2012 Bengals Player Performance Predictions: Defense Round 1

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This will be the first round of the defense predictions. Just like the offense, I will give what I think the players will do this season. I am just limiting it to 4 players at a time, so there will be multiple rounds of both offense and defense. I’ll revisit this as the season draws closer.

 

Sept 25, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs the ball by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) at Paul Brown Stadium. San Francisco defeated the Bengals 13-8. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

 

Geno Atkins, DT-

Geno had a wonderful season last year. He recorded 7.5 sacks and was very disruptive to opposing quarterbacks. He earned a spot in the Pro Bowl and was one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL. Atkins has barely scratched the surface on his potential. He is used primarily as a pass rush specialist and has a knack for getting in the opponents’ backfield. He is able to beat offensive linemen, even when being double teamed. He has a high motor and plays with a lot of intensity.

While last season was a coming out party for Geno, the sky is the limit for what he can do. He is in the upper tier of defensive linemen and will take another step towards securing the top spot.

2012 Prediction- 11 sacks

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