Atkins was voted in 2016 to his fifth Pro Bowl in seven campaigns, and was named first-team All-Pro by The Sporting News ... Had 4.5 sacks in the last four games and claimed NFL season lead for sacks by interior linemen (nine) ... Has twice led NFL outright in interior-line sacks (2012 and ’16), and has shared league lead twice (’11 and ’15) ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Dec. 11 at Cleveland ... No Bengals DL has had as many Pro Bowl selections, and Atkins is second behind CB Lemar Parrish (six) for most by any Bengals defensive player.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2010 NFL Draft (120th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-17-10 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 9-2-13.
Pro Bowl participation: Selected to and played in five games ... Starter in 2016 season game at Orlando, helping lead 20-13 AFC victory, with 1.5 sacks among his three tackles ... Starter and team captain for victorious Team Irvin in 2015 season game at Honolulu, leading team’s D-line in tackles (four, with two for losses) ... Started for victorious Team Irvin in 2014 season game at Glendale, Ariz. (no statistics) ... Voted as AFC starter for 2012 season game and had one tackle ... Two tackles (one for a loss) for AFC in 2011 season contest.
He’s a sack man: Propelled by four seasons of leading or tying for the lead in sacks by NFL interior linemen, Atkins has raised his career sacks total to 52. That was the most among active interior linemen as the 2016 season concluded, five ahead of Ndamukong Suh of Miami. Atkins’ total ranks fifth in Bengals history and first among interior linemen.
2016 general: Started Games 1-16, with 32 tackles, including a team-leading nine sacks ... Among NFL interior linemen, Aaron Donald of Los Angeles ranked second in sacks with eight ... Atkins also led Bengals in tackles-for-loss (13) and QB hits (26) ... Named Defensive MVP in the AFC North by vote of ESPN.com beat writers covering the division.
2016 game-by-game: Four tackles on Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets, including one-yard sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick, one-yard TFL on Matt Forte in a goal-line situation, and one additional TFL ... Credited with 1.5 sacks for a combined loss of 10.5 yards against Ryan Tannehill on Sept. 29 vs. Miami ... Three QB hits Oct. 23 vs. Cleveland, tied for team high ... Sacked Kirk Cousins for 12-yard loss to Washington 12 on Oct. 30 vs. Redskins in London, helping force a punt ... Had team-high three QB hits against Eli Manning, including an 11-yard fourth-down sack, on Nov. 14 at N.Y. Giants ... On Dec. 11 at Cleveland, his 11-yard sacks of Robert Griffin III on consecutive plays in fourth quarter helped seal victory, and he had four total QB hits for the game ... His three tackles Dec. 18 vs. Pittsburgh included one-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger, and he had one additional QB hit ... Had a seven-yard sack of Tom Savage among his three tackles Dec. 24 at Houston ... Shared a sack of Joe Flacco on Jan. 1 vs. Baltimore and had one additional QB hit.
Previous seasons: 2010—Fourth-round draftee played his way into regular D-line rotation early in training camp ... Went on to play in every game, with one start, and led team in coaches’ compilation of QB pressures (19) ... Had 20 tackles, and was second on team in sacks (three) ... Had first career solo sack on Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland, dropping Colt McCoy for one-yard loss ... Three QB pressures in first pro start, Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh. 2011—Played in every game, with 15 starts, and started Wild Card playoff at Houston ... His 7.5 sacks tied DT Tommy Kelly of Oakland for NFL lead among interior linemen ... First interior lineman to lead Bengals in sacks since 1996 (Dan Wilkinson with 6.5) ... His 68 tackles ranked second on line ... Second on team in QB pressures (22) ... Tied for team lead in combined fumbles forced/recovered (four) ... On Oct. 9 at Jacksonville, scored his first TD at any level of football after recovering a fumble from QB Blaine Gabbert on Jacksonville’s final play and returning 10 yards for the score ... Had five tackles with a sack in the team’s Wild Card playoff on 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—Started all 16 games and Wild Card playoff at Houston, and his team-leading 12.5 sacks in regular season were 4.5 ahead of next-best NFL interior lineman (Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh at eight) ... Set Bengals record for sacks by an interior lineman, easily topping Dan Wilkinson’s eight from 1996 ... Tied for team lead in forced fumbles (four) ... Also led Bengals in tackles-for-loss (15) and QB pressures (35) ... Named as AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Cincinnati’s playoff-clinching win Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, sacking Ben Roethlisberger twice for 17 yards, forcing a fumble and leading line in tackles (eight). 2013—Started at DT in Games 1-9 ... Suffered knee injury (ACL tear) in second quarter of Game 9, Oct. 31 at Miami; and placed Nov. 4 on Reserve/Injured list ... His six sacks led the team through the point of his knee injury. 2014—Named to his third Pro Bowl, as injury replacement for Detroit DT Ndamukong Suh ... Totaled 34 tackles, three sacks (second on team), eight tackles for-loss (second) and seven QB hits (third) ... On Nov. 23 at Houston, tackled RB Alfred Blue in the end zone for a safety in second quarter, giving Bengals 9-0 lead ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, had 10-yard sack of Johnny Manziel to force a punt. 2015—Started in Games 1-16, with 11 sacks (second on team, tied for first among NFL interior linemen) ... Second on team in QB hits (19) ... Also started in Wild Card playoff ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, logged 10-yard sack of Alex Smith and a TFL on a rushing play ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, sacked Russell Wilson at the scrimmage line on third down in fourth quarter, forcing a punt, and Bengals then drove for tying FG that sent game into overtime ... His two tackles Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh included one for a loss on a running play and an eight-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers’ final possession ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, logged four tackles, including one for loss on a running play, and an eight-yard sack of Johnny Manziel in fourth quarter ... Season-high two sacks Dec. 20 at San Francisco, both against Blaine Gabbert and also had a four-yard tackle-for-loss against RB Shaun Draughn ... His three tackles in Wild Card playoff Jan. 9 vs. Pittsburgh included a five-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger.
College: Played four seasons (2006-09) at Georgia ... Named team’s defensive MVP as a senior ... Played in team’s last 45 games of his career ... Totaled 50 games and 23 starts ... Helped Bulldogs post 38-14 record, including 4-0 in bowl games ... Totaled 120 tackles, with 11 sacks.
Personal: Hometown is Pembroke Pines, Fla. ... Attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where he was named Florida Class 5-A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... His father, Gene Atkins, had a 10-year NFL career at S with New Orleans and Miami ... Was a housing major at Georgia ... Enjoys traveling, playing pool and movies ... First name is pronounced “JEE-no.”
The only thing more notorious than Geno Atkins’ first step is his last word because there are so few of them that come before it. The guy who defensive line coach Jay Hayes calls “a man of few words,” was the talk of Bengals training camp Wednesday when he passed his physical and came off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Just a few hours before Bengals Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins sufered a season-ending knee injury Thursday, Hall of Famer Warren Sapp reminded us why he's so valuable.
"We're pleased to be able to announce the signing of the extension for Geno. I know he's relieved and glad it’s behind him. Now he can move forward and focus on football."
This week's State Farm Right Combination is Geno Atkins and sacks. Geno Atkins recorded back-to-back sacks on Robert Griffin III en route to being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.