The stud defensive tackle has been named a starter for the AFC in this year’s all-star game.
“Geno has put together another outstanding season,” said head coach Marvin Lewis in a press release. “He’s played well versus the run and versus the pass. It’s very rewarding for him to be elected to the Pro Bowl again. He deserves it.”
This is Atkins’ seventh career Pro Bowl nod, moving him ahead of cornerback Lemar Parrish (six) for most selections by a defensive player in Bengals history. The ninth-year pro leads the Bengals this season with 10 sacks, a total that also ranks second among NFL interior defensive linemen. He also leads the team in QB hits (19) and tackles for losses (13).
Additionally, safety Clayton Fejedelem was voted a first alternate for special teams. Wide receiver Alex Erickson was voted a third alternate as a returner. Joe Mixon was voted a third alternate at running back. A.J. Green was voted a fourth alternate at wide receiver (there’s no chance he goes as he’s in the midst of a 3-4 month recovery from toe surgery).
Alternates are added to the game if voted player(s) in their position group are unable to participate. Selections from the two teams reaching the Super Bowl will be among those unable to play, as will players who are not cleared due to injury.
The 2019 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando (FL) on ESPN and simulcast on ABC.