There is a January 4th article in the New York Times titled: "Does the NFL Have a Usain Bolt: Here Are the League's Fastest Players." The link is:
It indicates that Usain Bolt tops out at 27.8 mph. during his world record 100 meter run in shorts and sprinter's spikes on a fast track, but NFL players must wear heavy pads and run on grass, etc.
On offense, Leonard Fournette, at 240 lbs. and with a Combine 40 time of 4.51, hit the top speed for offensive players while being chased on a 90 yard touchdown run, when he ran at 22.02 mph.
On defense, the fastest NFL player was Cowboys safety Byron Jones, who in Week 11 against the Eagles caught Jay Ajayi from behind when Ajayi reached a top speed of 20.41 m.p.h. after breaking free on the long run play. Jones ran 22.11 m.p.h. in pursuit, according to Sportradar.
The most interesting parts to me were the listing of the fastest player at each position (Russell Wilson and Cam Newton at QB, for example) and especially the comparison at the end of the article of the average speed of all the receiving corps of NFL teams. The Rams were first and fastest, the Packers were last, and the Giants were third from last/slowest
. This explains in part the lack of separation we have come to expect when OBJ is not on the field, and our receivers are far from the only G-men position group that lacks speed.
Does the NFL Have a Usain Bolt: Here Are the League's Fastest Players
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