2014 Strength of Schedule - MIA
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:27pm
While it would be nice for the Denver Broncos to get running back Montee Ball into a preseason game for a few snaps, get him a carry, see him run through some contact, his real target date to be ready to go is still Sept. 7, or the regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
Ball, who had an appendectomy Aug. 4, returned to the practice field Tuesday and did a little more on Wednesday, but as it stands now the Broncos’ top running back is not expected to play in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Houston Texans. And since the Broncos usually play few, if any, starters in the fourth preseason game, Ball’s most likely return date is still the regular-season opener.
We're not worried at all about the injury, though his conditioning might need some work if he doesn't see game action prior to Week 1. Ball had a higher YPC (4.7) than Knowshon Moreno (4.3), but wasn’t quite the weapon in the passing game. Still, his catch percentage (receptions/targets = 74.1%) wasn’t bad for a running back. His play down the stretch (8.5 FP/game in final eight games) is encouraging. He’s locked in as the RB1 in a great offense, so 10+ touchdowns seems likely.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 1:48pm
Knowshon Moreno was a top five back a year ago for the Denver Broncos. He had nearly 1,600 all-purpose yards and finished with 13 total touchdowns. He was also a PPR dream hauling in 60 receptions.
The Miami Dolphins aren’t the Denver Broncos. Moreno is coming into Miami in a reserve role. He’s expected to spell Lamar Miller during passing downs. He’s also already suffering from injury problems. He missed most of training camp after being placed on the PUP list.
Don’t expect another huge season from Moreno. He joins a crowded Miami backfield and has already had his knee scoped this offseason. Having said that, he does add value for Miami.
His pass-protection and ball security make him valuable on passing downs. He didn’t lose a single fumble in 2013 despite touching the ball over 300 times. But this is not Moreno’s team. Miller is expected to carry the primary load, making Moreno only worth a late selection.