In 2012, former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson gave us the greatest single season in terms of receiving yards in NFL history. During that season, Johnson caught 122 balls for 1,964 yards, shattering the previous record of 1,848 receiving yards that Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice had back in 1995.
Since the record was set, the closest a receiver has some to dethroning Johnson was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons when he put up 1,871 yards in 2015. But could a current Detroit Lions receiver give the great Calvin Johnson a run for his money in 2016?
Well, ESPN’s Michael Rothstein has pointed out that Marvin Jones, who is in his first season with the Lions, is off to a red-hot start as he has racked up 482 yards in his first four games, putting him on pace for a whopping 1,928 yards, which would be just 36 yards short of tying Johnson for the all-time mark.
In order for Jones to break Johnson’s NFL record, he would have to average 123.58 yards per game for the remaining 12 games of the season, which seems extremely unlikely, but crazier things have happened.
Jones will have his work cut our for him this coming Sunday when the Lions host the Philadelphia Eagles and their No. 6 ranked pass defense in the NFL.