The Miami Dolphins activated running back Knowshon Moreno off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, per the team’s social media. Moreno had undergone knee surgery earlier and his status was in doubt for much of the offseason. Now it appears he’s ahead of schedule and ready to contribute to Miami’s bid to return to the AFC playoffs.
Moreno is coming off a career year as a member of the record-breaking 2013 Denver Broncos. He tallied over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and added another 60 catches, 500 yards and 3 TDs. The Dolphins are hoping he can bring some of the production to Miami, where the running back position was a serious disappointment last season.
Lamar Miller has been the presumptive top back in the platoon dating back to last season, but Miller struggled to seize the role in 2013 and Moreno serves as a sign of management hedging their bets on Miller.It stands to reason that the Dolphins will still roll with Miller as their starter, but much like Montee Ball learned on the Broncos last year, Moreno is more than capable of stealing the spotlight from the backfield.
A running attack in the NFL now requires multiple strong runners who can rotate the workload. While Miller could very well break out this season, it would also help for him to be more fresh upon hitting the field. If Moreno can play most of the season and stay healthy, both he and Miller should be able to do just that.