With a big game on Sunday, Atlanta’s Julio Jones could put the finishing touches on the greatest statistical season for a wide receiver in NFL history.
Jones currently leads the league in catches with 127 and yards with 1,722. The NFL record for catches is 143, set by Marvin Harrison in 2002, and the NFL record for receiving yards is 1,964, set by Calvin Johnson in 2012.
So if Jones has 17 catches for 243 yards on Sunday, he’ll break both NFL records. That, of course, is a tall order. Jones’s career high for catches in a game is 13, and his career high in yards is 259.
But if there’s a game Jones could do it in, it’s Sunday against the Saints. The Falcons are eliminated from playoff contention, so there’s no reason they can’t make an extra effort to throw it to Jones even when he’s double covered, and the Saints have the worst pass defense in NFL history. If Jones doesn’t break the records on Sunday, he should at least move into second place in NFL history in both categories: He’s just two catches and 126 yards out of second place in both categories.
Jones and Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, who’s second in the NFL with 123 catches for 1,647 yards, are having two of the best seasons any NFL receiver has ever had. And they’ve still got another week to go.