He was the only Bengal that was initially selected, recording 42 combined tackles and 4.5 sacks. It would’ve been easy for Atkins to be left off the roster as well as his numbers were down compared to his career averages, averaging over seven sacks a season.
The league’s only one-win team really didn’t have many snubs either.
Star Joe Mixon hasn’t had an above-average season after being the AFC’s leading rusher last year. However, those consistent high-level performances didn’t even get him a spot on the AFC’s roster a season ago.
This season, with a subpar offensive line, Mixon has failed to find his rhythm, only coming on in the last few games. Expect a breakout season for the 23-year-old next season.
That said, Tyler Boyd hasn’t performed up to his potential. The offensive line has been consistently a disaster, the linebacking corp had their issues all season, and the team’s secondary was oftentimes exploited multiple times a game.
The Bengals had just one Pro Bowler, and they were one of six teams to see just one player nominated to the team.
The Bills, Broncos, Jaguars, Jets, and Lions were the other five teams that only saw one player selected. Oddly enough, all six teams that will only have player representing their organization had that player come from the defensive side of the ball.
That said, for Cincinnati, their typically guaranteed Pro Bowler, A.J. Green, has missed the entire season. He’s been out with an ankle injury that was sustained during the preseason and has lingered on.
Aside from Green, first-round pick Jonah Williams had a chance to have a terrific season yet was injured before he was really able to get involved with the Bengals. Those two should come on strong next year.
The Bengals should also have the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to look forward to.