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Saints' Michael Thomas sets receiving record for first 2 seasons

TAMPA, Fla. -- Although the New Orleans Saints' rookie class has dominated the headlines this year, it was one of their 2016 draft picks who made NFL history on Sunday.

Saints receiver Michael Thomas set a league record with 196 catches in his first two NFL seasons -- passing the mark of 194 set by Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry from 2014 to 2015.

Thomas tied Landry by catching his 102nd pass of this season in the fourth quarter of the Saints' 31-24 loss at Tampa Bay.

Thomas also set a Saints franchise record with 104 catches in a single season, breaking tight end Jimmy Graham's previous mark of 99 catches in 2011.

Thomas, a second-round draft pick out of Ohio State, had 92 catches as a rookie last season.

He was selected to his first Pro Bowl this year after clearly establishing himself as a go-to guy for Drew Brees.

Despite their loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday, the Saints clinched the NFC South.

Some other Saints milestones of note Sunday:

  • Alvin Kamara joined Gale Sayers as the only two rookies in NFL history with at least five rushing TDs, five receiving TDs and a kickoff return TD with his 106-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. It was the longest kickoff return in Saints history.

  • Kamara and running back Mark Ingram became the first pair of running backs to both gain 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season.

  • Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan set a personal best with 13 sacks -- and earned a $250,000 escalator in his 2018 salary in the process.