Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno has been the second-string guy in minicamp behind Lamar Miller, who is a prime breakout candidate in his third year in the league. Moreno was signed this offseason to give Miller a competent partner, with some believing that the former Denver Broncos 1,000-yard man would usurp Miller as the starter. That doesn’t appear to be the case initially, and it looks like health issues are playing a role in Moreno’s status as the second-stringer in camp.
Per a source close to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly, Moreno “has been battling a medical issue” this offseason, which explains why Moreno has been very limited this offseason and appears to be the backup to Miller. Moreno was also not at 100% during OTAs, but it sounds like this is a minor issue that won’t hold back the free agent acquisition once training camp starts.
While Moreno is a very well-rounded veteran and should receive a solid dosage of carries, I would consider Miller the team’s starting running back. Not only is he more talented than Moreno as a rusher, but he also wasn’t given a fair shake last year due to the horrific incompetence of the blocking in front of him. Armed with better blockers this season in the form of Branden Albert and a first-round pick at right tackle (as well as Shelley Smith and perhaps rookie Billy Turner at the other guard spot), Miller will have much more room and won’t have to squeeze around for any inch. To get an idea of what Miller is capable of, check out his play in Week 17 against the best run defense in the league, keeping in mind that he had poor blocking.