The Miami Dolphins signed former Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore to compete with incumbent starter Chad Henne for the spot at the top of the depth chart this year. Unfortunately for Moore, new NFL rules prevent him from practicing until August 4th. As he stands on the sidelines and watches, Henne runs the first team offense.
"I'm learning as fast as possible," Moore said during his introductory press conference. "It's a nice cushion before I get thrown out there. Sit back and watch, and get a little head start. I'll try to come in and play my best ball. I'm going to make all the throws and make all the right reads."
The positive for Moore is Head Coach Tony Sparano's familiarity with him. Moore was in Dallas' 2007 training camp, when Sparano was an assistant with the team. "Matt was really a guy who had a tremendous training camp for us, really a surprise at the time, [as an] undrafted free agent," Sparano said. "I watched this kid compete at a pretty high level during that training camp against some pretty good players."
Although he only completed 55.2 percent of his passes with 10 interceptions and 5 touchdown passes in 6 games last year in Carolina, Moore's presence in Miami, and eventually on the practice field, could be the push Henne needs to become the quarterback everyone thought he would be back in 2009. Or, Miami may be quickly moving on to the Matt Moore era.