Atkins notched a pair of sacks and five tackles in Sunday's victory over the Browns. After failing to record a sack in three games, Atkins got to Robert Griffin twice to give him 6.5 sacks on the season. As an interior lineman, his unsteady production makes him an upside-only lineup option in IDP leagues.
Atkins posted 1.5 sacks along with two tackles in Week 4 against the Dolphins. The defensive tackle has just 11 tackles over four games to start the season, but Atkins now has 2.5 sacks, which puts him just behind the pace that saw him drop the quarterback 11 times last year. In leagues that reward heavily for sacks, he's one of the very few interior linemen who can compete with edge rushers, and he's looking to post the third season of his career with double-digit sacks.
Atkins had a sack in the Bengals' first-round playoff loss to the Steelers, capping off a big rebound season. In addition to the playoff sack, Atkins had 11 sacks in the regular season, second only to his big breakout season in 2012 where he had 12.5 sacks. The Bengals are still well-equipped to have a great pass rush in 2016, with Atkins and Carlos Dunlap leading the way.
Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins only had three sacks a year ago. Having had to spend much of last offseason rehabbing a torn ACL, Atkins wasn't able to look like his old self during the 2014 regular season. However, Atkins has looked much improved in OTAs, at least according to Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes. "Scary," Hayes said, via the Bengals' official team site. "It's scary how fast and explosive he is right now. I think he has the confidence that he has his legs under him. He feels like he did." In 2012, Atkins recorded a career-best 12 1/2 sacks. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther believes Atkins could be on his way back to that level. "He looks as good as any guy we've got on our team. On the defensive side at least," Guenther said. "He's real explosive. He looks strong. He looks as good as he's ever had. I'm proud of the way he's come back. He gives us a huge boost. Huge. You're talking about one of the elite players in the league."
Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was named to the Pro Bowl roster Friday. It will be his third Pro Bowl appearance. Atkins totaled 34 tackles (20 solo) and three sacks in 16 games in 2014.