The NFL has gone high-tech. New for the 2015 season, every player has a tracker embedded in his shoulder pads that collects data like velocity, distance traveled and proximity to opposing players. Zebra Technologies is the company behind the tech, and the insights they provide are letting fans see the game in a whole new light.
Week 14 produced more impressive data, and many of the players behind the numbers were STACK athletes. Let's take a look at who popped off the spreadsheet and tell you about the workouts behind their performance.
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1. La'el Collins is From Another Dimension
Dallas Cowboys rookie guard La'el Collins is a mountain of a man, measuring 6-foot-4, 322 pounds. As such, he has no business moving fast. That's just how it works—if you're built like a bulldozer you can't run like a cheetah. Well, the basic rules of physics don't seem to apply to Collins.
On a run play during the Cowboys' Week 14 matchup against the Packers, Collins pulled to his left, quickly built up a head of steam and flattened Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Then, barely slowing down, he pulled ahead of Darren McFadden (you know, his running back) to serve as his lead blocker.
In the Box Score it goes down as a 45-yard run for McFadden, but the insane mix of speed and power Collins displayed is the real story. He reached a ridiculous top speed of 18.25 mph on the play, the fastest of any offensive lineman in Week 14. To give you some perspective, Eddie Lacey eclipsed 18.25 mph in just one game this season. Collins is a prime example that speed kills no matter what position you play.
2. Ted Ginn, Jr. Isn't Slowing Down Soon
Experiencing a career resurgence in Carolina, Ted Ginn, Jr. has developed into one of Cam Newton's favorite targets. Ginn's insane speed makes him a dangerous deep threat capable of picking up big yardage on any given play. His average yards-per-catch of 17.4 ranks sixth in the league among qualified receivers. Ginn's explosiveness was on display again in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Falcons, as he racked up 120 yards and two touchdowns on just two receptions. In Week 14, Ginn recorded the top two speeds on touchdowns, clocking speeds of 22.44 mph and 21.70 mph.
Make no mistake about it—Ginn's supersonic speed is a result of his intense training. He hones his athleticism with drills like Explosive Starts and Build-Ups.
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3. Calais Campbell Shut Down Adrian Peterson
The Arizona Cardinals are ripping through the league on a seven-game winning streak, including a big 23-20 victory over the Vikings in Week 14. Calais Campbell had a monster game, racking up three tackles-for-loss, one sack and a crucial fumble recovery. Campbell played a big role in limiting the Vikings rushing attack. Adrian Peterson was held to 69 yards on 23 carries. Peterson had a tough time finding space, and his top speed in Week 14 was just 14.79 mph.
Campbell's stellar blend of power and speed wouldn't be possible without his dedication to nutrition. Campbell relies on whole grains to give him long-lasting energy, and he stays away from fast food that can slow him down.
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