Atkinson has missed the cut for the Raiders' 53-man roster, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Atkinson was claimed by the Raiders in July, but he couldn't make enough noise during training camp to avoid the pink slip. He will now hit the open market if unclaimed through waivers.
Atkinson was claimed off waivers by the Raiders on Saturday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. After being waived by the Browns earlier in the week, Atkinson will return to Oakland, where he started his career in 2014. Atkinson will have a tough hill to climb in terms of breaking camp with the team, but he was very close to landing on Oakland's 53-man roster last season. He'll likely have to be a standout special teamer in order to remain with the club.
Atkinson was waived by the Browns on Friday, Cleveland.com reports. The 24-year-old failed to make much of an impact in 16 games with the team last season. He tallied 34 yards, one touchdown and one fumble on seven carries. He figured to play a role in the kick return game if he made the final roster, but he will now look for a new landing spot.
Atkinson re-signed with the Browns on Monday. Atkinson played in all 16 games with Cleveland last season but didn't see any rushing attempts until Week 17, when he had seven carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to continue as a special teams player in 2017 while also pushing for a larger role in the offense.
Atkinson has replaced Duke Johnson as Cleveland's kick returner, according to the team's official website. This move comes as a bit of a surprise, as Duke Johnson never even returned a kick during Sunday's loss to the Eagles, thanks to six touchbacks by Caleb Sturgis. The Browns may, however, want a more aggressive returner who isn't afraid of taking the ball out of the end zone, and Atkinson might just be the guy to do that.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/19||@New York Giants||25||19.00|
|13||12/03||@New York Jets||26||20.00|
|15||12/17||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||2||11||0||0||0||0||1|