Most significant move: As the Cincinnati Bengals got down to their 75-man roster limit Tuesday, the most significant move they made with respect to players who were cut was receiver Denarius Moore. Signed in April, the speedy wideout was expected to help the Bengals get faster at their pass-catching positions. It simply didn't work. Moore didn't flash as much as coaches had anticipated, and he was outplayed by other receivers on the roster. Moore's time in Cincinnati served as a reunion with Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who drafted Moore in 2011 while serving as the Oakland Raiders' head coach.
Injury-list designations help shape roster: In addition to the eight cuts the Bengals made this week, they also waived two others under the waived/injured designation and moved another two to a pair of injury lists. Once the two waived/injured players (receiver Onterio McCalebb and fullback Mark Weisman) clear waivers, they will revert to the Bengals' injured reserve. The other two moves (linebacker Sean Porter to the reserve/physically unable to perform list and rookie offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi to the reserve/non-football injury list) will require those players to miss a minimum of six weeks in the regular season. Their moves also allowed the Bengals to get down to Tuesday's roster limit without having to make additional cuts.
What's next? There may not have been many overall cuts once the Bengals got down to their roster limit, but others are coming. Like every other team, Cincinnati has to get down to 53 active players by Saturday. A couple other injury-list moves could be made, too. Regardless, Thursday's preseason finale at Indianapolis will be important for some of the players on the roster bubble. As head coach Marvin Lewis said Monday, that final preseason game serves to "confirm" much of the coaches' thoughts about keeping individual players.
Bengals' moves: WR Denarius Moore, WR Desmond Lawrence, LB Nico Johnson, DT Kwame Geathers, DE Sam Montgomery, OG Chris Jasperse, TE John Peters, WR Tevin Reese, FB Mark Weisman (waived/injured), WR Onterio McCalebb (waived/injured), LB Sean Porter (reserve/PUP), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (reserve/non-football injury).