Julio Jones is once again re-writing the franchise record books. In Thursday night’s season-opening matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Alabama Crimson Tide alum notched 10 catches for 169 receiving yards, leading the Atlanta Falcons’ offense in both categories.
In the process, Julio set a new franchise record for 100-yard receiving games with 40 in his career as a Falcon. The record used to belong to his former teammate Roddy White — a career Falcon who had 39 such games.
What’s most impressive about this is just how little time it took Jones to break this record. Thursday’s game against Philadelphia marked his 96th career game (postseason not included), meaning that he’s recorded 100+ receiving yards in 41.6% of his career games.
Conversely, White, who was a four-time Pro Bowler and a former First-Team All-Pro selection, played out 171 career games (all with the Falcons) and recorded 100+ receiving yards in 22.8% of them.
Jones was in especially otherworldly form between 2014-2016 in his venture for this record, going for 100+ yards receiving 25 times in 45 games (55.5% of the time), and totaling 4873 receiving yards in that timespan.
It gets even more impressive
Jones is the best wide receiver in Falcons history, and it seems to only be a matter of time before he chases down many of the major receiving records in this franchise’s history. He’s currently second in Falcons history with 9,223 career receiving yards, trailing White (10863), and he’s fourth in total receiving touchdowns with 43.
Julio already owns the franchise’s single-season records for receptions (136) and receiving yards (1871), setting both of those marks in 2015. In fact, Jones has the four most prolific seasons in team history when it comes to receiving yards (2014-2017).
Jones’ 96.1 receiving yards per game average is not only by far the highest mark in franchise history (Andre Rison is second with 72.2 receiving yards per game), but it’s also the highest mark in NFL history.
The only question now is whether Julio will finish with every single Falcons receiving record, or just most of them.