The Miami Dolphins opted to not draft competition for incumbent starter Lamar Miller back in May. Instead they opted to sign a free agent runner, Denver’s Knowshon Moreno. He has yet to make an impact on the roster.
Moreno showed up to the Miami Dolphins mini-camps and OTA’s out of shape and the South Florida heat also took early tolls on him but it’s the scope of his knee that is keeping him from getting on the field. Moreno underwent surgery after staying out of the teams off-season workouts due to soreness in the knee. The timetable for his return was about one month but that was about six weeks ago and little progress has been made.
Moreno has been on the sidelines of practice doing rehab work while Lamar Miller is taking the first team reps. Un-drafted Damien Williams is starting to make his presence known as well. With Moreno on the sidelines, players like Williams and Mike Gillislee are getting more looks on the field and increasing their chances to make the roster.
Moreno was asked yesterday about his return by the Miami Herald and he said he simply didn’t know. He told the Herald that he wants to make sure he is able to go full speed when he recovers.
The lingering injury is allowing Lamar Miller to take far more snaps than he would normally have and he is looking much better this off-season and a lot less lost. Miller had a good showing during yesterdays team scrimmage and barring an injury is now the favorite to start the regular season as the teams number one running back. Moreno will most assuredly miss this weeks pre-season game on Friday night in Atlanta and questions continue to circulate whether or not he will be making any appearances in the exhibition season at all.
Moreno was signed to a $3 million one year deal with $1.5 million guaranteed. At some point he will make it back to the field the question is will it be too late to actually help the team get better. Many pundits believe that Moreno’s career numbers of last year were more a product of Peyton Manning and the Denver offense as opposed to Moreno himself. In Miami, he hasn’t had a chance to prove anyone wrong.