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Matt Moore entered the NFL undrafted in 2007. The Dallas Cowboys had him in camp, but cut him just prior to the start of that season. The Carolina Panthers signed him and he spent four seasons there. The Miami Dolphins brought him in to back-up Chad Henne in 2011.
Moore started the final dozen games for Miami last season. He started 0 and 3, but won six of the final nine games for a 6 and 6 overall record. Despite finishing strong we saw the Dolphins attempt to replace him right away by drafting Ryan Tannehill and adding veteran David Garrard.
The preseason started with a depth chart of Garrard/Moore/Tannehill. Hours prior to the initial preseason game Garrard suffered a potential career-ending injury. Moore became #1, but he did not progress in preseason while Tannehill was making tremendous strides. Moore was again back to being the #2.
Cannot blame Miami for aggressively looking to replace/upgrade from Moore. In past scenarios where he has been promoted from backup to #1, he has been terrible. Historically bad. He has the make-up to be a backup, which is a good thing in this case. He is team-first guy, and has no issue putting in the required prep work to be ready when called on.
The new Dolphins regime wants to run a west-coast offense which requires quick reads and getting the ball out quickly. Not Moore’s strength. He is a guy who can make a nice touch pass if/when the WR has a moment or two to create separation. Quick decisions, in particular when a blitz is involved, are not Moore’s strong suit. He often struggles to read a blitz properly.
Moore also requires a clean pocket. When the pocket begins to collapse we see Moore short-arm his passes as he does not step into his throws in those scenarios. Moore can make every throw required from a NFL QB, but not through natural talent (he needs to have space to utilize his fundamentals).
Moore is athletic and has legit arm strength. His mentality makes him a guy willing to do anything for the team. We will see how serious Tannehill’s injury is, but Moore is a good guy to have for these scenarios.
He was thiiiiis close to being traded or released, but Garrard’s injury bought him extra time and the 2012 Dolphins are hoping that works out to be a good thing.
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