EE: Matt Moore
Moore is unfairly beaten up for playing poorly for a horrific Panthers team in 2010 (12 turnovers in his five starts that season), but he otherwise has been surprisingly good for the rest of his career.
An undrafted rookie in 2007, Moore was among the final cuts of the Dallas Cowboys despite a strong preseason performance. Seeing that, the Panthers picked him up and added him to the roster. Smart move: He ended up starting, and playing relatively well, in three games down the stretch.
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Moore also looked very strong in 2009 when he started five games for the Panthers, throwing for 1,053 yards with eight TDs, two interceptions and no fumbles lost.
Signing in Miami prior to the 2011 season, Moore also bailed out an 0-4 Dolphins team with a few gutsy performances and turned what looked like the worst offense in football to a 6-6 finish with a 16-9 TD-INT ratio despite a crummy offensive line and few weapons around him.
For some reason, Moore was also criticized for not holding off rookie Ryan Tannehill longer in 2012. But why? Mike Sherman was tasked to make the system work for the rookie, and thatís why Tannehill played right away after he showed it lights would not be too bright.
Moore, who turns 30 this summer, has put together a nice little NFL career and is the perfect backup: good enough to step in when called on yet not too sexy so as to distract attention away from the starter, even if Tannehill were to struggle.
Plus, Mooreís teammates describe him as very easy-going and smart, well-liked by just about everyone he has come to play with or for.