Matt Moore understands why some Dolphins fans would be rooting against their own team.
But that doesn’t make it any easier to take.
“If that’s the case, they want the No. 1 pick, whatever. That’s fine. As a player, no I don’t get it, because we’re going out and trying to win every game this year,” he said of the 0-6 Dolphins. “For guys in this locker room, we don’t know if there is going to be a next year. So the fans can think what they want and root for what they want but I know … guys in here really can’t worry about that.”
While some Miami fans probably wouldn’t mind seeing the Dolphins lose Sunday to improve their chances in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, Moore hopes to turn things around in East Rutherford this weekend.
The 27-year-old California native has been here before.
In 2009 with the Panthers, Moore threw for three TDs and completed 15 of 20 passes in Carolina’s 41-9 rout of the Giants. The loss knocked the Giants out of playoff contention and was an awful way for the home team to close the old Meadowlands.
Moore also started the Panthers’ 2010 opener at the MetLife Stadium.
He tossed three picks and completed just 42% of his passes in a 31-18 Giants’ win.
So can he draw on any of that experience in preparation for Sunday?
Moore will try.
He has pulled out the tape for the 2009 game in advance of Sunday, reliving what he calls the “good thoughts and good feelings” from that afternoon.
“Those thoughts are always with me. That was a good game. That stuffs always with me,” he said. “But there’s a lot going on right now for the Miami Dolphins.”
BARDEN STILL HOPES TO PLAY: After going through his second practice on Wednesday, Ramses Barden still believes there's a chance he can suit up Sunday.
The wide receiver is off of the PUP list. The Giants have three weeks to activate him.
He had just five receptions for 64 yards in three games last year but got significant playing time against Dallas last Nov. 14 and responded with three catches for 34 yards before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
When asked if he feels 100% healthy, Barden said, "You know what? I'm ready to go."