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Bengals Bytes (9/3): Players the Bengals should keep an eye on after cuts

The 53-man roster is never really set in stone, and their are some quality players the Bengals could take a look at before Week 1.

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Mike Johnson says he's back with Bengals
The Bengals have to make a corresponding move and figure to do it before Monday afternoon’s practice as they prep for next Sunday’s opener (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Indianapolis. The opener against the Colts marks Johnson’s defense-leading 127th Bengals’ game, tying him with Super Bowl right end Ross Browner and leaving him behind only nose tackles Tim Krumrie (188) and Domata Peko (171) and ends Eddie Edwards (170) and Robert Geathers (152) for games played on the franchise’s defensive line.

Andrew Brown, Russell Signed to Practice Squad
The Bengals brought back two cornerbacks when they formed their practice squad Sunday after KeiVarae Russell and C.J. Goodwin cleared waivers. They also were able to sign up one of the two draft picks they cut in fifth-round defensive tackle Andrew Brown, as well as one of their more impressive rookies in undrafted linebacker Chris Worley.

Bengals sign ex-Jets QB Christian Hackenberg to practice squad
Hackenberg’s only appearance with the Eagles came in Week 4 of the preseason against the Jets and he stunk it up. He threw two interceptions and fumbled once.

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 takeaways from cutdown day
The Cincinnati Bengals made some surprise moves on Saturday in trying to get their roster down to the 53-man limit set by the league. The release of 10th-year defensive end Michael Johnson was one of them, as the Bengals decided to go with only eight up front instead of the usual nine or 10 for a 4-3 defense.

NFL cuts Bengals should consider before regular season begins
The Cincinnati Bengals like where they are at right now. After making the cut to 53, the team didn’t claim any players on waivers and didn’t lose any to the wire either, formulating the practice squad of their choice.

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