- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Veteran backup quarterback Matt Moore said he signed a one-year contract to return to the Miami Dolphins, in part, because of familiarity. Moore likes Miami's coaches, enjoys the offense and believes the team is heading in the right direction.
But one thing that's changed drastically for Moore and fellow quarterback Ryan Tannehill is most of their passing targets. Four of Miami's top five receiving leaders have been cut, traded or signed elsewhere in free agency this offseason. Moore returns to an offense without starting tight end Charles Clay, slot receiver Brandon Gibson and starting receivers Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline.
“It’s interesting, I think the league is constantly evolving," Moore said on a conference call Monday. "You look around the league and there were a lot of transactions made and, yeah, we lost four out of our top five pass-catchers.
"I think management knows what they're doing, there is a plan. You’ve got to, I think as a player and as part of an organization, you’ve got to respect and move forward in a positive way with the decisions that have been made."
Moore and Tannehill face a unique challenge getting their new targets up to speed before the start of the regular season. Replacements such as receiver Kenny Stills and new starting tight end Jordan Cameron must quickly learn a new offense and get familiar with their quarterbacks in order to thrive this season.
The Dolphins are in a playoff-or-bust year for many in the organization. The passing game must hold up its end for Miami to end its six-year playoff drought.
"As quarterbacks, you want to get some balls thrown to new guys and then bring them up as quick as you can on the offense," Moore explained."So that’s probably the plan. But I think the only thing that’s going to help you there is time and getting on the field and doing it. That’s what we’ve got to do.”