The Miami Dolphins feel that Knowshon Moreno is ready to start practicing again. They have officially released the running back from the physically unable to perform list and he can now resume practice with the team.
How quickly the Dolphins throw him into the mix is another story and while it’s possible to see the veteran this week against the Atlanta Falcons, it’s also unlikely. Moreno has been inconsistent the entire off-season after showing up to mini-camp out of shape and then battling his knee injury but when healthy he is an enigmatic runner who can make plays.
Last season Moreno had his most productive NFL season. Many felt that his production was the result of the Denver Broncos offense and Peyton Manning, while much of that may be true there is no denying that Moreno is a solid runner with good vision and lateral acceleration. If he can return to complete health Moreno will make the Dolphins roster better platooning with Lamar Miller who is having a good camp thus far.
The return of Moreno could also mean the final weeks of Daniel Thomas. The Dolphins are looking at tough decisions at tight end where they could five players and wide-receiver where they could keep six. The running back unit could find itself one player short depending on what the Dolphins opt to do with the unit. The current competition is between Miller, Mike Gillislee, Damian Williams, Thomas, and now Moreno. It’s unlikely the team keeps five running backs and keeping four may be a stretch as well.
Moreno’s return should only make the competition better. If he can remain healthy.