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NOTEBOOK: Moore Returns To Familiar Surroundings; Other Notes

Posted Nov 4, 2013

Wire receiver returns to familiar surroundings.



It was almost like Marlon Moore never left when he was signed to the active roster today, as he was given his old locker and his old jersey number (14) with the Miami Dolphins.

Moore, who originally was an undrafted free agent with the team back in 2010, looked comfortable in the locker room as he looked forward to rejoining some of his familiar teammates. He caught 13 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his first three seasons as a Dolphin, playing in 35 games, and spent the first eight weeks of this season with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I had to take a little hiatus and that’s the name of the game,” said Moore, who had on reception for six yard and one rushing attempt for nine yards with the Niners. “But I’m happy to be back, was happy to get the call and I’m ready to go to work with the Fins. It makes the transition a lot easier because going to a new team isn’t easy. Going to a new team in the middle of the season is hard, especially if they want you to come in there and play, so being able to come back hear and just reunite with some of my old coaches and some of my old teammates and just feel as if I never left is big.”

During his rookie season with the Dolphins, Moore broke out in style in front of his family and his hometown friends against the Oakland Raiders with a 57-yard touchdown reception. It was just his third catch as a pro in his second game.

Last season, Moore caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from then-rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the first game he was active for against the St. Louis Rams, finishing with three receptions for 46 yards in a 17-14 win. He added a 37-yarder two weeks later at the New York Jets in a 30-9 victory and ended the season with six catches for 116 yards and the one touchdown for an average of 19.3 yards per catch, so he is looking forward to getting back together with Tannehill.

“Watching Tannehill basically come into his own and starting to be the elite quarterback that everyone wants him to be, watching (Brian) Hartline go down there and make plays, Mike Wallace even though I just met him, just being able to watch those guys and see them succeed it made me feel real good,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t say practice was seamless because I’ve got to get used to Field Turf again but for the most part being able to laugh and run around with some of the guys I came up with is nice.”

Moore joins Hartline, Wallace and Rishard Matthews as the four active receivers in the offense, as Ryan Spadola was waived to make room for him on the roster.

THIS AND THAT

Linebackers Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins did not practice today and were working on the side with trainers during the portion of practice open to the media. … Cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Dimitri Patterson were in on individual drills but stayed on the sideline during team drills.

LET THE MUSIC PLAY

First it was a current song that pumped up the players during their stretching period as Meek Mill’s “Polo & Shell Tops” blared over the loudspeakers. Then it was time for an old school tune with “Shining Star,” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
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