Dolphins QB Matt Moore: 'I'll be ready if they need me.'


Matt Moore

has been the runner up in a quarterback battle plenty of times in his


career, so learning he'd lost this summer's competition with

Ryan Tannehill

for the

Miami Dolphins

' starting spot wasn't uncharted territory.

That's why when Moore was asked if it was a challenge going through Monday's practice knowing he wasn't named the starter the six-year veteran joked, "Oh, I'm a great actor."

Moore's presently acting as if losing the starting spot he held for 12 games last season, leading the Dolphins to a 6-3 finish, doesn't sting.

“I was disappointed," said Moore, who has completed 12-of-27 passes for 136 yards (one touchdown) during his two exhibition games. "Obviously, if you play this game you want to play. As a leader of this team you want to be back there with the guys, but I understand the decision. I support the decision and I’m behind coach [Joe] Philbin and Ryan [Tannehill] 100 percent, and I’ll be ready if they need me.”

Moore, who has spent most of his six NFL season as a backup in Carolina, stressed that nothing changes for him. And the decision hasn't impacted his friendship with Tannehill, the team's first-round pick.

"I knew they were going to have to decide sometime soon. So I didn’t have any expectations," said Moore, who enters the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.5 million this season. "I’m disappointed, yeah. I think naturally as a competitor anybody would be disappointed, but I am 100 percent behind this and with the team so I am just ready to move forward.”