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The Bengals’ 53-man roster announcement sparked a lot of reactions across the NFL. Here are our thoughts — and yours — following Saturday’s news.

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The Bengals have created an initial 53-man roster with quite a few surprises.

Among those surprises are seven wide receivers making the cut, Ryan Hewitt and Michael Johnson getting released, KeiVarae Russell and rookie defensive linemen Andrew Brown getting waived and second-year defensive tackle Josh Tupou making the roster among only eight defensive linemen.

There will be changes coming. Guys like Cody Core and Davonte Harris could end up in Injured/Reserve by Monday. Harris almost certainly will. That could lead to Russell returning, if he clears waivers. The Bengals could look to sign some guys off the waiver wire, too. Maybe a quarterback, cornerback or defensive lineman, for example. The cornerback group is pretty questionable and it doesn’t seem like the Bengals are fully confident in Jeff Driskel backing up Andy Dalton. That, after Matt Barkley was placed on Injured/Reserve with a season-ending MCL sprain.

Maybe Johnson will actually be back on the roster soon, too. Though, the Raiders reportedly are interested in him after trading away Khalil Mack to start off the day on Saturday. Oakland also traded for AJ McCarron later in the day, taking him away from the Bills.

Here are some reactions from us, you, the media and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis following the release of the 53-man roster.

Bengals release 2018 53-man roster!

Posted by Cincy Jungle on Saturday, September 1, 2018