Now that it would seem the Miami Dolphins have helped its offensive line with the signings of Branden Albert and Shelly Smith (with possible additions in the Draft), the Dolphins may now turn its attention to helping the running game.
Football Nation has learned through miamidolphins.com reporter Andy Kent that the team has met with former Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno - a key piece in the Broncos running game this season, helped hsi former team reach the Super Bowl where it was blown out by Seattle, 43-8.
Miami gave the statung job to Lamar Miller - a player the team believed was ready to breakout with Daniel Thomas serving as his backup. Neither player was able to dominate from the backfield, partially because of a porous offensive line. But some of the responsibility must be placed on the players, themselves.
"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.
"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," the story stated.
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.
The Dolphins have had issues with the running game since the retirement of Ricky Williams. Even if the team were to sign Moreno, Hickey and head coach Joe Philbin may look to the Draft as well to find more depth. Accordoing to Walterfootball.com, the Dolphins may look to a player like Tre Mason of Auburn with its second round pick.