During the New Orleans Saints game with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had nine receptions for 105 yards to lead the Saints receiving corps.

While that isn’t anything new, a six-yard pass from Saints quarterback Taysom Hill in the third quarter was the 500th career reception for Thomas, in just his 69th game in the NFL – setting a new record.

Thomas entered this week needing seven catches to hit 500 for his career, and his hitting the mark at this point in his career shatters the previous record set by Falcons receiver Julio Jones and former Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin, both of whom made their 500th catch in their 80th game.

With an NFL record 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019, the former Ohio State standout was named the AP Offensive Player of the Year for the 2019 season. He was the first wide receiver to win the award since 1993 when San Fransisco 49ers Hall of Famer Jerry Rice earned the honor.

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