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Dolphins' QB Matt Moore returned because of faith in Philbin, organization

Dolphins' QB Matt Moore returned because of faith in Philbin, organization
Matt Moore warms-up before the start of the game against the Jets. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets. Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL. 12-28-14. Jim Rassol, Sun Sentinel. (Jim Rassol / Sun Sentinel)

Matt Moore was ready for anything in free agency. But in the end, the familiar fit turned out to be the right fit for the Dolphins' backup quarterback.

That's why Moore, who is entering his fifth year with the Dolphins and his fourth as Ryan Tannehill's backup, re-signed rather than seeking a starting job elsewhere.

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"I view myself as someone who always can compete and play and win in this league," Moore said. "I think if you view yourself as anything else it's a disservice to yourself.

"Just because I signed back with Miami, obviously with Ryan being the guy, it doesn't make me see myself in a different light. I believe in myself and I believe I can play and do those things I said, but the way everything worked out puts me in the position I'm in, and I'm fired up about it and happy about it."

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In the previous three seasons Moore is 15-for-29 passing for 205 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in five games. His claim to fame with the Dolphins was in 2011 when, after a shoulder injury to starter Chad Henne, Moore led the team to a 6-6 record in 12 starts.

The Dolphins hosted Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson for a visit last week but weren't interested enough to sign him to a contract.

Moore said he looked at other opportunities "very seriously" but decided he should stay where he knows the offense and "what coach (Joe) Philbin has kind of laid out and following the plans he's put in front of us."

As for the Dolphins' situation among pass-catching players, Moore admits there will be some transition time. The Dolphins traded wide receiver Mike Wallace to Minnesota, released wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, and lost tight end Charles Clay to Buffalo in free agency.

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They're left a talented but unproven crew that includes wide receivers Jarvis Landry (who was a rookie last season), Kenny Stills (who is entering his third season), and Rishard Matthews (who has never been a starter), and tight end Jordan Cameron, who has had one season of more than 24 receptions.

"We lost four of our top five pass catchers," Moore said. "I think management knows what they're doing, there's a plan and as a player and part of the organization you've got to respect and move forward in a positive way with the decisions that have been made.

"They've done some work to get other guys that are talented and should help us win and that's all you can ask for."

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