Since entering the NFL, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has emerged as one of the best talents in the league. Thomas’ continued elite production has kept him firmly in the conversation for being arguably the best player at his position. He strengthened that case even further this season behind his career-best campaign that has seen him break numerous NFL records along the way. During Sunday’s win over the Tennesee Titans, Thomas surpassed a pair of Hall of Famers in Randy Moss and Marvin Harrison for some jaw-dropping all-time marks.
Michael Thomas’ rise to stardom
Through his nearly first four seasons in the league, Thomas has been on a historic pace with his production.
The 26-year-old has continued to put up godly numbers at his position that has already seen him become the fastest player to reach 400 career receptions. Thomas has also set the all-time marks with most receptions through the first two years (196) and three years (321), most catches through the first 10 games of a season (94).
He 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. Thomas has stayed on a steady incline with his production with each passing season that has seen him now surpass a pair of Hall of Famers in Week 16 action.
Michael Thomas passes up Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison
Thomas has been an absolute tear in the 2019 campaign that has seen him become the unquestioned top-producing wide receiver in the league.
The Pro Bowler put that on full display in Week 16 action against the Titans as he racked up 12 catches on 17 catches for 136 receiving yards with a touchdown. That helped him push past former Indianapolis great Marvin Harrison for the all-time regular-season receptions mark (144) that he set back in 2002. It marked the 10th time this season that he has surpassed more than 100 receiving yards, the ninth time that he tallied double-digit catches, and seventh game with a touchdown reception.
That also was the third straight game that he posted at least 11 catches, 125 receiving yards, and a touchdown. It wasn’t the only record that Thomas set as he also broke Randy Moss’ all-time record for most receiving yards in his first four seasons (5,396). The Saints’ star wideout has posted north of 1,200 receiving yards in each campaign while combining for nearly 3,000 receiving yards in the last two seasons.
What is most impressive with both of these marks is that they were both achieved with a game left to play in the regular season, which could see him add to these historic numbers.
Michael Thomas’ MVP chances
Throughout the season, there hasn’t been much discussion around Thomas for the MVP award due to several other players putting up worthy campaigns for the award. It also doesn’t help his case that no wide receiver has ever won the honor before in NFL history.
It has become an award that is dominated by quarterbacks, with the running back position being the only anomaly in the situation. That is once again the case as Lamar Jackson is the clear-cut favorite to earn the award behind his breakout campaign. Jackson’s case has been fueled beyond just his stellar production with his arm and legs as the Baltimore Ravens have secured the best record in the league and top spot in the AFC playoff picture.
That is followed by a few other notable quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Deshaun Watson, while the only other position player garnering traction is running back Christian McCaffrey. Although Thomas may not be getting the type of traction in the MVP race that his play deserves, it should diminish the fact that he may have established himself as the best wide receiver in the game.