Let’s get this out there: Knowshon Moreno understands he has work to do.

Much has been made about Moreno’s place in the Miami Dolphins’ pecking order after working extensively with the third and fourth strings Monday. Incumbent starter Lamar Miller appears to have an early leg up in the running back competition.

And Joe Philbin has already acknowledged that Moreno’s fitness probably needs some improvement.

Moreno, for his part, agrees.

“I’m definitely not there,” Moreno said when asked by The Miami Herald if he’s where he needs to be physically. “This is just the beginning. It’s just the beginning, getting your feet wet, and when you have time off, working at those little things, getting back to where you need to be, and once camp comes, it’ll be good.”

So no, as Moreno acknowledges, he is not in game shape yet. And it might be why Miller took the bulk of the snaps with the starters at Monday’s Organized Team Activities.

Moreno is still by far the most accomplished running back on the roster, and just one of three current Dolphins to appear in a Super Bowl (Dannell Ellerbe and Mike Wallace are the others).

So the Dolphins are going to give him every opportunity to win the starting job – even if it’s in name only. History suggests it will be a by-committee approach.