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Michael Thomas Joins Antonio Brown in the Record Books, is Jerry Rice Next?

Since entering the league, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has emerged as one of the top players at his position in the league. Thomas has been one of the most productive talents that has seen him continue to rack up impressive NFL records along the way. The Pro Bowler has added yet another remarkable feat to his resume as he put himself in exclusive league history alongside Antonio Brown and potential next to Jerry Rice down the line.

Michael Thomas’ historic start to NFL career

It didn’t take long for the Ohio State product to make an impact in the NFL, quickly becoming Drew Brees’ favorite target in the passing game.

That has led to Thomas putting up monster numbers along the way through his first three-plus campaigns as he has set several other NFL marks. He is the fastest to reach 400 career receptions in just 56 regular-season games and holds the all-time mark for most catches through his first four seasons.

Thomas is also the fourth player in league history to tally four straight 1,000 receiving yard seasons while reaching more than 90 receptions every year. His production continues to trend upward with each passing season as he’s on pace to blow past the rest of the field by potentially breaking Marvin Harrison’s all-time single-season reception mark.

The 26-year-old has now added another incredible feat to his resume in Week 12 action against the Carolina Panthers.

Michael Thomas joins Antonio Brown

The tremendous amount of production that Thomas has progressively put forth has continued to put him in rare air in NFL history.

The Pro Bowler stayed at his hectic pace in Week 12 against the Panthers as a strong first quarter where he had six catches put him alongside Brown with the longest active streak of at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

It also made him the first Saints player to reach that mark in three straight years. What is also remarkable about his production is that Thomas was also the first player in team history to notch 100 receptions in a single season.

His stellar production has continued to prove to the Saints that he was well worth the five-year, $100 million extension that he inked back in late July. Thomas has established himself as arguably the game’s best wide receiver, and his evergrowing list of NFL records has only further strengthened his case for that mantel in today’s game.

Michael Thomas set to join Jerry Rice?

Through this point in the 2019 regular season, the conversation around the MVP award has continued to ramp up.

Thomas’ name may not be the first few mentioned as a serious candidate for the honor, but he has undoubtedly earned a place in the discussion. That notion alone could make it extremely difficult to surpass the likes of Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, and Christian McCaffrey.

However, Thomas could have a realistic shot at earning the Offensive Player of the Year award. It’s an accolade that Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was the last wide receiver to win it back in the 1993 campaign, behind 98 catches with NFL-best marks of 1,503 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns along with three rushes for 69 yards and a touchdown. It also saw Rice finish third in the MVP voting that season.

The Offensive Player of the Year award has often become associated with the MVP award. Still, Thomas’ production has moved far ahead as the most productive in the league at his position. If he continues on this torrid pace that could see him add several more records, it will be quite difficult to deny him the award.