Dolphins scouting report: Moreno

April, 7, 2014
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The Miami Dolphins are having a busy offseason signing free agents. But how good are these players?

We are tapping into our NFL Nation reporters to get a full scouting report on Miami’s newest crop of free agents.

Here is ESPN.com Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold on Dolphins projected starting tailback Knowshon Moreno:
“Few players re-made themselves better than Knowshon in his time with the Broncos. Early in Moreno's career, coaches would talk about how his concentration wavered. Moreno missed most of his first two training camps with injuries, pushing him back on the learning curve. Then he tore his ACL in the last game of the 2011 season and had another knee procedure following the 2012 season. When training camp opened last summer, his roster spot was considered shaky. But by then Moreno, who always worked hard but didn’t always focus the way he should, had started to turn the coaches’ opinions of him. When they de-activated him for eight games in 2012, he never complained. He just kept working and performed well after Willis McGahee got hurt that year. Then Montee Ball missed a blitz pick-up against Seattle in the preseason and Peyton Manning got blasted. After that, because Moreno was easily the best back the Broncos had in pass protection, he started getting most of the reps. He stayed healthy all season and was the first player in franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards receiving in same season in 2013. The Broncos just think Ball is ready to be the guy now.”

According to Legwold, Moreno matured during his time in Denver. Miami could reap the rewards of that this season. Moreno is coming off a career year where he rushed for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Dolphins and their 26th-ranked running game would love to have similar production from Moreno this season.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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