The Cincinnati Bengals picked up Denarius Moore in the off-season to compete for a wide receiver spot and on Tuesday his chances of making the roster improved greatly with the news of James Wright heading to the injury waivers list. The big question is will he be able to outlast Brandon Tate, Cobi Hamilton, and any other non-roster camp invite, maybe even Dane Sanzenbacher?
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Moore was signed by the Bengals after he left Oakland without a new contract. He hasn’t really shown the Bengals much in OTA’s and mini camp, but heading into camp might be a different story. He is playing for his spot on the 53-man roster and with it closer in reach than it was just a few hours ago, it could spark motivation to step up his game.
Hue Jackson was one of his head coached in Oakland and the current Bengals offensive coordinator may be able to get the best out of him since he did coach Moore’s rookie season. Moore finished 2011 under Jackson with 33 catches and 618 receptions five touchdowns and no fumbles lost. His best season came a year later in 2012 when he finished the season with 51 receptions for 741 yards and seven touchdowns and only one fumble lost.
Moore has shown in Oakland he has the talent to be a number three or four wide receiver. He seemed to lose his confidence after Oakland dropped him low on their depth chart and is getting a second chance in Cincinnati. His numbers haven’t been bad through three seasons of consistent play and if he can find himself in training camp, he could provide a huge boost in a position who needs a number four receiver to emerge from a list which just got one player shorter.
Moore could be a solid option in his one year deal in Cincinnati and with many fans begging for a change from Brandon Tate, he could be a breath of fresh air. I don’t see him returning to 100 percent of his old self, but he could be an upgrade from Tate, if Jackson can get him into form during camp. He makes the roster but I see him being low man on the depth chart to start.