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Dose: Miller The Man In Miami

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Knowshon Moreno returned from a dislocated elbow in Week 6 and rushed for ten yards on six carries, while catching one pass for eight yards. Everybody chalked it up to the Dolphins easing Moreno back into action at less than 100 percent. That apparently wasn't the case, as it was surprisingly announced early Tuesday morning that Moreno tore his ACL against the Packers and is done for the season. We didn't see it happen, and the team made no in-game mention of the injury.

Moreno's first season in Miami ends with 31 carries for 148 yards and one touchdown. He was damaged goods when the Dolphins signed him as a free agent. Moreno missed most of spring with a knee issue before deciding to have it cleaned out with a scope and missing most of training camp. He'll enter the market once again next March. This time as a 27-year-old with major injury concerns. Moreno's had at least 11 documented injuries the past seven seasons, with five of them to his knee(s). He sprained his MCL in 2009, tore his ACL in 2011, dealt with swelling around the same ACL in 2012, underwent the aforementioned knee scope, and now has suffered another torn ACL. Moreno already struggled to find work this season. It'll be even harder in 2015.

This now leaves Lamar Miller locked in as the Dolphins' feature back for the remainder of the season. It's some much-needed clarity for an up-in-the-air backfield, albeit at Moreno's expense. In three games Moreno has missed, Miller's racked up 46 touches and is averaging a robust 5.23 YPC on the year. He's also the Dolphins' goal-line back. Owners need not worry about Daniel Thomas. Miller will be a weekly borderline RB1/2. He's only 23. Miller's dynasty arrow is pointing straight up.

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In Other News…

Benny Cunningham led the Rams' backfield with 39 snaps played Monday night against the 49ers, with Zac Stacy and Tre Mason seeing 24 and 9 snaps, respectively. Mason did the most damage with 52 yards on six touches. Stacy yanked his calf in the Week 5 loss to the Eagles. But coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday that Stacy has "no physical issues," and the calf injury played no part in his diminished role. Fisher added that the Rams have "no problem" using a committee. Stacy was and has been the Rams' least-successful back all year. He's averaging 3.9 YPC after running at a 3.9 clip as a rookie. Stacy's in full-blown plodder mode. Cunningham is the least talented, while Mason is the best pure athlete but lacks pass-pro skills. We can't call Stacy droppable at this point, but he's merely an RB3. The only reason Stacy was in the RB1/2 discussion this summer was because he projected to handle the vast majority of the work in St. Louis' backfield. That hasn't been the case.

Marvin Jones' season is over before it even got off the ground. After such a promising 2013 campaign as a red-zone dominator, Jones battled foot and ankle issues all spring, summer, and this fall. The Bengals finally threw in the towel on Jones Tuesday by placing him on season-ending injured reserve. He's expected to undergo surgery after suffering a Jones fracture in the spring. It just never healed right. The Bengals hope to get A.J. Green (toe) back soon. In the meantime, Mohamed Sanu is the top dog at receiver and will be locked into No. 2 duties once Green is back. The Bengals signed Greg Little on Tuesday after also working out Da'Rick Rogers and Terrelle Pryor as a receiver. Jones will enter 2015 on the final year of his rookie deal. He's also now entrenched as a high-risk injury threat.

Storm Johnson apparently entered Week 6 on a carry count. Coach Gus Bradley said after the game that he only intended to give the rookie 10 carries. And that's exactly how it panned out, with Johnson managing 21 yards and one touchdown on his 10 totes. It suggests that Johnson hasn't yet gained the trust of the coaching staff after missing extended time with an ankle issue or they're simply not that high on him. Look for Toby Gerhart to get a chance to reclaim the starting gig once back from his sprained foot. It's a situation to avoid with Jacksonville's offensive line a complete and utter disaster.

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Quarterback & Running Back Slants

Tom Brady (ankle) was limited on Tuesday. He'll be fine for Thursday night. … 49ers re-signed backup QB Josh Johnson. … Free agent Terrelle Pryor worked out for the Bengals. It's believed he was in Cincinnati trying out as a receiver, however. … Josh McCown (thumb) has yet to resume football activities and is unsure when he'll return. The Bucs are on their bye week. … Teddy Bridgewater wants to work on getting rid of the ball faster. … The Browns have shown zero interest in extending contract-year Brian Hoyer's deal. … CSN Washington suggests Robert Griffin III (ankle) could return in Week 8. … Cowboys backup RB Joseph Randle was arrested in Texas on Monday night on shoplifting charges. He was trying to steal underwear and cologne. He's expected to be fined by the team. It's more embarrassing than anything else. … The Cardinals believe Carson Palmer's arm strength is at about 80 percent right now. … Coach Jay Gruden said he won't replace Kirk Cousins with Colt McCoy.

Wide Receiver & Tight End Slants

The Giants officially sent Victor Cruz (torn patellar tendon) to injured reserve and signed Kevin Ogletree. Corey Washington is expected to see an increased red-zone role. Cruz underwent successful surgery on Monday. It's said to be a tougher rehab than the ACL. … Reports Monday said the Giants were interested in trading for Bills WR Mike Williams. The Newark Star-Ledger reports "it's not going to happen." … Eddie Royal's ribs injury is not believed to be significant. … David Nelson (ankle) is expected to play Thursday night. Greg Salas (ankle, wrist) is expected to sit out. … Brandon Pettigrew will not see an increased role as a pass catcher. … Hakeem Nicks is frustrated with his role. What's new? … Julio Jones may be battling a foot issue, as he was seen "dragging" it in the locker room Monday.



Nick Mensio is a football writer for Rotoworld.com. The 2014 NFL season marks his third with Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter at @NickMensio.
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