He isn't Tony Nathan. He isn't Eddie Hill. David Overstret never got to flash his skills in the NFL. Ricky Williams teased the team from time to time. Now, Knowshon Moreno is on hand and it's now his time to show what he can do.
He knows nothing is guaranteed as he explained in a story on NFL.com.
Moreno told reporters during Friday's introductory conference call that he will have to beat out Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas for lead-back duties.
"I just want to compete. I'm not expecting anything," Moreno said, per The Palm Beach Post. "I'm coming from a team where anyone can be the starter and it's the same thing with (the) Dolphins."
Moreno's contract is for one year and just under $3 million. He said Friday that the Dolphins were the only team with whom he communicated in free agency.
But what has happened in the offseason - with the signing of Moreno at running back and Shelly Smith and Branden Albert on the offensive line is give Miami options for the NFL Draft. And with the rumors circulating like vultures that wide receiver Mike Wallace was part of trade discussion at the NFL Owners' meetings last week, the 'Fins could look to many roads t take a player to help this team.
One rumor suggests a Wallace trade to the Philadelphia Eagles could take place. NFL trade rumors about Mike Wallace are nothing new, but it seems that the Dolphins really are pushing hard to deal him before the 2014 draft takes place. According to a report from CBS Sports on Wednesday (March 26), a problem with any deal has been the "hefty" contract that he has. The Dolphins definitely paid him a lot to come over from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but now action is being taken to end that relationship.
It has not happened yet. But with the NFL Draft approaching, the Dolphins may change gears a bit and focus on college talent.
The offensive line still needs depth. Zach Martin, a tackle from Notre Dame, could be on the team's radar. So could guard Cyrus Richardson or even Travis Swanson, a center who can move over to guard.
If the team looks for speed on the outside, there are plenty of receivers to choose from. Kelvin Benjamin - a 6'5" target from FSU should be available, as should Brandin Cooks or even someone with return skills as well like LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. And with the running game attended to, the need for a back is not a major priority now.
While Moreno may not be guaranteed a starting role in this offense yet, his signing did more than just mean a ebtter running game, it made sure this was a team that could look elsewher to help solve other needs on this roster.