I heard Capers on the radio a while back - he said the short outlet pass to DD was taking the place of the short pass to the TE. When your goal is a 50/50 split between run/pass, you have only so many touches to go around. This year Dominic is the favored receiver.
Things can be deceiving, but go back to the next to last offensive play(2:19) of the game (our last play was a punt). This was when the blocking of Wade & Weigert broke down & Carr was forced to his right, then heaved an incompletion. On the sky cam replay, I thought that there sure was a lot of empty space up the middle for a TE route - one on one with the LB.