In late April, the Bengals signed wide receiver Kashif Moore as an undrafted free agent. The former UConn standout saw his stock rise after impressive performances at February's NFL Combine and the Huskies pro day. And though he didn't hear his name called during NFL Draft weekend, he had at least 15 teams clamoring for his services before he settled on the Bengals. Hopefully, those teams remain interested because Cincinnati released Moore Monday, a source confirmed to NBCConnecticut.com.
The move got the Bengals down to 75 players, as per NFL rules. The team will trim the roster to 53 players by Friday afternoon.
Moore faced stiff competition at wide receiver. In addition to last year's top pick, A.J. Green, Cincy drafted Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu in the third round this April. And while Sanu flashed potential, Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy wrote last week that Sanu was "way behind" Armon Binns and Brandon Tate on the depth chart. Then there's Marvin Jones, another rookie draftee, who led the team in catches (T-5th) and yards-per catch (22.2) through three preseason games. Moore had one reception for five yards.
So while his stay in Cincinnati was a brief one, there's bound to be interest in Moore on the open market. As we mentioned above, nearly half the league inquired about him after the draft and there are still plenty of WR-needy teams (see: Jets and Dolphins).
As a senior at UConn, Moore caught 41 passes for 604 yards and five touchdowns.