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Matt Moore expected to be Dolphins' starting QB

ATLANTA -- Upon his arrival at the NFL's spring league meeting, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told and NFL Network that he expects Matt Moore to be the starting quarterback when the 2012 season begins.

"I don't think they're going to rush (Ryan Tannehill) into anything," Ross said. "He's going to have to win the starting job. I think Matt Moore will probably be the starter, and I wish him the best."

Asked when he expects Tannehill to take over the job, Ross didn't discount the possibility of Moore remaining the man in Miami.

"Whenever (Tannehill) is ready," Ross said. "And if Matt Moore develops, so be it. We want a franchise quarterback."

After signing quarterback David Garrard, the Dolphins took Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, giving them three ostensible competitors for the starting job.

Ross had previously indicated that the Dolphins would not be pushing Tannehill too far too fast, telling The Palm Beach Post over the weekend that he doesn't want the young quarterback to be placed in a situation he isn't ready to handle.

"The important thing is not to have great expectations up front, and bring him along," Ross told the newspaper.

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