DT Geno Atkins has been to the Pro Bowl twice for the Bengals. His return will make the recent release of DE Michael Johnson much easier to handle.
Bengals DT Geno Atkins returned to camp for practice on Wednesday for his first time since tearing his ACL in a Halloween game against the Dolphins that caused him to miss the second half of the season.
”When you have a guy like him out there, the rules change,” DL coach Jay Hayes told the Associated Press. ”People will adjust their protections to find where No. 97 is.”
Atkins has made the Pro Bowl twice since being drafted by the Bengals in 2010, once in 2011 and then again in 2012. He was also named Second Team All-Pro in 2011 and First Team All-Pro in 2012.
The Bengals were in the top 5 of all major defensive categories in the AFC in 2013 en route to their 3rd consecutive season with a playoff appearance – a franchise record.