Half of the 2016 NFL regular season is officially in the books, and many media outlets have released their mid-season awards. We're not in the business of declaring MVPs, but we can certainly take a more objective approach. Specifically, which NFL player has run the fastest so far this season.
Thanks to NFL's Next-Gen Stats, we can provide the answer. According to NFL.com, here are the 10 fastest ballcarriers so far this season:
- 22.50 mph, Stefon Diggs
- 22.34 mph, Mike Wallace
- 22.25 mph, Marquise Goodwin
- 22.25 mph, Tevin Coleman
- 22.23 mph, Johnny Holton
- 22.17 mph, Travis Benjamin
- 22.03 mph, Jordan Howard
- 21.97 mph, Isaiah Crowell
- 21.50 mph, Ezekiel Elliott
- 21.46 mph, Mike Gillislee
Many of the players on the list have strong track backgrounds. Goodwin and Benjamin were both track stars at the college level, while Diggs, Wallace, Coleman, Crowell and Elliott were all standout track performers in high school.
For context, only two players clocked a faster speed than Diggs's 22.50 mph during the entire 2015 regular season.
One secret to Diggs's breakneck speed? Yoga. He began integrating it into his routine this past off-season and quickly fell in love with the results. He told ESPN, "[Yoga] just makes your career longer, as far as being flexible and being able to move around a little bit and increase speed, and I like speed."
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