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Will Matt Moore be Miami Dolphins' starting QB?

Training camp is here. They allow tackling there and everything. Around the League will count down the top 30 position battles to watch throughout the preseason.

No. 8: Miami Dolphins QB: Matt Moore vs. David Garrard vs. Ryan Tannehill

Top 30 training camp position battles


No. 30: Seahawks running backs
No. 29: Packers No. 3 receiver
No. 28: Broncos backup running back
No. 27: Bengals cornerbacks
No. 26: Raiders backup quarterback
No. 25: Cardinals receiver
No. 24: Jets right tackle
No. 23: Jets linebacker
No. 22: Redskins running back
No. 21: Giants No. 3 receiver
No. 20: Patriots receiver
No. 19: Colts tight end
No. 18: Rams receivers
No. 17: Jaguars quarterbacks
No. 16: Bears wide receivers
No. 15: NFL safety battles
No. 14: Jaguars No. 2 receiver
No. 13: Bears left tackle
No. 12: Randy Moss vs. Father time
No. 11: Lions receivers
No. 10: Cardinals running back
No. 9: Ravens pass rusher
No. 8: Dolphins quarterback
No. 7: Buccaneers running back
No. 6: Steelers defensive end
No. 5: Dolphins wide receiver
No. 4: Cardinals quarterback
No. 3: The Oakland Raiders
No. 2: Titans quarterback
No. 1: Seahawks quarterback

• Tannehill will get the most attention, even if you ignore his wife's contributions. The next month matters more to Tannehill's long-term development than Garrard and Moore combined. And yet Tannehill doesn't have a realistic chance to start in Week 1.

• Reggie Bush guessed that Tannehill was likely to be the No. 3 quarterback. Despite knowing offensive coordinator Mike Sherman's offense from their days together at Texas A&M, Tannehill was always supposed to take time to develop. He doesn't have a lot of experience at quarterback. He's very raw as a pocket passer. If he starts games this year, it will probably come in December.

• That leaves Moore vs. Garrard. Dolphins observers that watch practice every day seem to believe Garrard is the slight favorite. Moore isn't known as a great practice player. His skill set doesn't wow you. He's a "gamer" that is learning another new system.

• Moore is an underrated player. He's a younger Kyle Orton at worst, and we mean that as a compliment. You can win with him. He looked very good last year, while Garrard, 34, wasn't even in the NFL.

• You could make an argument this battle doesn't matter much. The Dolphins wideout crew is rough around the edges. This team will be lucky to win seven games. Moore can have a long career, but the Dolphins don't see him as a long-term answer.

Projected winner: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told NFL Network's Jeff Darlington that he expected Matt Moore to be the team's Week 1 starter. Moore is our pick as well.

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