Miami Dolphins: Marlon Moore Finally Makes a Splash as a Fin

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IOctober 16, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14:  Marlon Moore #14 of the Miami Dolphins runs in to the endzone for a touchdown as  Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams looks on at Sun Life Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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No. 14 has not had that much success in a Dolphins uniform. Three years in the NFL, and he has only had nine catches in a professional game. And three of them came this Saturday against the St. Louis Rams in a 17-14 Miami victory.

Marlon Moore has had his clear ups and downs with the Dolphins, but this weekend was an "up." Ryan Tannehill targeted Moore just three times, but the backup receiver made the most of all his opportunities. He brought in all three balls thrown in his direction for 46 yards on the day, including a key 29-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter to put Miami on the scoreboard.

An undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, Moore was signed by the Dolphins in 2010. After a solid showing at training camp and preseason, Moore earned himself a roster spot.

He had six catches for 128 yards as a rookie, averaging over 20 yards a reception in limited playing time. His highlight reel featured a 57-yard touchdown catch against the Oakland Raiders in Week 12 of the season—his only catch of the matchup, but obviously a significant one.

In college, Moore starred on the football field for the Bulldogs. Red-shirted in his freshman year, Moore was able to shine as a junior in his second year of eligibility. He finished as the top receiver on the Fresno State squad with 48 receptions for 694 yards and five touchdowns. His college career also included a 63-yard punt return against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

While Moore will continue to see limited snaps in his defined role of the Dolphins, his ability to step up when he needs to makes him an indispensable weapon for Tannehill and a standout in this young receiving corps.

Hopefully, we will see more of him this season.