Mar 22, 2014 7:14 PM by Greg Smith
Anytime a team has the potential of adding a player from one of the two most recent Super Bowl participants that is a plus. The Miami Dolphins explored that option today with running back Knowshon Moreno.
The former first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos visited with Miami today at the Doctors Hospital Practice Facility in Davie, as new General Manager Dennis Hickey continues to make his mark in the offseason. He came out of the gate fast at the start of free agency by signing or re-signing six players - left tackle Branden Albert, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, cornerback Cortland Finnegan, guard Shelley Smith, safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Randy Starks.
Now Hickey is turning his attention back to the offensive side of the ball by taking a look at Moreno, who is coming off of his best season as a pro. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound New Jersey native led the Broncos with 1,038 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 241 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry and also caught 60 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns.
Moreno, 26, was taken in the first round with the 12th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia and had a solid rookie campaign for Denver. He started nine of 16 games and led the team in rushing with 947 yards and seven touchdowns on 247 carries, adding 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 28 receptions. But over the next three seasons he totaled 1,483 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, with an ACL tear cutting his 2011 season short.
After falling off the radar for a bit and having to battle his way back into the starting role, Moreno helped balance Denver's high-powered offense and played a big role along with quarterback Peyton Manning in getting the Broncos back to the Super Bowl for the first time since after the 1998 season. By season's end he became the first player in Broncos franchise history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and go over 500 receiving yards in the same season.
In Denver's 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Moreno rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries and caught one pass for 12 yards. The following week in a 26-16 victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, he picked up 59 yards on the ground on 14 carriers, with a long run of 28 yards, and caught two passes for 22 yards.
For his career, Moreno has rushed for 3,468 yards and 26 touchdowns on 845 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry and caught 157 passes for 1,401 yards and nine touchdowns for an average of 8.9 yards per catch.