Devin McCourty topped Tyreek Hill for this season’s fastest ball carrier

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Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty intercepted a pass and ran it back for an 84-yard touchdown on Monday night, and in the process he became the fastest ball carrier in the NFL this season.

McCourty reached a top speed of 22.05 miles per hour, according to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, which was the fastest any player has run with the ball in his hands all year.

Unsurprisingly, the previous top speed was recorded by Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, who reached a top speed of 21.95 mph on a 58-yard touchdown catch in Week One, and reached a top speed of 21.78 mph on a 91-yard punt return touchdown in the same game. Until McCourty on Thursday, those were the two fastest runs in the NFL this season.

Hill still has the fastest speed the NFL’s Next Gen Stats have recorded since the league started making player speed publicly available in 2016. Hill’s fastest run came in 2016, when he reached an NFL-best speed of 23.24 mph.

27 responses to “Devin McCourty topped Tyreek Hill for this season’s fastest ball carrier

  1. If you showed me film of the Patriots/Chiefs game from a couple of weeks back, there’s no way I would’ve said that McCourty is faster.

    Having said that, covering a WR reminds me of the old line about Ginger Rogers about doing the same thing as Fred Astaire, but backwards and in high heels…

  2. tylawspick6 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 11:42 am
    how can this be? we have been told the pats d is old and slow

    lol
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    I guess McCourty is the entire Pats D? Oh. There are 10 other guys out there? Ok.

  3. mccourty may be able to get a tiny bit higher top end, but tyreek hill goes from 0 to 22 mph a lot faster than mccourty does. that makes a huge difference. thats coming from a pats fan that is a huge fan of mccourty, and knows and despises hill for his past, but the truth is the truth. hill’s acceleration and ability to turn dbs hips on his cuts was a huge problem for our defense. so was the fact we stopped running the ball vs kc when it was working so nicely. if we cant keep mahomes on the sidelines, im worried he will beat us in the playoffs.

  4. He’s not even the fasted player in the Patriot’s secondary – others (e.g. Jonathan Jones) are faster. They just haven’t had a chance to run with the ball.

  5. 6thsense10 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 11:42 am
    how can this be? we have been told the pats d is old and slow

    lol
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    I guess McCourty is the entire Pats D? Oh. There are 10 other guys out there? Ok.

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    umm, no little guy

    jon jones ran the fastest combine 40 2 year ago

    the joke is on you

    there is straight in line speed type if players and smart players who can play fast

    ne has more of the latter

    chung told him the play was coming

    have a nice day! the jealousy is a delight!

  6. “The Truth says: November 3, 2018 at 11:24 am Wow ! This must make him the best ever.”

    Truth, I would go with Bob Hayes, personally, but the timing mechanisms today are much more efficient. And this is old school. Even so, Hayes was clocked at almost 28 mph in the Tokyo Olympics (according to Guiness Book and their sources) but that was on a track, not the football field. Dude could fly; they didn’t call him Bullet Bob for nothin’.

  7. The McCourtys, @31, are the oldest players on the Pats D, who only have 3 guys over 30(Clayborn is the other one). Another hater theory bereft of facts.

  8. tedmurph says:
    November 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm
    The McCourtys, @31, are the oldest players on the Pats D, who only have 3 guys over 30(Clayborn is the other one). Another hater theory bereft of facts.

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    they would move the goal posts the other way and say they are too young and lack experience if they had an older roster like oakland.

  9. terripet says:
    November 3, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Played the Bills wait till he faces Rodgers in for a long night

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    Your Colts are in for a long few years

  10. NHPats says:
    November 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    terripet says:
    November 3, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Played the Bills wait till he faces Rodgers in for a long night

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    Your Colts are in for a long few years

    THE CURSE OF DEFLATEGATE….will last decades

  11. terripet says:
    November 3, 2018 at 11:18 am
    Played the Bills wait till he faces Rodgers in for a long night
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    And speed has what to do with that?
    This is what patsanoia does to your brain kids, let this be a lesson. Early detection and treatment is key to this mentally debilitating affliction.

  12. chinahand11 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm
    β€œThe Truth says: November 3, 2018 at 11:24 am Wow ! This must make him the best ever.”

    Truth, I would go with Bob Hayes, personally, but the timing mechanisms today are much more efficient. And this is old school. Even so, Hayes was clocked at almost 28 mph in the Tokyo Olympics (according to Guiness Book and their sources) but that was on a track, not the football field. Dude could fly; they didn’t call him Bullet Bob for nothin’.
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    Bob Hayes. Harumph!

    (My boyhood hero was Travis “The Roadrunner” Williams).

  13. “tyreek hill goes from 0 to 22 mph a lot faster than mccourty does”

    Mccourty’s acceleration was the fastest the NFL recorded this season as well, so that is entirely incorrect. The reality is that Hill is probably faster than Mccourty at his peak, but Mccourty is pretty fast in his own right.

  14. “Bob Hayes. Harumph! (My boyhood hero was Travis β€œThe Roadrunner” Williams).”

    Okay Almighty Cabbage, you have a point. I remember Travis. That guy was another burner; they had to game-plan for both of those fellows. ST guys looking at each other when Travis caught the kickoff, DBs chasing Bob. When they broke through you just stood up and hollered “there he goes!” Those were the days.

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