Julio Jones was simply a man amongst boys for the Atlanta Falcons for a decade or so. He constantly put up ridiculous numbers and was (or is) simply one of the best wide receivers in the history of the NFL.
Now, another receiver who is pretty good himself will be looking to break a record that Julio Jones set back in 2015.
Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill is close to breaking an NFL record set by Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones
Let’s go all the way back to the 2015 season for the Atlanta Falcons, it was the first year under head coach Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. One thing Shanahan wanted to do was get the ball to the great Julio Jones, and that he did.
In week ten, in a loss to the Colts, Julio Jones caught nine passes for a total of 160 yards, just another day for the future Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Those 160 yards put him at 1,189 receiving yards on the season, again, in ten games which was an NFL record.
Now, we are in 2022, it is Tyreek Hill’s first season with the Miami Dolphins, and he is threatening to break the record against the Cleveland Browns. Right now, Hill has 1,104 receiving yards, meaning he needs just 86 yards to break Jones’ mark.
Coincidentally, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel was the Falcons’ offensive assistant back in 2015, so you know he is going to stress getting the ball right in Tyreek Hill’s hands. It would be shocking if he doesn’t end up with the most receiving yards through the first ten games of a season.
Many even think that he could become the first 2,000-yard receiver in NFL history. Personally, I think it is unlikely that he will be able to put up 2k yards because they only have eight games remaining — including today’s against Cleveland — and they play some pretty good defenses.
Anyways, the ten-game receiving record will be within reach today, so keep your eye on him to see if he jumps Julio Jones in the history books.