It's hard to put into perspective how amazing Julio Jones' 300 yard receiving game against the Carolina Panthers was. His performance is where hot takes are created, and it's super easy to get caught up in the hype and claim that Jones is now the best receiver to ever play the game – deletes Twitter and Instagram posts.
Although it's still too early to tell whether Jones will go down as the greatest receiver to ever play the game of football, we do know that this performance was historic. Similar to Kobe Bean Bryant putting up 82 against the Toronto Raptors, it may not be the all-time total output, but it should still be treated as a rare and amazing performance.
Jones' 300 yards are the fourth most receiving yards in a game in the Super Bowl era, and he is one of two receivers since 1989 to reach the 300-yard receiving mark - former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson recorded 329 yards in 2013. Jones now leads the NFL in receiving yards, a list he's grown accustomed to leading – led the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,871 yards. That game was also the 30th time in his career that Jones has passed the 100-yard receiving mark, only nine behind the franchise record (Roddy White 39) and 30th on the all-time NFL list.
In the first half of the game in week four, The Jet joined a special list with two all-time greats. He recorded his ninth career games with 160 receiving yards, which is the third most in NFL history through a player's first six seasons, only Lance Alworth (12) and Jerry Rice (11) had more. Jones' 96.9 yards per game for his career is also tops on the NFL's all-time career receiving yards per game list.
It remains to be seen whether The Jet will go down as the GOAT wide receiver, but if he keeps up this outstanding output we'll be seeing his bust in Canton, OH.