Hart grad Moore to start for Dolphins

By Haley Sawyer

Last update: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The work/life balance is important, but it can be difficult to pull off.

Between getting a promotion at work and having a baby, Dolphins quarterback and Hart High grad Matt Moore is doing exceptionally well in the work/life department.

Last Sunday, against the Cardinals, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered an ACL injury and had to leave the game. Moore entered the game and filled in adequately, throwing on the Fins’ game-winning drive that ended with a field goal.

The day after, Moore welcomed a new son, Wyatt, into his life.

The day after that, he returned to the office as usual, ready to resume his role as starting quarterback and prepare for this week’s game against the Jets.

Moore’s no-fuss, everything-is-normal attitude has rubbed off on the Dolphins, who are confident in their new play-caller.

“There are no limitations,” Miami receiver Jarvis Landry told the Miami Herald. “Matt has practiced like he was the starter. He’s taken all of those mental reps, and he’s taken some of those physical reps as well. For us, it’s continuing to do the things that we do well, and win one game.”

Moore will have his first start in five years Saturday at 5:25 p.m. against the Jets. The Dolphins are second in the AFC East behind the Patriots.

Giants’ running back and Valencia High grad Shane Vereen has had an eventful season for himself, bouncing on and off the active roster.

In Week 3, Vereen tore his triceps and was sidelined until last Sunday against the Cowboys. But after just three snaps, he was taken out of the game once again, this time for a concussion.

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen works out during NFL football practice, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen works out during NFL football practice, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

However, nj.com reported that he was at practice on Wednesday afternoon, and Associated Press photos showed him working out Thursday.

It is unclear, though, whether or not he’ll play this Sunday against the Lions.

Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants defensive end and former College of the Canyons player, is also dealing with injury.

Two weeks ago, he collapsed in the game against Pittsburgh and did not return to the field.

Last Wednesday, according to The New York Times, he underwent sports hernia surgery and will be out for an estimated six weeks. The Giants, who sit second in the NFC East, have not released an official timetable for his return.

Fellow former Cougar and current Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko has started all 13 games in his 11th NFL season. He has 28 tackles on the season and three pass deflections.

COC alumnus Mychael Rivera, a tight end in his fourth season with the Raiders, has played in 10 games this season and started in one of them. He has 15 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown, which was scored against Tampa Bay in Week 4.

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Hart grad Moore to start for Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) look to pass under heavy rain, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Moore replaced Tannehill who was injured during the game. The Dolphins defeated the Cardinals 26-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The work/life balance is important, but it can be difficult to pull off.

Between getting a promotion at work and having a baby, Dolphins quarterback and Hart High grad Matt Moore is doing exceptionally well in the work/life department.

Last Sunday, against the Cardinals, starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered an ACL injury and had to leave the game. Moore entered the game and filled in adequately, throwing on the Fins’ game-winning drive that ended with a field goal.

The day after, Moore welcomed a new son, Wyatt, into his life.

The day after that, he returned to the office as usual, ready to resume his role as starting quarterback and prepare for this week’s game against the Jets.

Moore’s no-fuss, everything-is-normal attitude has rubbed off on the Dolphins, who are confident in their new play-caller.

“There are no limitations,” Miami receiver Jarvis Landry told the Miami Herald. “Matt has practiced like he was the starter. He’s taken all of those mental reps, and he’s taken some of those physical reps as well. For us, it’s continuing to do the things that we do well, and win one game.”

Moore will have his first start in five years Saturday at 5:25 p.m. against the Jets. The Dolphins are second in the AFC East behind the Patriots.

Giants’ running back and Valencia High grad Shane Vereen has had an eventful season for himself, bouncing on and off the active roster.

In Week 3, Vereen tore his triceps and was sidelined until last Sunday against the Cowboys. But after just three snaps, he was taken out of the game once again, this time for a concussion.

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen works out during NFL football practice, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen works out during NFL football practice, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

However, nj.com reported that he was at practice on Wednesday afternoon, and Associated Press photos showed him working out Thursday.

It is unclear, though, whether or not he’ll play this Sunday against the Lions.

Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants defensive end and former College of the Canyons player, is also dealing with injury.

Two weeks ago, he collapsed in the game against Pittsburgh and did not return to the field.

Last Wednesday, according to The New York Times, he underwent sports hernia surgery and will be out for an estimated six weeks. The Giants, who sit second in the NFC East, have not released an official timetable for his return.

Fellow former Cougar and current Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko has started all 13 games in his 11th NFL season. He has 28 tackles on the season and three pass deflections.

COC alumnus Mychael Rivera, a tight end in his fourth season with the Raiders, has played in 10 games this season and started in one of them. He has 15 catches for 168 yards and one touchdown, which was scored against Tampa Bay in Week 4.

About the author

Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and primarily covers Football, boys basketball, girls soccer and girls golf for The Signal.