Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dolphins in market for tailback, hosting Moreno


The Miami Dolphins struggled to move the ball on the ground last season, averaging just 90 yards rushing per game and 4.1 yards per carry, both marks below the league average.

Undoubtedly, Miami's constantly-in-flux offensive line was a factor in that disappointing output, but the team may be looking to add some competition to the backfield nonetheless.

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, the Dolphins will host veteran Knowshon Moreno for a visit on Friday. The 26-year-old tailback hasn't garnered much known interest since hitting free agency after five seasons with the Denver Broncos.

The Dolphins entered last season expecting Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas to be the combined answer at running back, but the aforementioned offensive line play and a questionable commitment to the run from the coaching staff left quarterback Ryan Tannehill without a strong complementary rushing attack.

Aside from those factors, neither back convincingly displayed the ability to be a long term solution at running back. Moreno could potentially provide a proven option to either start or provide depth behind Miller or Thomas.

Moreno set career highs with 1,038 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns last season in Peyton Manning's high-octane offense. He also hauled in 60 catches for 548 yards and three receiving touchdowns, all career marks as well.

The former first-round pick has battled durability and productivity issues throughout his career, but should have enough tread on the tire and come at a low enough price to be a worthwhile flier for the Dolphins to take.

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