Sept. 16, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (left) talks with quarterback Ryan Tannehill (right) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 35-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Matt Moore

Matt Moore’s 2012 NFL Season Grade: B+

After an extraordinary 2011 season by Matt Moore, all signs were pointing he was the new man under center for the Miami Dolphins. That was until Ryan Tannehill stepped in as a rookie and blossomed in training camp as well as preseason.

When Moore was put placed as the number two quarterback on the depth chart there was a skepticism whether the six-year quarterback would be angry about the decision. Sure, he was a little disappointed, but when Tannehill got the call he was all in to help the first-year rookie succeed.

The former Oregon State Beaver’s demeanor was outstanding. Simply, a true professional. While it’s tough being wingman for a rookie quarterback, he approached the season with an open mind for whatever Joe Philbin and company needed out of him.

Moore did get to show off his talents in week eight against the New York Jets. His ability to come into any game and provide productivity was incredible. He finished with 131 yards and one touchdown while getting the win to continue the winning streak at the time.

I’m sure the Miami Dolphins would love to have him back, but I also think they would like it even better to see Moore thrive in the NFL on another team as a starting quarterback.

His duties are done in Miami. He applied a ton of character and consistency in his time with the Dolphins. His name will be remembered for a long time in the head of Ryan Tannehill and company.

Moore will seek free agency with a starting quarterback attitude. Teams like the Kansas Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Arizona Cardinals could store some interest into this quarterback when the free agency period emerges.

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