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Steven Jackson gives Falcons dual threat at RB

By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - There's a new name on the list of Matt Ryan's top receiving targets.

For the first time in Ryan's six seasons, the Falcons' starting running back is a dual threat as a runner and receiver. Steven Jackson has the most catches of any NFL running back in his nine seasons, a fact sometimes overshadowed by his eight straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing.

Jackson, who left the Rams to sign a 3-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons, is replacing Michael Turner, who was rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield.

The Falcons' already potent offense now looks even stronger. Ryan can throw screen passes to Jackson when he's not targeting tight end Tony Gonzalez and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.

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