Only three NFL players have caught more than 70 passes this season. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has caught 104.
Only three players have amassed 1,000 receiving yards. Thomas has 1,242.
Among qualified receivers, only Thomas and Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks have caught more than 80 percent of the passes thrown their way. But the former has 41 more receptions than the latter.
Thomas has undoubtedly emerged as the most productive pass-catcher in the game, but the 26-year-old is putting together a season that could go down in history.
On Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, he became the first player in league history to catch more than 100 passes 11 games into a season. And he’s just 60 yards behind Julio Jones’ modern record for most receiving yards at the 11-game mark.
He’s on pace to become the first player ever with 150 catches in a season (only one has caught 140) and just the fifth to go over the 1,800-yard plateau.
And he’s done so despite a lack of stability and consistency at the quarterback position.
You couldn’t be faulted for chalking up some of Thomas’ success in 2016, 2017 and 2018 to the fact that Drew Brees was throwing him passes. Brees was the league’s most accurate and highest-rated passer during that span, and he didn’t miss a game due to injury (he rested for the team’s final regular-season game last year).