Michael Thomas has spent only two seasons in New Orleans.

And he's already well on his way to becoming one of the great receivers in Saints history. 

Thomas made six catches in New Orleans' 31-24 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday to finish with 104 receptions this season, breaking Jimmy Graham's franchise record of 99 catches in a single season, set in 2011. 

For Thomas, the mark couldn't be fully appreciated because the Saints ended up on the losing end when Jameis Winston hit Chris Godwin for a 39-yard touchdown with only nine seconds left. 

"It's a blessing to be in that opportunity, to be able to be in this position and get the job done," Thomas said. "As unselfish as this might be, it's an individual stat, it's a goal that I set, but you reach it and you just kind of (move on).  We're trying to win games."

Thomas finished the season with 104 catches for 1,245 yards, and coupled with his incredible rookie year, he now owns two of the top six receiving seasons in Saints history.

He also made NFL history. Thomas's 196 catches in his first two seasons is the most for any receiver in the first two years of his NFL career, breaking the record of 194, set by former LSU star and current Miami Dolphin Jarvis Landry.

"I guess I'll look back and I'll see what I did and see my accomplishments and stuff, but it's kind of hard to have an answer," Thomas said. "At the end of the day, I'm trying to win, and right now, I feel like I need to get more, find more ways to win."

Thomas has exceeded all of the expectations placed on him when New Orleans plucked him out of Ohio State with a second-round pick in the 2016 draft. 

Widely regarded by draft experts as a raw prospect who would need some seasoning before he hit his stride, Thomas has proven that he was far more ready than the Ohio State offense showed. 

The nephew of former Jets and Buccaneers star Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas has spent his time picking up lessons from a range of superstar receivers that includes everybody from Hall of Famers like Cris Carter to current contemporaries like Houston's DeAndre Hopkins. 

Thomas always expected to make an immediate impact.

He knew he was drafted to an offense that could help him make history, and Thomas has made a little history of his own. His brilliant sophomore campaign earned him a Pro Bowl berth, the first for a wide receiver in the Drew Brees-Sean Payton era. 

"I just knew, with a quarterback like Drew Brees behind center, and this offensive firepower, and a guy like Sean Payton, you just want to do what you're asked and catch the ball," Thomas said. "The sky's the limit. See where it takes you."

So far, it's taken Thomas to the top of the heap. 

Most Single-Season Catches in Saints History

Year Player Catches Yards 
2017 Michael Thomas 1031,238
2011 Jimmy Graham 99 1,310 
2007 Marques Colston 98 1,202 
2004Joe Horn 94 1,399 
2000 Joe Horn 94 1,340 
2016 Michael Thomas 92 1,137 

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