Tuesday Bengals Practice Update: Dontay Moch Getting Looks At Defensive End

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Dontay Moch of Nevada runs a drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Bengals' coaching staff seems to love project players. They also love players that exhibit versatility on the football field, being able to play multiple positions. One such player is outside linebacker Dontay Moch, who was drafted in the third round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Nevada. He was labeled as "'tweener" in the draft; a guy who could definitely rush the passer, but wasn't big enough to be an every-down NFL defensive end.

Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Moch has been receiving reps at defensive end in nickel packages, which would be a situation that seemingly fits the second-year player well.

If the team's past is any indication, Moch could be a player that they slide in that spot on third down situations and kick a player like Carlos Dunlap inside. They did this same thing when Antwan Odom was on the team and it's similar to what the New York Giants do with players like Justin Tuck.

Moch faces a bit of an uphill battle in 2012. In order to shake the label of "bust", he'll need to have gotten past his migraine issues that plagued him and 2011 and will need to perform well after his four-game suspension for using a banned substance is over.

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