By Knox Bardeen

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel is so fast, he’s been given, and has totally accepted, the nickname “Turbo.” His 40-yard dash time has been clocked at 4.27 seconds, but the NFL showed a new measure of his speed during his Week 3 game in Detroit.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, on his 40-yard touchdown catch Gabriel topped out at 20.58 MPH.

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“That’s kind of slow, man. It’s kind of slow,” said Gabriel laughing. “It was only 40 yards, I really couldn’t get it going.”

His blazing score was the fifth-fastest of the weekend, behind Bengals cornerback William Jackson (21.52 MPH), Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill (21.17), the Jets Robby Anderson (20.88) and the Chiefs Kareem Hunt (20.82).

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“Man, there’s no such thing as being fifth.”

Not only is Gabriel sure he could top that 20.58 MPH mark he set against the Lions, he just knows he could win a race against another famous Atlanta speedster.

“I would get him,” said Gabriel, sure he would win a race against the popular Atlanta attraction “The Freeze,” who races in between innings at Braves games.

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