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NFL: Running Quarterbacks Wave of the Future

Joe Schad reported that Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill “plans to use his feet as a weapon in 2017”. Last season, Tannehill threw for 2,995 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. During that season, Tannehill and the Dolphins rode a seven game win streak.

If Tannehill can make the run game work for himself, he will become of one of the more talented quarterbacks in the league. Not only that, but this is a part of what is becoming the wave of hythe future in the NFL – running quarterbacks.

NFL: Running Quarterbacks Wave of the Future

Many quarterbacks in the league have developed a run game and that plays a key part in their team’s success. Russell Wilson‘s run game is big for the Seattle Seahawks‘ offensive production and has been the last few seasons. Cam Newton is also a talented rushing quarterback and has been ever since he entered the league in 2011.

Dak Prescott took the Dallas Cowboys and the league by storm in 2016. While his 3,667 passing yards were very impressive, his rushing game also caught many eyes. He finished tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with Tyrod Taylor (6). He also finished in the top 10 in just about all quarterback rushing categories, including rushing yards (282) and yards per rush (6.1).

Aaron Rodgers is also using his legs more, which is putting him in the class of the best quarterback in NFL history. He has the same passing success as Tom Brady. He is also a much faster and much better running quarterback than Brady.

Rodgers finished fourth with 369 rushing yards and tied for third with four rushing touchdowns. His passing game won’t deteriorate, but he will still run the ball more often, especially with no star running back.

When Colin Kaepernick started in the NFL, he redefined the quarterback position with his ability to run. He is the one that started the move of quarterbacks when he took over the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. Before him, there wasn’t a quarterback that rushed as often as him.

In a few years time, all NFL quarterbacks will have some running plays in their play books. It won’t happen all at once, but the NFL is nearing a future of running quarterbacks.

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