Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Knowshon Moreno was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason and then reported to workouts out of shape, which landed him a demotion on the depth chart. Then, he ended up getting arthroscopic knee surgery, which kept him out of most of training camp. He returned in the third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys and from there, took hold of the starting job and never looked back.
Although he isn’t listed as the number one back on the depth chart, he received 24 carries compared to 12 for Lamar Miller. In addition, he runs harder and has much better vision than Miller does at this time. However, the coaching staff plans to continue to have them share carries throughout the season.
“They opened up some great holes and sometimes when it wasn’t there, I think that the backs did a good job of just finding it and getting what we can. They get paid too. They practice and do some great things also every team and they’re going to make their plays. It’s just going to be what we’re going to do after that just to keep on track and get some points on the board.”
Of course, having success against the Patriots is no stranger to Moreno. Last year, he rushed for over 200 yards against them as a member of the Denver Broncos. However, he refused to take any credit for his past success and instead, deflected it to the rest of the offense.
“Last year is last year. I’m focused on this year, focused on what we have to do to move forward. Like I said earlier, it starts up front. I can’t do this by myself. No one can do it by themselves. Everyone is working together. It was just a real good team win. It felt good to put points on the board. I don’t really remember it.”
Moreno is definitely a different running back when the pads come on and his ability to break tackles and sustain drives is the primary reason why the Dolphins were able to win their game against the New England Patriots.