 to the Atlanta Falcons (Jones’ club).

Thomas is still missing a few accolades in his career, but he’s on the right track to be a very distinguished receiver when he eventually decides to hang up his cleats.