An NFL record currently held by Megatron could be in jeopardy with the newly expanded 17-game season.
Legendary Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson holds the record for the most receiving yards in a regular season — 1,964 yards in 2012. In fact, he’s the only player to record 1,900 yards in a single season.
CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr explains that while that record is clearly extremely hard to beat in a 16-game season, as no one has done it in almost a decade, the new 17-game schedule could give them a chance.
On Tuesday, NFL owners officially approved the extension for the 2021 year and going forward.
The closest a player came to breaking Johnson’s record was Julio Jones in 2015 when he reached 1,871 yards, writes Kerr. The second-closest was Michael Thomas at 1,725 yards in 2019.
Read the rest of the records in danger of being shattered with the new schedule here.
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