John Atkins (American football)

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John Atkins
No. 99 – Detroit Lions
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-21) December 21, 1992 (age 26)
Thomson, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Thomson
(Thomson, Georgia)
College:Georgia
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:2
Sacks:0
Forced fumbles:0
Player stats at NFL.com

John Atkins (born December 21, 1992) is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia.

College career[edit]

Atkins spent five seasons as a member of Georgia Bulldogs, redshirting his freshman year.[1] During his redshirt senior season, Atkins made 38 tackles, including one for a loss, as the Bulldogs' starting nose tackle.[2]

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

Atkins signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2018.[3] Considered a long shot to make the team, Atkins was cut by the Patriots at the end of training camp on September 1, 2018.[4][5]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Atkins was signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad on September 3, 2018.[6] Atkins was waived by the team on November 30, 2018 but subsequently re-signed to the practice squad.[7] Aktins was promoted to the Lions' Active roster on December 18, 2018 after defensive tackle Da'Shawn Hand was placed on injured reserve.[8] Atkins made his NFL debut on December 23, 2018 in a 27-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, making two tackles (one for loss).[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, Jason (March 31, 2018). "John Atkins spent six years as an amateur football player. Now, it's off to the NFL 'to get some money'". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Rowe, Jake (January 14, 2018). "At least four UGA players invited to NFL Combine thus far". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Herbert, Michael (April 29, 2018). "Free agency roundup: Undrafted former Georgia players sign with NFL teams". The Red & Black. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Buchmasser, Bernd (August 5, 2018). "New England Patriots 2018 roster breakdown: #TBD DT John Atkins". PatsPulpit.com. SB Nation. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Daniels, Mark (September 1, 2018). "Patriots cut 26 players with more moves to come". The Providence Journal. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Atkins, Nate (September 3, 2018). "Lions cut LB Trevor Bates and sign a DT to finalize practice squad". MLive.com. Advance Publications. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Schlitt, Erik (November 30, 2018). "Lions add WR Deontez Alexander to practice squad, waive DT John Atkins". Lions Wire. USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Rogers, Justin (December 18, 2018). "Lions place rookie Da'Shawn Hand on injured reserve". The Detroit News. USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "John Atkins Career Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 25, 2018.

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