314-pound Saints center Erik McCoy ran faster than Alvin Kamara on long touchdown run


The role of offensive lineman is about as inglorious a position as there is on the football field, save for perhaps a fullback or a special teams ace. They're constantly in the trenches, paving the way for a flashier player to get all the glitz and glamour from fans and all the highlight-reel recognition from sports media.

So when offensive linemen do hog the spotlight, it's usually for a pretty significant reason. Week 3 proved to have a pair of those plays, one of which was much more obvious than the other. The more obvious of those two plays occurred on Monday night, when Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher hauled in a lob from Patrick Mahomes.

That was a can't-miss play, clearly. But while the other play wasn't as easy to spot, it may have been more impressive.

That's because it occurred during a run where Alvin Kamara completely scorched a path through the Green Bay Packers defense, helping his New Orleans Saints to even up the score while making headlines with his unstoppable assault on the opposing team's defenders.

But who was trudging up the field, clearing the path so that this run was possible? It was Erik McCoy, the Saints center who trundled ahead and reached 16.22 miles per hour -- a number that Kamara himself didn't even reach (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk).

Upon review, the broadcasting booth of Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth lauded Kamara's run but did take note of just how crazy McCoy's speed was on the play.

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that McCoy was able to show off his wheels, even given his monstrous 6-foot-4, 314-pound frame. He ran faster than every other offensive lineman at the 2019 NFL Combine with a 4.89-second 40-yard dash.

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