Reviewing former Oregon State QB Matt Moore's journey to the NFL

Dylan Mickanen
NBC Sports Northwest

There are numerous Pro Beavs in the NFL, but quarterback Matt Moore will be the most important one in the coming weeks.

After Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap during Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos, Moore thrust into action. He threw for 117 yards and a touchdown in relief of Mahomes to lead the Broncos to a 30-6 victory. 

Mahomes' exact timetable for his return remains a mystery, but most believe it will only be a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Moore will start in his first NFL game since the 2017 season. 

Let's review how he got here:


Moore began his college career at UCLA playing sparingly before transferring to a junior college. After a season in JUCO, he commited to play at Oregon State, where he'd see immense success, highlighted by a 10-win season and a victory over No. 3 USC. 

Carolina Panthers

Following his senior season, Moore declared for the 2007 NFL Draft, where he was not selected. He was courted by the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, but chose to play for the Cowboys since they only had two quarterbacks. The Cowboys later cut Moore with hopes of adding him to the team's practice squad, but the Panthers claimed him off waivers.

In Carolina, Moore began as the third-string quarterback but after injuries to Jake Delhomme and David Carr, Moore got an opportunity to play. His first completion was a 43-yard pass to Keary Colbert. On Dec. 16, 2007, Moore started his first game as a Panther against the Seattle Seahawks throwing for 208 yards in the win. Moore would finish out the season as the Panthers starting quarterback going 2-1. 

Moore missed the 2008 season after breaking his fibula in the Panthers preseason finale. In 2009, he played sparingly, before starting the last five games and winning the starting job for the 2010 season. The Panthers later spent a second-round pick on quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) and the two players would trade off starting quarterback duties before a shoulder ended Moore's season in Week 9. 

Miami Dolphins

Moore would spend the next seven seasons playing for the Miami Dolphins, primarily as backup quarterback. He started some games in relief of the starter, but never solidified the starting gig for good. 

His most notable action came during the 2016 season when Ryan Tannehill suffered a sprained MCL and ACL. Moore would replace Tannehill following the injury and lead a game-winning drive against the Arizona Cardinals. He would finish out the season as the starter since Tannehill never recovered in time. Moore's season would end after losing the lone playoff start of his career 30-12 in Pittsburgh during the Wild Card round. 

Moore would play one more season for Miami before spending the 2018 season away from football.

Kansas City Chiefs

Following an injury to backup quarterback Chad Henne, the Chiefs signed Matt Moore to backup Patrick Mahomes. Now after Mahomes' injury, Moore will once again be starting in the NFL. 


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Reviewing former Oregon State QB Matt Moore's journey to the NFL originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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