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 5 produced some incredibly impressive data, and many of the players behind those numbers were STACK athletes. Let’s take a look at who popped off the spreadsheet and tell you about the workouts behind their performance.
All data courtesy of NFL.com.
1. Mach 5 Mariota
Though the Tennessee Titans have struggled to a 1-3 start, Marcus Mariota has been pretty darn good. Through four games, he’s thrown eight touchdowns and just three interceptions, accumulating a passer rating of 99.7.
A big story from Week 5 was the emergence of Mariota’s rushing ability. Through his first three NFL games, Mariota only had five rushing attempts for 25 yards—a far cry from his senior year at Oregon, when he racked up 770 yards and 15 touchdowns with his feet.
But in Week 5 (Mariota’s fourth game, since the Titans had an early-season bye), the rookie QB picked up 47 rushing yards on 5 attempts. Mariota looked lightning-quick, reaching an astounding top speed of 21.72 mph.
To put that into perspective, Adrian Peterson’s top foot speed for the season is 21.89 mph—just .17 mph faster. A quarterback who can run like AP? Yeah, we think Mariota is going to be just fine. His speed is the product of superior core strength and efficient running mechanics. To develop your dual-threat QB skills, check out Marcus Mariota’s full workout, which includes exercises like Resisted Backpedals and Falling Starts.
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2. Run, Russell, Run
Russell Wilson covered some serious ground in the Seahawks’ narrow overtime loss to the Bengals in Week 5. Cincinnati’s defense has been vicious this year. They rank 6th in sacks. Wilson was constantly dodging defenders and frequently bought himself time by getting outside the pocket.
Wilson covered a distance of 14.33 yards per play—second among quarterbacks in Week 5. A big reason behind his ability to run around all day is the attention he pays to pre-game nutrition. Wilson hydrates and fuels up with carbohydrates to keep himself going strong through the final whistle.
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3. The Cardinals Fly Around the Field
The Arizona Cardinals defense tormented the Detroit Lions in their 42-17 Week 5 victory, notching four interceptions and forcing three fumbles. But it didn’t come easy. All of the Cardinals’ starting DBs covered at least 1,929 yards, a distance equivalent to 1.10 miles. In terms of combined total distance, no defensive backfield covered more ground.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson had a lot to do with that. He was shadowing Calvin Johnson for most of the game, and he did a great job, helping to limit Megatron to five receptions for 67 yards and no touchdowns while also hauling in an interception.
Pat Pete is a workout beast. He builds his great acceleration and agility by performing drills like Uphill Speed Ladders and Figure-8 Speed Turns.
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