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Moreno On The Move

Posted Aug 6, 2014

Running back is activated off PUP list and takes part in practice for the first time since training camp started.

For Knowshon Moreno, it’s been about taking gradual steps ever since he underwent minor knee surgery following the offseason program. He took another one of those steps Wednesday, and it was a significant one.

After being activated from the physically unable to perform list, Moreno took part in practice for the first time since training camp started.

“It feels good to put the pads on and work with the guys,” Moreno said after practice. “Today was testing it out and seeing how it feels. I feel good. What I did today I felt pretty good doing it. Now the next couple of days I'll just progress and do more and more each day.”

Signed in the offseason as a free agent after he spent four seasons with the Denver Broncos, Moreno is expected to play a significant role for the Dolphins offense in 2014.

Although he missed most of the offseason practices along with the start of training camp, Moreno has made sure to stay on top of learning the playbook. The next step now is going through the plays in practice.

“I’ve been getting a lot of mental reps,” Moreno said. “Now I’ve just got to put those things together.

“I’m good with the playbook. It’s just going out there seeing it full speed versus the defense. But I feel pretty comfortable about the playbook.”

With the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons just two days away, it’s highly likely that Moreno’s first game action in a Dolphins uniform will have to wait until at least next week.

Head Coach Joe Philbin said as much after practice Wednesday.

“This was his first practice out here today, so I don’t know if it would be a wise coaching decision (with) a guy that really hasn’t participated to throw him in a game yet,” Philbin said.

For his part, Moreno says he’ll be ready to play in a game whenever he gets the call.

“The main thing is to be ready for the season,” Moreno said. “Right now I feel good. It would be good to go out there and feel full-speed action. At the same time I’ll be ready whenever it’s ready.”

The important thing, really, is just having Moreno off PUP and back on the practice field.

Moreno was signed as a free agent in the offseason with the idea that he could become a major contributor for the Dolphins offense.

“Right now we’ve got such a rotation at running back, you never know who’s back there,” veteran guard Daryn Colledge said. “But it’s good to see the guys that we expect to be playmakers this year to come off the sideline and start getting some work. Those guys are professionals and those guys will come in when the time is ready, but it is good to see them out there getting a few reps.”

After he became last season the first player in Denver Broncos history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and gain at least 500 receiving yards, Moreno was expected to come in and compete for the starting running back job in Miami.

After his first training camp practice, Moreno said he wasn’t concerned about whether he had fallen behind returning starter Lamar Miller in that battle.

“I’m just going to come out here and work,” Moreno said. “I can’t really think about the depth chart. Wherever the coaches want me to be, that’s where I’ll be.

“I’m going to do whatever I can do, anything to help this team. I’m going to do every play, every practice, every game 100 percent the best I can do. Whatever happens after that will.”

With Moreno off PUP, Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey remains the only Dolphins player who has yet to take part in a training camp practice.

Moreno, who had to pass a physical to be taken off PUP, said his rehabilitation moved along smoothly.

“I think it was just about right,” Moreno said. “Every day I did more and more in the training room. Now it’s time to do a little bit more on the field.”
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