Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It wasn’t an easy road for Knowshon Moreno to play in Sunday’s game. First, he had to get in shape and get out of the dog house that he was placed in for coming into camp overweight and not conditioned well enough. Then, he had arthroscopic knee surgery and had to rehab and fight his way back from that. In the third preseason game though, Moreno shut everyone up with a dominant performance and he hasn’t looked back since.
On Sunday, he recorded 24 rushing attempts for 134 yards, which was the third-most rushing yards in his career. The second most was in 2010 against the Kansas City Chiefs with 161 and the first most was against none other than the New England Patriots in 2013 with 224 yards. It was the sixth 100-yard rushing output of his career.
In terms of what it means for Dolphins history, his 134 rushing yards were the third most by a running back in a Dolphins debut. In second is Lamar Smith with 145 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and in first is Abner Haynes with 151 rushing yards in 1967 against the Denver Broncos.
Moreno was quick to give credit to his offensive line and the players around him for his success.
“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.”