Dolphins 2012 Player Review: Marlon Moore


The weakest link on the 2012 Miami Dolphins’ Squad was at the wide receiver position.  When the Dolphins traded away WR Brandon Marshall in the offseason and failed to find a replacement, the door was left wide open for some of the other receivers to step up.  Unfortunately for Marlon Moore, he was unable to capitalize on this opportunity.  And after three mediocre seasons, 2012 will most likely be Moore’s last stint as a Dolphin.

Nov.11, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marlon Moore (14) during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Sun Life Stadium. Tennessee won 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Moore is simply non-existent in this offense.  Even though he received ample playing time this season participating in 14 games, he was only able to record just six catches for 116 yards and one measly touchdown.  During his three years with Miami, he only has 12 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

Even though Moore has tremendous speed and a great work ethic, he has issues dropping passes and fails to haul in game changing catches during critical moments.  Also, Moore seems to be a lost ball in high weeds at times when running his routes.  After attending several games and personally watching him in action, it almost seems as if he does not want the ball or he’s just not ready for it.  Because of this, QB Ryan Tannehill appears to have absolutely no chemistry or trust with Moore which is why his production as a receiver has been so inept.

Also, it’s not like the Dolphins’ roster is filled with several talented receivers making it hard to find playing time and sharing the wealth.  That’s actually quite the opposite issue on this team.  If Moore was going to have his breakout year to take advantage of his opportunities, it would have been in 2012.  Unfortunately for him, that window has basically closed and it’s time for the Dolphins to move on.

By now, the fans have seen enough out of Moore to know what he can do for this football team.  Even though he is a solid contributor on special teams when healthy, in my opinion it simply is not enough.  Because of his lack of production as a receiver, I have a hard time believing he will be taking up another roster spot in 2013.

Overall Grade:  D-