Saints’ Michael Thomas passes Randy Moss for most receiving yards through first four seasons in NFL history
Against the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas passed Randy Moss for the most receiving yards through a player’s first four seasons.
Per NFL Research on Twitter, the 26-year-old has 5,396 receiving yards and counting.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 22, 2019
Thomas, a three-time Pro-Bowler already, was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by New Orleans out of Ohio State. The 6-foot-3 wideout is also on pace to surpass Marvin Harrison’s—another Hall of Famer, like Moss—single-season receptions record, 143. Thomas needs eleven receptions on Sunday entering the game with 133 catches.
The Saints are trying to play spoiler this weekend against the Titans, who are in the playoff hunt alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers in their attempt to secure the second Wild Card spot in the AFC.
Thomas set the Saints’ franchise record for single-season receptions last week in their blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. New Orleans has already clinched the NFC South division title but could potentially move up to the second seed and earn a first-round bye should they finish with a better record than the Green Bay Packers, possibly giving them another week off to rest and study their opponents.
Entering Sunday’s matchup with the Titans, Thomas had 133 receptions for 1,552 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, the first two figures leading the NFL.
There has been soft chatter about Thomas’ MVP viability, although at the moment Baltimore Ravens sophomore quarterback has led the MVP conversation with only two weeks remaining in the regular season. Thomas is the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Month, winning the distinction for November.