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Monday, December 22, 2008
Creative Fins help Ginn find end zone


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

There's a widely held belief in South Florida that the Miami Dolphins made a gargantuan mistake by selecting Ted Ginn with the ninth overall pick of the 2007 draft.

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Dolfans were bewildered by the Ginn selection. He did little on the field last year, while receivers drafted soon after him -- namely Dwayne Bowe and Anthony Gonzalez -- showed significant promise.

Ginn was viewed as a luxury item, a speedy kick returner with ordinary receiving skills. Then the Dolphins gave the return duties to undrafted rookie Davone Bess this year.

The Dolphins, however, have gotten creative in using Ginn. He has 54 catches for 719 yards and one touchdown -- nothing spectacular. But he has twice as many touchdowns on reverses than receptions.

In Sunday's 38-31 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs, he showed again how dangerous he can, running 31 yards for a touchdown. He had a 40-yard run for a touchdown in a Week 11 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Elias Sports Bureau discovered Ginn became the first receiver in 47 years to score two touchdowns on runs of 30 yards or more.

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The last to do it was Buffalo Bills receiver Elbert Dubenion, who ripped off TD runs of 65 and 72 yards in 1961.

Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson recently wrote a story about Ginn's potential to develop into a legitimate No. 1 receiver.

"He hasn't developed into a No. 1 yet," former Dolphins receiver O.J. McDuffie said. "We've seen flashes and we've also seen disappearances. No. 1s don't disappear. It's been a roller-coaster ride. It's surprising he has dropped a couple passes because his hands are stellar. Besides his speed, I like the way he catches in traffic. He runs decent routes."