QB Matt Moore - Miami Dolphins
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General News (Tue Jan 23): is not expected to be re-signed as he would like to explore his options to see if he'll be a better fit in another city, according to a source. Moore has been in Miami since 2011.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 12 vs NE (23 / 34 / 215 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
With Jay Cutler injured, Matt Moore started against what had been a very generous Patriots defense. He completed 23 of 34 passes for 215 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Moore struggled for much of the game, despite the running game being effective, he was unable to create any big plays down the field. Moore's longest gain of the game went to Kenny Stills for 28 yards, but it came in the fourth quarter after the Patriots had the game in control. The Patriots defensive line man handled the Miami offensive line, sacking Moore seven times. This forced Moore to get the ball out early and much of his yardage came on short screens and dump offs to his receivers. Moore has been given the chance to start twice this season and both times has shown why he has been a backup quarterback for his entire career. Other teams have feasted on the Patriots secondary, but the combination of inaccurate throws and pressure from the Patriots defensive line forced Moore into a poor performance. Jay Cutler is still questionable for week 13, but if he is healthy there is no doubt the Dolphins will go with him over Moore.
2017 Week 11 vs TB (17 / 28 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Moore came in to open the second half and immediately started firing downfield, stretching the Bucs defense. A long bomb to Kenny Still was on target, but broken up. The passing rhythm of the Dolphins offense picked up when Moore came in, and Jarvis Landry moved them into the red zone with a long catch and run and by drawing a pass interference penalty. Anthony Fasano caught a score on a scramble by Moore, but it was called back as Fasano had stepped out of bounds before the throw. The Dolphins settled for another field goal after Moore moved into range by finding Kenny Stills open downfield on a play he extended. After a failed fourth down run, Moore got the ball back one more time and found Stills streaking downfield on third and long (one of many he converted) when the line gave him time to throw. The play went the distance for the game-tying score. Moore has earned the right to start again, although Adam Gase might not see it that way.
2017 Week 8 vs BAL (25 / 44 / 176 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matt Moore has been one of the few backup quarterbacks across the NFL to stick with a team for a long period of time, as he's been with the Dolphins for seven years. He's played well when called into duty in the past, but he picked a bad time to have a poor audition. With Jay Cutler injured, and providing very little in the passing game, Moore got the start against the Ravens and it did not go well. He completed 25 of 44 passes for no touchdowns and two interceptions and failed to advance his offense past the Baltimore 32 yard line. The Dolphins did not have a red zone attempt in the game, which went a long way in making sure they did not score any points. The Miami offensive line didn't do him any favors though, as the Ravens sacked him three times and forced him to throw early on the majority of his throws. Still, Moore was shaky in the pocket, and was inaccurate even when he had time to throw. Perhaps he would fare better against a less aggressive defensive front, but it doesn't look like he'll get that chance as Adam Gase confirmed this week that Cutler would return for the Dolphins week 9 game against the Raiders.
2017 Week 7 vs NYJ (13 / 21 / 188 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Moore was in tune with his offense right away despite coming off of the bench. He made subtle moves in the pocket to create throwing lanes and consistently looked at least 10-15 yards downfield on his passes. He did throw a pick when he didn't read the free safety deep, who stepped in front of a long pass, but then atoned for his error with a long scoring toss to Kenny Stills who beat his man easily. Moore was able to move the offense again with downfield passing, including a few penalties drawn by Stills on long passes, and Stills got the game-tying score when he ran free in the front of the end zone on a short score. Moore is more than capable as the starter and showed again that he is one of the better backups in the league.
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