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Teams throwing more to TEs, using RBs as blockers

Once a vital part of offensive game planning, running backs are being utilized less as receivers.

Updated: December 23, 2005, 1:34 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In a season during which the Atlanta Falcons' Warrick Dunn has established a career high and seems destined to finish with more than 1,500 rushing yards, he has finally outgrown the notion that he is just an undersized nickel tailback.

Part of the reason Dunn now is regarded as more than a tailback whose primary effectiveness comes on third down is that, with two games remaining this season, he has averaged 262 carries over the last two campaigns. The quarter horse has, indeed, become a ...

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