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Should Cowboys Be Interested in DT Geno Atkins?

The medical staff is regarded as one of the best in the league, starting with head physician Dr. Dan Cooper. So good in fact, that Geno Atkins visiting Dr. Cooper nearly passed as news of the formally visiting with the First Team All-Pro. Atkins hasn’t started a game since 2019 for the Bengals, appearing in eight games last season before being placed on .

The Bengals cut ties with one of their more recognizable veterans, who then went to Dr. Cooper for his shoulder . While this doesn’t count as a visit late in the for Atkins, the Cowboys will know his condition before any other team, and could try to lure Atkins for depth at a position they’ve been lacking at for some time.

The Cowboys have been linked to big name free agent DTs for as long as their defense has needed help on the interior, but does Geno Atkins make sense given what they’ve already done at the position?

Atkins has three seasons with double-digit , doing so most recently in 2018. This is a physical player at the line of scrimmage, not moved easily with a strong base and quick hands to shoot gaps as a pass rusher.

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The Cowboys learned their lesson last year that mid-tier free agency signings can often be stopgaps for younger players, forced to admit their mistake in DT after week seven. At the time, this meant more snaps for and – two DTs who are no longer on the Cowboys .

It also allowed 2019 pick to get the needed reps for development, though he was lost for the season with a torn ACL. became the next man up at 3T.

Dallas is hedging their bet on either Hill or Gallimore earning a starting role with picks and Chauncey Gholston behind them as interior options. The revamped at 1T features , , , and .

With a hands on in Dan Quinn working with the Cowboys – a luxury they didn’t have under in 2020 – the team should feel cautiously optimistic about their situation at DT.

Even if Dr. Cooper (the same doctor who performed the pre-draft surgery on ) gives Atkins a clean bill of health, it’s hard to picture him as anything more than a locker room presence with some flash play potential.

Early reports are that multiple teams could be interested in Atkins, creating a potential bidding war the Cowboys rarely find themselves willing to play in. The team has also shown a variety of three man fronts in so far, an alignment that doesn’t play to Atkins’ strengths.

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  1. Same ole scenario: Cowboys looking to sign players with injury issues!! I would say if they can get him at a bargain then bring him and let’s see if he had any fuel left in the tank!!

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