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NFL players are fast, as it turns out

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Unsurprisingly, Marquise Goodwin is among the fastest of them.

I honestly don’t know to what extent teams pay attention to some of the more advanced metrics they collect on players throughout the season, but it’s always fascinating to see the things that come along as technology progresses. Specifically, the chips that track a player’s top speed during games is something that has interested me, even if the data itself isn’t THAT valuable.

So big ups to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, who brought to my attention some of the speed stats and how they relate to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.

Unsurprisingly, Goodwin ranks highly in raw speed numbers, and reached the highest speed of any wide receiver running an offensive play this past season. He reached a speed of 21.68 mph during the Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals. In that game, Goodwin caught a 55-yard pass from C.J. Beathard over Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.

But as Barrows notes, it’s not the overall fastest a receiver has gone. Ricardo Louis of the Cleveland Browns reached 21.88 mph while running down a Houston Texans cornerback following, fittingly, an interception.

At other positions: Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (22.05 mph), Los Angeles Rams running back (21.98 mph), and New England Patriots cornerbacks Malcom Butler (22.07 mph) and Johnson Bademosi (21.71 mph) all clocked in a higher top speed than Goodwin.

It’s interesting, given some of those players aren’t necessarily known as the fastest players in the league, but a lot of things happen when a player builds up a head of steam and gets the adrenaline pumping. The speed numbers comes from Sportradar, again, via Barrows.