5 Reasons Why Miami Dolphins Signing Knowshon Moreno Was a Good Decision

5 Reasons Why Signing Knowshon Moreno Was a Good Decision

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The Miami Dolphins officially agreed to a one-year, million contract with running back Knowshon Moreno earlier this week. The market for running backs was so dry that the Dolphins were the only team that talked to Moreno, who was coming off of a 1,000-yard, 60-reception season in 2013 with the Denver Broncos. These are five reasons why signing Moreno was a good decision for the Dolphins.

5. Team-Friendly Contract

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5. Team-Friendly Contract

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As mentioned in the intro slide, due to the declining market for running backs in recent years, the Dolphins were able to sign Moreno to a one-year, million deal. For a running back who ranked fifth in the NFL in touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards at his position, how can you go wrong with that kind of deal?

4. Adds Competition to Anemic Running Game

Lamar Miller
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4. Adds Competition to Anemic Running Game

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The Dolphins ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing in 2013 and averaged just 90 rushing yards per game. It's safe to say that Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas did not provide the Dolphins with a solid rushing attack. With the signing of Moreno, he will provide competition to Miller and Thomas which will bring out the best in each back heading into 2014.

3. Improves Ryan Tannehill as a Quarterback

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3. Improves Ryan Tannehill as a Quarterback

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The addition of Moreno automatically improves Ryan Tannehill as a quarterback. Moreno is a proven receiver out of the backfield, as he had over 60 receptions and 500 receiving yards in 2013. He immediately upgrades the pass protection for Tannehill in the backfield. According to Pro Football Focus, the running backs combined to allow five sacks and 16 quarterback pressures on the quarterback last season.

2. Adds Emotion and Physicality

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2. Adds Emotion and Physicality

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Moreno ran with a passion and aggressiveness in 2013. Remember when Moreno was caught crying by CBS cameras before the game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 1? He runs with a motivation, and after an offseason that saw just one NFL team show an interest in him, expect Moreno to continue to run with that type of mentality in 2014.

1. Improves Running Game in General

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1. Improves Running Game in General

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As much as some may point to Moreno's success in 2013 as an indication of how great of a quarterback Peyton Manning is, it's hard to ignore the veteran running back's contributions to the Broncos' record-breaking offense last season. Moreno is an immediate upgrade over Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, two running backs who have yet to prove to be starting-caliber backs in the NFL.


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