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Is Matt Breida the Fastest Player in the NFL?

New Miami Dolphins running back Matt Breida had some very interesting comments today. When talking to Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post, Breida said that he is the “fastest guy”, in the NFL.

Although his comments may appear a little crazy, Breida does have some ground to stand on. Over the last two seasons, Next Gen Stats has recorded some fast speeds for the former San Francisco 49er.

In 2018, Breida was captured running at a speed of 22.09 miles per hour. In 2019, Breida bested that time on an 83-yard touchdown run that caught him peaking at 22.3 miles per hour in 2019.

Now, I’m all for the confidence. If you are in the NFL you have to have that chip on your shoulder to be successful. That could be true about any sports league, but when it comes to the pros it becomes ever more important. Still, there is no way Breida is the fastest player in the NFL.

Yes the numbers say different, but there are a couple guys that are definitely faster than Breida. I mean, on his TD run Breida HAD to put on the jets to score. For speedsters like Tyreek Hill and 40-yard-dash record holder John Ross, they almost never have to go all out. Them going at 85% speed is faster than half the league.

In fact, the one time when Hill had to go all out was back in 2016 on a kickoff return. On that play, he  was recorded at a speed of 23.24 mph. That is faster than both of the speeds Breida posted in 2018 and 2019.

You can also look at the touchdown from Damien Williams last season. Hill is behind Williams and out of the play. But due some previous conversations between Williams and Hill, the wideout had to prove to his teammate that he was the faster player.

So although Breida has the numbers to back it up, there are definitely players that are more of a home run threat. That’s no slight to Breida (22 mph is HAULING), but I just doubt he actually stacks up to the aforementioned Hill, Ross, and even Las Vegas Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs.

But I guess time will tell. Like Breida said, until someone beats his number he considers himself the fastest player in football. Maybe the 2020 season will force Breida to relinquish his crown.

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– Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)

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