Speed Around the Edge
You don’t need home-run-hitter speed to play running back in an outside-zone scheme. Instead of blazing speed, you need acceleration and enough speed to get around the edge — which is why so many successful outside-zone running backs are late-round draft picks with lackluster combine measurables.
Running back Terrell Davis averaged over 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns per year over three straight All-Pro seasons after running a 4.72 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Running back Alfred Morris used his 4.67 40-yard speed to rush for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns during his rookie year with Shanahan.
Hyde is bigger, stronger and faster than Davis and Morris, and has enough speed to take outside-zone runs around the edge: