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Geno Atkins | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 300
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (120) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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The Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski reports the Bengals are focused on signing contract-year DT Geno Atkins to an extension before Week 1.
According to Owczarski, it is the same story with DE Carlos Dunlap. 2018 will be the final year of a five-year, $53 million extension Atkins signed in 2013. The All-Pro has easily lived up to that deal, and he remained one of the best defenders in the league in 2017. His age -- he turns 30 in March -- could depress his value somewhat, but Atkins should be looking for at least $14 million a year on his next deal. Feb 11 - 10:35 AM

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Bengals DT Geno Atkins will play in Denver on Monday night despite having the sickle cell trait.

Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark has the same condition and usually sat out when his team played in Denver because of the high altitude. Atkins played there once in 2011 and didn't have any issues. He owns PFF's second-highest defensive tackle grade this year out of 70 qualifiers.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins has reportedly been the best player on the field so far in training camp.

Even back at OTAs, DL coach Jay Hayes described Atkins as "scary" on the practice field. The Bengals badly need Atkins to regain form after he lagged to three-sack season coming off a torn ACL in 2014. Put simply, Atkins is the key to the Bengals' defense. He's a game-changing three technique when healthy.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 11:10:00 PM

Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes said Geno Atkins has looked "scary" this offseason.

"It's scary how fast and explosive he is right now," said Hayes. "I think he has the confidence that he has his legs under him." Atkins looked tentative at times last season while working his way back from an ACL injury. That hasn't been the case at OTAs. "He looks as good as any guy we've got on our team," said defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. All signs point to a bounce-back season for Atkins.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 10:14:00 AM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther acknowledged DT Geno Atkins wasn't the same player in 2014.

Atkins tore his ACL in Week 9 of 2013. He returned to play every game this season, but was a shell of himself. "We need to get him back to where he was when he was one of the best three techniques in the game," said Guenther. "This year he was just three technique No. 20. He was just a guy out there." Atkins recorded just 34 tackles and a career-low three sacks. He turns 27 in March and has four years left on his $56.4 million contract.
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 06:34:00 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) will make his preseason debut Sunday.

Atkins has been practicing since late July, but wasn't cleared for full team drills until this week. He's expected to play "a couple series" in Sunday night's regular-season dress rehearsal. Ten-months removed from ACL surgery, Atkins remains on track for Week 1.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) has been cleared to practice and removed from the active/PUP list.

There was previously precious little information regarding Atkins' recovery from his Week 9 torn ACL. He'll likely be limited to side work and individual drills for the next few days and sit out most of the preseason, but Atkins should be all systems go for Week 1. Atkins' return is a massive boost for the defense.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther said he expects DT Geno Atkins (knee, active/PUP) to be ready for Week 1.

Coach Marvin Lewis said they'll hold Atkins on the active/PUP list for a few days to open training camp just to "get a look at him." It sounds like he'll be practicing sometime within the next week or so. The Bengals will likely limit Atkins' snaps during the preseason in an effort to have him 100 percent for the opener.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him there will be OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), CB Leon Hall (Achilles), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring). Updates on Atkins' status have been scarce, but he's now roughly nine months removed from blowing out his knee. He could end up missing the entire preseason, but should still be considered better than 50-50 to be ready for Week 1. His status will be updated in the coming weeks.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 04:02:00 PM

ESPN Bengals blogger Coley Harvey reports "it's anyone's guess" whether DT Geno Atkins (ACL surgery) will be ready for the start of the season.

Atkins is six months removed from his ACL tear and remains questionable for training camp. Updates on his status have been hard to come by, but Atkins should avoid opening the year on the reserve/PUP list and be ready for Week 1. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are getting increased reps during OTAs.
Sat, May 31, 2014 07:29:00 PM

The Bengals' website expects DT Geno Atkins (ACL surgery) to be ready "at some point" in training camp.

Atkins hasn't had any setbacks, but is just three months removed from the ACL tear and will be in a race to get cleared by the start of camp. He's expected to avoid opening the season on reserve/PUP and should be ready for Week 1. An All-Pro in 2012, Atkins had 20 tackles and six sacks over nine starts before going down. He graded out as the No. 11 defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 05:22:00 PM

The Bengals' website expects Bengals DT Geno Atkins' (right ACL surgery) training camp availability to be a "tight fit."

Atkins suffered his ligament tear on Halloween and will likely open 2014 training camp on the active/PUP list. The Bengals are likely still counting on Atkins to be ready for Week 1. Despite the in-season losses of top pass rusher Atkins and top cover corner Leon Hall (Achilles'), Cincinnati still finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in total defense. It's a testament to DC Mike Zimmer, who ought to be rewarded with a head-coaching job.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 09:04:00 PM

Bengals placed DT Geno Atkins (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Atkins tore the ACL in his right knee on Thursday night. In a best-case scenario, the Bengals will get the All-Pro back for Week 1 of next season. Interior linemen have a far better chance of returning to form off this injury than a skill player. Atkins' fourth NFL season ends with 20 tackles and six sacks in nine games. He was signed to a six-year, $56 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed just two months ago.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:44:00 AM

Coach Marvin Lewis confirmed DT Geno Atkins tore his right ACL on Thursday night and is done for the season.

It's a crushing blow and is quite possibly the biggest defensive injury of the season. A year after registering 12.5 sacks and 53 tackles, Atkins was on his way to posting another All-Pro season. His year ends with 20 tackles and six sacks. Atkins was sitting at No. 5 in Pro Football Focus' defensive tackle ratings. The Bengals are expected to search the street for defensive tackle help. Richard Seymour is a name to keep an eye on. That's pure speculation on our part, though. Seymour wants money and the Bengals have plenty of cap space.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins sustained a right ACL injury in Thursday's Week 9 loss at Miami.

It's perhaps the most significant defensive injury of the season. Atkins has emerged as the best interior lineman in the league by a wide margin over the past three seasons, dominating against the run while also racking up 18.5 sacks over his last 25 games. Just two months ago, he inked a six-year, $56 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed and $22 million in the first six months. The Bengals have now lost Atkins and top corner Leon Hall (Achilles) for the season. They're losses that will be almost impossible to overcome.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 01:37:00 AM