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3. Geno Atkins

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3. Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins played the first eleven seasons of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he has been the brightest part of their defense for most of that duration.

Atkins only started one game as a rookie after being drafted from Georgia, and the Fourth Round Pick became the permanent starting Right Defensive Tackle.  That year, Atkins was named to the Pro Bowl and has been eight times overall and was later be a First Team All-Pro.  Atkins has been one of the best pass-rushers over his tenure, securing three 10-sack years and six double-digit years in Approximate Value.  All of his injuries compiled, and after a poor 2020 season, he was released but did so with 75.5 Sacks and 100 Tackles for Loss.

As of this writing, there is no better defensive player in the history of the Bengals, and he isn’t done yet.  There is an excellent chance that he could be the second Bengal to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, following Anthony Munoz.  

Atkins was named to the 2010s All-Decade Team.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle
  • Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round, 120th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/24/10.
  • Departed: Released: 3/19/21.
  • Games Played: 161
  • Notable Statistics:

    134 Games Started
    8 Forced Fumbles
    2 Fumble Recoveries
    10 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    75.5 Quarterback Sacks
    384 Combined Tackles
    229 Solo Tackles
    155 Assisted Tackles
    100 Tackles for Loss
    105 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2012 & 2015)
    Second Team All-Pro (2011)
    Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)

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