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    San Francisco 49ers staff tests the latest in football technology -- remote-controlled practice tackling dummies, otherwise called Mobile Virtual Player, MVP. The mobile dummies are being tested and used at training camps throughout the NFL and major colleges this summer. The robotic dummies can be used in tackling drills, without the risk of a player being injured, as well as other game-situation drills. The 150-pound dummies can reach speeds of 18 mph, or cover 40 yards in five seconds.

San Francisco 49ers staff tests the latest in football technology -- remote-controlled practice tackling dummies, otherwise called Mobile Virtual Player, MVP. The mobile dummies are being tested and used at training camps throughout the NFL and major colleges this summer. The robotic dummies can be used in tackling drills, without the risk of a player being injured, as well as other game-situation drills. The 150-pound dummies can reach speeds of 18 mph, or cover 40 yards in five seconds. Matt Barrows The Sacramento Bee
San Francisco 49ers staff tests the latest in football technology -- remote-controlled practice tackling dummies, otherwise called Mobile Virtual Player, MVP. The mobile dummies are being tested and used at training camps throughout the NFL and major colleges this summer. The robotic dummies can be used in tackling drills, without the risk of a player being injured, as well as other game-situation drills. The 150-pound dummies can reach speeds of 18 mph, or cover 40 yards in five seconds. Matt Barrows The Sacramento Bee
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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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