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Ranking Kyler Murray’s scramble, Jonathan Taylor’s top speed and other amazing NFL highlights

Statistics in an NFL box score sometimes don’t reflect the incredible nature of a play. A 10-yard touchdown pass might not sound like much, but when the quarterback had to scramble 30 yards before making the pass, there’s another level of appreciation.

That’s where Next Gen Stats comes in, going inside the numbers to provide a true look at the level of difficulty — or excellence — on certain plays.

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Here is a collection of Next Gen highlights from the 2021 regular season, from the fastest speeds clocked during a touchdown to the tightest windows for a touchdown pass, and more.

Fastest speed clocked during a TD: Running back

1. 22.13 mph: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts, during 67-yard TD on Dec. 18 vs. the New England Patriots

2. 22.05 mph: Taylor during 78-yard TD on Nov. 4 vs. the New York Jets

3. 21.80 mph: Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans, during a 76-yard TD on Oct. 18 vs. the Buffalo Bills


Fastest speed clocked during a TD: Wide receiver

1. 22.09 mph: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers, during a 75-yard TD on Nov. 21 vs. the Minnesota Vikings

2. 21.74 mph: Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals, during a 72-yard TD on Jan. 2 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs

3. 21.62 mph: Jamal Agnew, Jacksonville Jaguars, during a 66-yard TD on Nov. 14 vs. the Colts


Fastest speed clocked during a TD run: Quarterback

1. 20.0 mph: Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints, during a 44-yard run on Dec. 12 vs. the Jets

2. 19.92 mph: Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles, during a 3-yard run on Nov. 21 vs. the Saints

3. 19.51 mph: Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team, during a 4-yard run on Sept. 26 vs. the Bills


Fastest speed clocked during a TD catch: Tight end

1. 20.54 mph: Brock Wright, Detroit Lions, during a 36-yard TD on Jan. 9 vs. the Packers

2. 19.7 mph: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns, during a 71-yard TD on Oct. 10 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers

3. 18.86 mph: Tommy Tremble, Carolina Panthers, during a 7-yard TD on Sept. 23 vs. the Houston Texans


Fastest speed clocked during a scoring play: Defensive lineman

1. 18.41 mph: Rasheem Green, Seattle Seahawks, during a blocked PAT return, resulting in a 2-point conversion on Nov. 29 vs. Washington

2. 17.51 mph: DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys, during a 40-yard interception return on Dec. 26 vs. Washington

3. 17.26 mph: Carlos Watkins, Cowboys, during a 29-yard interception return on Dec. 2 vs. the Saints


Fastest speed clocked during a TD: Linebacker

1. 21.05 mph: Mykal Walker, Atlanta Falcons, during a 66-yard interception return on Dec. 12 vs. the Panthers

2. 19.47 mph: Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers, during a 39-yard interception return on Sept. 12 vs. the Lions

3. 19.27 mph: Alex Singleton, Eagles during a 29-yard interception return on Dec. 26 vs. the New York Giants


Fastest speed clocked during a TD: Offensive lineman

1. 12.4 mph: Conor McDermott, Jets, during a 1-yard reception on Dec. 26 vs. the Jaguars

2. 10.86 mph: Taylor Decker, Lions, during a 6-yard reception on Jan. 2 vs. the Seahawks

3. 10.76 mph: Danny Pinter, Colts, during a 2-yard reception on Nov. 4 vs. the Jets


Fastest speed clocked during a TD: Defensive back

1. 22.07 mph: Pat Surtain II, Denver Broncos, during a 70-yard interception return on Nov. 28 vs. the Chargers

2. 21.68 mph: Tavierre Thomas, Texans, during a 48-yard interception return on Dec. 26 vs. the Chargers

3. 21.52 mph: Anthony Brown, Cowboys, during a 45-yard interception return on Oct. 10 vs. the Giants


Fastest speed clocked overall by a ball carrier on any play

1. 22.13 mph: Taylor, Colts, during 67-yard TD on Dec. 18 vs. the Patriots

2. 22.09 mph: Valdes-Scantling, Packers, during a 75-yard TD on Nov. 21 vs. the Vikings

3. 22.07 mph: Surtain, Broncos, during a 70-yard interception return on Nov. 28 vs. the Chargers


Most air distance (point of release to point of catch) on a completed pass

1. 66.4 air distance: Baker Mayfield, Browns, on a 57-yard TD pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones on Oct. 17 vs. the Arizona Cardinals

2. 63.8 air distance: Justin Herbert, Chargers, on a 59-yard TD pass to Jalen Guyton on Dec. 12 vs. the Giants

3. 62.0 air distance: Russell Wilson, Seahawks, on a 55-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett on Dec. 12 vs. the Texans


Most yards scrambled before a TD pass

1. 34.0 scramble yards: Hurts, Eagles, on a 15-yard TD pass to Greg Ward on Sept. 27 vs. the Cowboys

2. 29.9 scramble yards: Zach Wilson, Jets, on a 53-yard TD pass to Corey Davis on Oct. 3 vs. the Titans

3. 29.4 scramble yards: Kyler Murray, Cardinals, on a 77-yard TD pass to Rondale Moore on Sept. 26 vs. the Jaguars


Tightest window for a TD pass

1. 0.29 yards: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs, on a 38-yard pass to Darrel Williams on Nov. 14 vs. the Las Vegas Raiders

2. 0.30 yards: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on a 2-yard pass to Mike Evans on Oct. 24 vs. the Chicago Bears

3. 0.32 yards: Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers, on a 21-yard pass to Ross Dwelley on Oct. 3 vs. the Seahawks


Quickest to record a sack

1. 1.87 seconds: Shaq Thompson, Panthers while sacking the Cardinals’ Colt McCoy on Nov. 14

2. 1.90 seconds: Jordyn Brooks, Seahawks, while sacking Garoppolo on Oct. 3

3. 2.00 seconds: Brandon Jones, Miami Dolphins, while sacking the Jets’ Joe Flacco on Nov. 21


Lowest completion probability on a completed pass

1. 8%: Dak Prescott, Cowboys, on a 26-yard pass to Amari Cooper on Jan. 8 vs. the Eagles

2. 8.2%: Herbert , Chargers, on a 16-yard pass to Jared Cook on Nov. 28 vs. the Broncos

3. 9.1%: Sam Darnold, Panthers on a 27-yard pass to DJ Moore on Sept. 12 vs. the Jets


Most yards gained over expectation on a rush

1. +75: Taylor, Colts, on a 78-yard run on Nov. 4 vs. the Jets (expected yards: 3)

2. +73: Taylor, Colts, on an 82-yard run on Oct. 17 vs. the Texans (expected yards: 10)

3. +72: Justin Jackson, Chargers, on a 74-yard run on Sept. 19 vs. the Cowboys (expected yards: 3)


Most yards after catch above expectation

1. +78: Deebo Samuel, 49ers, on an 83-yard reception on Oct. 31 vs. the Bears (expected YAC: 9 yds, actual YAC: 87)

2. +73: Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals, on an 82-yard reception on Oct. 24 vs. the Ravens (expected YAC: 3, actual YAC: 76)

3. +62: Deonte Harris, Saints, on a 70-yard reception on Dec. 2 vs. the Cowboys (expected YAC: 3, actual YAC: 65)


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