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By on September 10, 2014 at 5:55 am

1acam_FansAndy Cohen In The Morning appears on dolphins.com every Monday through Friday, except for the bye week, until the end of the season. The column will be posted each day at 6 a.m. Be sure to follow Andy Cohen on Twitter at @ACohenFins

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Q. Andy, can Knowshon Moreno carry the ball 20-25 times a game all season to take some of the pressure of Ryan Tannehill? @SteelCityOwlfan

AC: I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he touched the ball at least 20 times a game. Consider he didn’t catch a pass against the Patriots and that’s one of his real strengths. So when you combine his carries with some receptions, you’ve got a lot of touches. Moreno is durable. He is tough. He is still young at 27. There is no reason he can’t handle a major workload.

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Q. The way the back-up linebackers played against New England, what does this mean for Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler? @ljc7975

AC: Well, Ellerbe is now lost for the season and Wheeler still has some issues with his hand so we’re going to be seeing a lot more of guys like Jason Trusnik, Jelani Jenkins, Chris McCain and even Jordan Tripp once he returns to full strength. Despite the loss of Ellerbe, this is a promising situation with some young players clearly on the rise. I’m anxious to see how they respond and which one of that group elevates his game to earn more playing time. Right now, Trusnik’s stock is real high.

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Q. After Moreno’s statement game, do you still split carries with Lamar Miller? @ecantres

AC: They didn’t split carries against New England: Moreno had 24, Miller had 11. That’s about how I expect it to continue. Miller is more a home run threat while Moreno will just pound you all day. It seems to be a good situation for both players. More than likely, the Dolphins will stay with the hot hand.

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Q. How much of a pleasant surprise has it been to see linebacker Chris McCain make a huge impact on both special teams and defense? @az_dolfan

AC: Very pleasant and very unexpected. You just can’t know if an undrafted rookie is going to stick around, let alone play right away. McCain has already shown that he clearly belongs. He has the size, ability and right mental frame. I like the way he plays. I like his hunger. Yet another move by new GM Dennis Hickey that seems to be working out well. Keeping track?

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Q. Andy, your thoughts about Caleb Sturgis. I know he hit all four field goals on Sunday, but it’s my impression that he is below average. @OKC_Sweden

AC: With all due respect, it my opinion that he is above average. Yes, there were some consistency issues last season. But he is healthy again, hit all four against New England and seems to be getting excellent length on his kickoffs. It’s too early to make any final judgment on a second-year player. But I believe Sturgis has a chance to kick in this league for a long time. The Dolphins will play in a lot of close games this season. They need Sturgis to come up big.

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Q. With so much put into beating the Patriots, do you have a concern of a letdown against Buffalo? @jrn26

AC: A letdown? Against a team that beat you twice last year and has won three of the last four? Against a team that just upset the Bears in Chicago? Against an AFC East rival in a matchup of 1-0 teams? I also know the Dolphins played their worst game of the season when they visited Buffalo last year. All of those factors should be motivation enough. A letdown? I’d be shocked.

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Q. What was your impression of the rookie debut of right tackle Ja’Wuan James? @fins4evr

AC: With the exception of a holding penalty that negated a touchdown, James played well. The moment didn’t see too big for him. I’ve already seen enough of James to believe that you can pencil him in at tackle for the next decade or so. Yes, he has a chance to be that good.

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Q. Do you believe that Ryan Tannehill can significantly improve his accuracy and his leadership to become a franchise quarterback? @finfanatic12

AC: First, leadership doesn’t appear to be an issue. From the first day of training camp, Tannehill has shown a willingness to lead. As for his accuracy, my major concern remains the deep pass. He seems to have an excellent feel for most of the short and intermediate throws. But until he shows a real consistency on his deep throws, I’m going to continue to wonder. I can not diminish the importance of this. Tannehill must develop a better feel for the deep passing game.

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Q. Andy, why can’t we beat the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo? @rodneyworks23

AC: Too many chicken wings the night before the game? No, seriously, I’ve covered this team a long time and many of the most depressing moments have occurred in Buffalo. I’m not sure you can put a finger on an exact reason. But I know it needs to change. Joe Philbin told me in the offseason that the only game last season that disappointed him in the effort department was at Buffalo. I believe the players have gotten the message. I really expect the same type of effort this Sunday as we saw last Sunday against New England.

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Q. Admit it, Andy, you were shocked like all of us to see that second half performance against the Patriots? @rigormark39

AC: OK, I admit it. After three turnovers in the first half, after falling behind by 10 points at the break, I never imagined a complete reversal of form. That’s why this great game is so unpredictable.

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Q. Andy, now that we’re 1-0 and have beaten the mighty Patriots, are you ready to start talking playoffs? @maryrodgers343

AC: Slow down. Take a deep breath. Check out the calendar. It’s still early September. Playoffs? After only one game? Come back in late November and I’ll have a better idea.

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(On Thursday, AC in the AM wonders whether Cameron Wake is already one of the top defenders in team history).

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