Cincinnati Bengals to Watch vs. the Colts

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Aug 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) is spun around by a tackle by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Dontay Moch (52) during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dontay Moch

Dontay Moch was drafted by the Bengals in 2011 with their third round pick.  He’s an incredibly athletic defensive end from Nevada and proved as much by finishing as the top performer amongst defensive ends (at the combine) in the 40-yard dash (4.44s), vertical leap (42″), and broad jump (128″).  Although Moch performed extremely well during preseasons (6.5 sacks in 8 preseason games in 2012-2013), he struggled to get onto the regular seasons field due to a foot injury and a relentless battle with migraines.  Last year, Moch played for the Cardinals throughout the year and managed to register his first career sack while staying healthy.

Although Moch was originally trained as a linebacker by the Bengals, he has been moved back to his natural position this preseason.  Moch has had another strong preseason thus far, recording two tackles (a sack and a tackle-for-loss) and one QB hit in 43 snaps; he’s only played in two of the three games thus far after not playing in the Jets game.

Moch offers the kind of versatility the Bengals look for.  He’s more productive as a down lineman, but wouldn’t be lost if he needed to fill in at linebacker.  His athleticism could allow him to contribute on special teams; something he’d have to do if the Bengals choose to carry an extra lineman.  Personally, I always liked Moch and was excited to see him play when the Bengals drafted him.  Since that opportunity was never afforded to him while playing for the Bengals, I’d love to see him on the final roster and contributing to the defense as a pass-rushing specialist.  Moch has a golden opportunity tomorrow night, hopefully he’ll take full advantage of it.