Uncommonly disruptive inside as a gap-shooting presence at a quick 6-foot-1, 300 pounds, Atkins tied as the
Atkins, 24, is allowed to roam in the Bengals' defensive scheme, lining up all over the defensive line. He's regarded as one of the top young defensive players in the game.
Atkins earned a spot on the
"Geno is a very, very good player,"
Heading into Monday night's season opener against the Bengals, Atkins ranks extremely high on the Ravens' list of blocking priorities.
If the Ravens fail to contain him, the former fourth-round draft pick from the University of Georgia could immediately be on top of quarterback
Atkins didn't confine his success last season to the rest of the Bengals' opponents. He recorded nine tackles and one sack in two games against Baltimore.
"He is really tremendously athletic," Ravens coach
"Sometimes when you move, and you kind of shift their defense a little bit, he'll play over the center and play as a nose guard and do a great job. He's a pass rusher. As an inside rusher, you don't see that often, really athletic guy."