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Bengals coach comments on claiming KeiVarae Russell from Chiefs

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The only thing I've seen from the Cincinnati Bengals talking about claiming KeiVarae Russell from the Kansas City Chiefs is this quote from Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis (H/T Cincy Jungle):

"He's a prospect that we felt like had an opportunity to be an NFL corner. Right now we took the opportunity to add him to the football team. Cornerback is a position where you need players. There's not a lot of guys hanging around that step in and go play NFL corner productively. We've been fortunate. We like to add those guys. It gives us more flexibility for Josh Shaw if we add another guy like that."

The Bengals were 24th in the waiver wire order so I wonder if they expected to actually get Russell because it means that 23 other teams passed on the right to claim him, which is a little odd. Maybe it's just the timing of this with it coming after Week 1 when most rosters are set but I figured more teams would have taken a look at Russell.

It's still bizarre that the Chiefs cut him so early - earlier than any other draft pick this year - and we don't really know why other than a "football decision".