Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones has had one of the best starts to the season that a wide receiver has ever had in NFL history.
The two-time Pro Bowler has had the highest number of receptions by any player in the first three games of a season in NFL history with 34, and is also the first player in NFL history with 135+ receiving yards in each of the first three games of the season.
So far this season, Jones has 34 receptions for 440 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the NFL in catches, receiving yards, first downs (23), and is joint-second in touchdowns. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been really impressed with the wide receiver's performance so far this season to help the team achieve 3-0 status.
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Blank said according to ESPN: "He's doing everything we had hoped he would do and then some. His attitude is unbelievable. And his big-play ability ... the way they keep moving him around. There's so much confusion on how to cover him. He's so physical. He's so strong.
"He's such a great athlete that he can do that -- play all those different positions. So, I couldn't be happier for him."
Personal Best Due?
But how far can he go? He's definitely on the road to having a personal best. Last year was when Jones achieved his highest number of receptions (104) and highest number of receiving yards (1,593) in one season.
However, you have to go back to 2012 for the highest number of touchdowns in one season by the 26-year-old (10), and he's is on the right path to break that record too.
At the moment, Jones is averaging 11 receptions a game, which would break Marvin Harrison's record of 143 receptions for the Indianapolis Colts in 2002. He is also averaging 146 receiving yards a game, and this form would smash Jerry Rice's season record of 1,848 receiving yards for the San Francisco 49ers in 1995.
Yet, Jones is only averaging just over a touchdown a game, which would leave him around two or three touchdowns short of Randy Moss' season touchdown record of 23 from his season with the New England Patriots in 2007.
And it's worth noting too, the last two times the Falcons started a season 3-0, they went to the NFC Championship Game. Maybe they could go one better this year, to the Super Bowl, thanks to the form of a possible record-breaking receiver.
Whatever happens, it's going to be really enjoyable watching Julio Jones play for the Falcons this season.