Raheem Mostert was the fastest ball carrier of the 2020 season

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San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert missed half the 2020 season with an ankle injury, but when he was healthy, he showed off his home run ability.

Specifically, according to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Mostert was the single fastest ball carrier in the NFL in 2020 when he reached a top speed of 23.09 mph on a touchdown run against the Jets. Mostert was also the second-fastest ball carrier when he hit 22.73 mph on another play.

This is the third consecutive year that a 49ers running back has been the fastest ball carrier in the league; Matt Breida was the fastest ball carrier in both 2018 and 2019. That says something both about the 49ers prioritizing speed in their personnel evaluation of running backs, and about how well Kyle Shanahan’s offense gets running backs into the open field.

Rounding out the Top 5 fastest ball carriers of 2020 were Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake at 22.11 mph, Colts running back Jonathan Taylor at 22.05 mph and Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill at 21.91 mph.

24 responses to “Raheem Mostert was the fastest ball carrier of the 2020 season

  1. Even faster to the medical tent: 1 healthy year in a 6yr career, if he ever has a 2nd let us know.

  2. Mostert is also probably the best surfer in NFL. He was offered a pro surfing contract when he was a teenager.

  3. Raheem Mostert came to the league in 2015, where he sat on many different practice squads. He never got a real chance to play until 2018 with the Niners. He didn’t get more than 30 carries until SHanahan decided to really use him in 2019, when he exploded and helped them get to the Super Bowl.

    Class act.

  4. Shanahan has been with the 49ers four years, and has one winning season. It’s the one year he’s had good QB play, and a QB who stayed healthy. They actually made it to the super bowl and almost won. He’s as good a coach as there is. He’s had fast RB’s all four years, including the 3 when they were well below .500. It’s a QB league. Yawn.

  5. As a Cards fan who watches all the games I can tell you that Drake is faster than people think…..

  6. With this information, I expect madden to rate Mostert around an 89 in speed while Hill gets the usual 99…

  7. As a Cards fan who watches all the games I can tell you that Drake is faster than people think…

    If only we had some way of measuring how fast players are when they are running that would be cool instead of relying on someone guessing how fast a player is….

  8. OG Fogy says:
    February 20, 2021 at 9:45 am
    No Scotty Miller?
    ********************************************************************************************Reading Comprehension 101.
    Scotty Miller is not a running back.

  9. echansen50 says:
    February 20, 2021 at 10:45 am
    The blocking scheme and opponent had something to do with it, though he is super fast.———
    How does blocking or opponent dictate a players top speed? That’s like saying that your car is fastest on Tuesdays.

  10. echansen50 says:
    February 20, 2021 at 10:45 am
    The blocking scheme and opponent had something to do with it, though he is super fast.———
    How does blocking or opponent dictate a players top speed? That’s like saying that your car is fastest on Tuesdays.

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    I think he is right that a blocking scheme does have something to do with it. By this, I mean that if you have above average blocking from the line to downfield, then a player has a greater chance of hitting their stride. Think about if you had a guy with straight line speed, but no lateral quickness or evasion, then they probably getting taken down early enough to not of gotten to full stride. Even a gazelle takes a second to get to its top end speed.

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