You've seen the box scores. Now, it's time to go deeper. With NFL.com's Next Gen stats, fans can see the game in a whole new way. Zebra Technologies has outfitted every NFL player with a tracker that collects data like velocity, distance traveled and proximity to opposing players. Every week throughout the 2016 season, STACK provides extra insights into the NFL's most amazing Next Gen stats.
1. Ezekiel Elliott Ran a Third of a Mile With The Rock in His Hands
Ezekiel Elliot had a breakout game for the Dallas Cowboys in their 31-17 win over the Chicago Bears. The electric rookie running back tallied 140 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards, both single-game highs for him. He had to work for those yards, though. Elliott traveled 648.5 yards as a ballcarrier, the most of any running back during Week 3. That equates to more than one-third of a mile.
Zeke's explosiveness allows him to beat opponents to the edge and consistently churn out productive runs. That genesis of his impressive explosiveness goes way back in his days at John Burroughs High School in Missouri. Besides being a standout football player, Elliott was also a track & field star. He once won four state titles in a single day, including one for this incredible performance in the 110 hurdles:
2. Travis Kelce Might Be the Fastest Tight End in the NFL
Travis Kelce snapped during the Kansas City Chiefs' 24-3 victory over the New York Jets. The talented tight end racked up 6 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. But perhaps even more impressively, he racked up the four fastest speeds by tight end ballcarriers during Week 3. Kelce hit a top speed of 18.98 mph:
A 6-foot-5, 260-pound tight end with freakish athleticism, Kelce is a nightmare matchup for most defenses. What makes him so athletic? For one, Kelce makes core strength and stability big priorities. "Your core is like your engine. It triggers everything and gets everything going," Kelce says. "Guys can be as big as they want, but if they're weak in the core, they're not going to be good football players."
3. Terrelle Pryor Channeled His Inner Energizer Bunny
Despite a plethora of injuries, the Cleveland Browns nearly upset the Miami Dolphins on the road. Terrelle Pryor had a lot to do with that.
It might be time to start referring to Terrelle Pryor's position simply as "ATH"—for athlete. He caught eight passes for 144 yards. He carried the ball four times for a total of 21 rushing yards and a touchdown. He lined up at quarterback and completed three of five passes for 35 yards. Heck, he even played a snap at safety in case the Dolphins tried a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. To give him even more reason to be exhausted, Pryor also traveled the farthest of any ball-carrying receiver in Week 3, racking up a total of 377.8 yards.
How did TP manage to keep going strong throughout his performance? The guy trains his butt off. Check out these off-season clips of TP training in a sand pit and running routes in a weighted vest:
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) July 13, 2016
Weighted vest work just keeping feet busy for camp 2 days! pic.twitter.com/7BPxglfp6K
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) July 26, 2016
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