Dontay Moch expects Bengals to use him at defensive end

Scott Iskowitz

After the draft, the odds of Dontay Moch making the 53-man roster look good 'if' he does well in training camp and the preseason.

The Cincinnati Bengals spent only one pick on their defensive line in the NFL Draft, but they may already have their replacements(s) lined up for the departed Michael Johnson.

One of those men could be defensive end Dontay Moch, who spent the previous season with the Arizona Cardinals after being among the final Bengals roster cuts in 2013. This, despite registering three sacks in the '13 preseason, and he notched one sack with the Cards in limited snaps in the regular season.

Prior to the draft, Moch told reporters that he expects the Bengals to use him at defensive end in 2014 after the Cards used him at LB last year.

"Here, I'm playing D-end," said Moch. "Doing what I do best. I'm pass-rushing and getting out there and putting my skills to the test. My career has always been as a rush-end or a blitzer and I've always enjoyed it. No matter where I'm coming from -- the backfield or the sides or even from deep down safety -- you put me there, I'll get it done."

Moch is confident new Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will find a way to effectively use him and allow Moch to showcase his maximum potential.

"He tries to break it down for anybody to understand," Moch said. "Any Joe Blow can come off the street and learn the system the way he teaches it. He tries to make sure he puts it out in a perspective for each person to learn because everyone learns differently. He'll draw it up and he'll tell you and he'll put it in football terms for you, whichever way you can learn."

The Bengals did draft Will Clarke ion the third round, but he's a very raw prospect who's probably in line for a redshirt-like rookie season.

Moch, along with Sam Montgomery and David King, will likely be competing  for that final DE roster spot vacated by Johnson leaving to sign a lucrative deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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