The Miami Dolphins signed veteran RB Knowshon Moreno this offseason to a team friendly one-year ‘”prove it” deal after Moreno put together a career season in 2013 with the Denver Broncos. He rushed for 1,038 yards on 241 carries and grabbed 60 passes for 548 yards and scoring 13 total touchdowns (10 rushing) a year ago.
Moreno, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound runner, certainly has the skill set that Miami is looking for in their running backs. He is one of the NFL‘s best pass protecting backs and can be a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. In 2013, the combination of RBs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas did not offer up much in either category as Miller struggled with blitz schemes and catching the football, while Thomas just stunk in both categories.
Moreno has entered Miami’s minicamps out of shape and has recently had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, which make his chances of staying in Miami marginal at best.
Moreno does have the ability to be the team’s third-down option, which is the role he will likely play this season for Miami as Thomas cannot convert short yardage situations to save his life. Moreno will not be the team’s top runner this season, however. That job belongs to the team’s most talented back in Miller.
Moreno will compete this season with Thomas for playing time, while RBs Marcus Thigpen and Mike Gillislee compete for the final roster spot behind Miller, Moreno and Thomas.
Moreno should remain in Miami this season as the team could really use his veteran leadership and blocking ability, but the former Georgia Bulldog is no lock to make the team at this point. He will have to get himself into much better shape if he wishes to remain in South Beach.