The Cincinnati Bengals dipped into the open market, bringing in a new player, though not a face new to fans of the team. After being released by the Arizona Cardinals, defensive end Dontay Moch was claimed off of waivers. Moch was originally a member of the Bengals, having been drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent two injury plagued seasons in Cincinnati where he saw little action and was allowed to leave the team. He also spent four games under suspension to start the 2012 season.
Moch garnered plenty of attention at the 2011 NFL Combine, where he blistered the track by running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, an amazing time for a defensive end. The Bengals drafted him with the hope that he would translate that speed into quarterback pressure and be a pass-rush specialist. A broken foot and migraines, as well as an inability to earn field time, left him out of the rotation and expendable. Arizona signed him, and he recorded his first career sack for them, but he was let go.
The Bengals, having lost Michael Johnson, and released James Harrison, could use some depth in the front seven, and Moch, obviously athletic and talented, though raw, could provide value. The team will give him a shot to earn a roster spot in camp. He’ll need to take advantage of his second chance.