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Atkinson III shows impressive speed at scouting combine

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 12:57 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders can address a glaring need at kick returner by turning to a familiar face in George Atkinson III, who sparkled at the NFL scouting combine Sunday.
Atkinson III is the son of former Raiders standout defensive back George Atkinson. He auditioned in front of NFL owners, general managers, scouts and coaches in Indianapolis in hopes of being selected in the NFL draft in May.
He posted times of 4.39 and 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash Sunday, with Raiders owner Mark Davis and Atkinson’s father looking on from a suite in Indianapolis.
The Raiders, of course, crave fast players. Just as important, they are in need of a player who possesses Atkinson’s kick returning ability.
Atkinson III shined in that capacity during his collegiate career at Notre Dame. He averaged 24.3 yards and scored two touchdowns on kick returns during his three-year career for the Fighting Irish.
Atkinson III also averaged 6.2 yards rushing and scored 10 touchdowns in a complementary role.
Taiwan Jones led the Raiders with a 24-yard average on kick returns last season. However, he has a history of trouble hanging on to the ball and is far from a lock to retain that job next season.
Atkinson III bypassed his final year of college eligibility. His decision came on the heels of being suspended for Notre Dame’s final game, against Rutgers on Dec. 28, for what coach Brian Kelly termed “a violation of team rules.”
Atkinson III defended himself via Twitter by saying that he got suspended for texting during a team meal, something he did all season.
Atkinson III is a Granada High School graduate. He also was a regular visitor to Raiders practices during his formative years, along with his twin brother Josh.

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  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Gets down there super fast. Maybe next year he can make a tackle?

  • RaidingTexas

    69 is not really that old though. My grandparents were born before 1920 and lived well past that age.

  • Guest123
    I thought the blue chip OL’s would have an impact on the top 5 earlier this morning. Here’s Kirwan basically agreeing with me.

  • Raider O

    Boys said the Raiders showed a lot of interest in the sr bowl

  • jesusraiderjim

    Welcome back MONKEY!!

  • Guest123’s Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have “strong interest” in re-signing free agent Josh McCown, and that the Jets and Bucs are also interested.

    Rapsheet lumps the Bucs in with the Bears’ “strong interest.” Chicago’s interest should go without saying after McCown flourished in Marc Trestman’s system as Jay Cutler’s backup last season, but the Bucs and Jets should be careful not to overpay. McCown is a 35-year-old (in July) journeyman who was managed and manipulated to success by an offensive guru. New York and Tampa Bay likely don’t have the coaching-staff horses to keep McCown’s resurgence going.

    Related: Jets, Buccaneers

    Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter

  • Raider O

    Thx Stoned Monkey. I can’t wait for the draft

  • jesusraiderjim

    Word. Sure would like to see us get Veld locked up.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist


  • Just Fire Baby

    Make the returner move his feet and down shift is almost as important.
    The tackle will follow shortly thereafter from somewhere else.
    Go Lakers

  • Just Fire Baby

    I was wondering if ANYONE from the scouting department was going to show up for work, lol

  • RaidingTexas

    At a reasonable price. I’m afraid he values himself higher than you should a guy who missed half the season due to being an idiot in the weight room.

  • Raider O

    JV and Houston for the right price. I don’t see the point of getting one pass rusher and losing another.

  • dplunk

    I hope Veldheer & Houston , and the other Raiders that deserve contract offers doesn’t play too much “hard ball” with the Raiders due to the fact that there needs to be as much continuity as possible.

  • Goldie7

    New post bloggers.

  • jesusraiderjim

    I hear you just think he has been fairly solid and would be good for continuity. “Just Continuity Baby”

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. I get it. But gunners can make a tackle once in a while too

  • Raider O

    Lol. I don’t know how effective I can be this season. I didn’t watch the sr bowl, didn’t watch the combine, so I doubt I can be useful this season.
    Go Aztecs. Fear the spear!

  • Guest123

    I don’t think so. It’s a passing league, and there are a glut of RB’s with the same skillset available in free agency, late in the draft or even UDFAs. Knowshon Moreno is an average at best RB and some foolish team is going to overspend to get him. The days of paying for marquee RB’s is over. There is Adrian Peterson and then there are a bunch of replacement level guys. Chris Johnson is going to be cut because he won’t take a paycut from his $8 million yearly salary. But good luck to him finding another team that is doling out that kind of dough for a RB. RB’s are trending to be the minority wage workers of the NFL. Too many of them and nothing extraordinary about them. Churn and burn em.

  • DKnight007

    Yeah. Makes sense. If he doesn’t like the qb’s or the qb he wants is not there at 5…it wil be Mack or Watkins being the Raiders pick!

  • Gdog

    I think this kooks point is that even if we get a great QB now, it will be all for naught with a crap team around him. Pretty sure he wants to be the worst team in the league for a few years (3 or 4) before we get a QB.

    He won’t come out and SAY he wants to lose, of course, but I think that is what he wants…

  • RaidingTexas

    Yep, agreed. I would even be willing to pay a little over fair value given those reasons. Not sure where the two sides currently value him right now.

  • Raider O

    Exactly. Who cares about winning when you have continuity. Just 8-24 baby!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    3rd in the league ST tackles after week 10 with 11 tackles and a FF. Can’t find season stats.

  • SlashNHack

    I remember the talking heads laughing at him and he was about to cry…. It was horrible!!!!

  • RaidingTexas

    This team has been anything but continuity. They turned over more than half the roster last season.

  • dplunk

    we do realize that basically a whole new team of FA’s and draft pics will only create new familiarity may have the same coaching staff, but your philosopies will be taught to a whole new team.
    So I can see DA, and Staff saying “give us one more year for continuity”. smh

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What he isn’t coming out and saying is he’s hoping for a Pryor comeback and any other QB makes that a longer shot than it already is.

  • marks hair

    Smh…. looks like Reggie has his priorities in order again this offseason

  • 0ak R8rs

    Seems like he whiffs a lot. I know he makes plays too. He’s now one of the highest paid ST players in the league. $4.6 million over 3 years. He better make plays. Not so sure we have any kind of plan.

  • kenchun24

    Yeah …RIP Harold Ramis thanks for the many laughs at the movies from my youth.

  • TrevJo

    You downplay the difference between 4.53 and 4.84 (which is actually a 6.8% difference)… but that is the same ratio as a 4.12 vs a 4.4, which would be a big F-ing deal.

    Also, phrasing your arugment as percentage of reps vs percentage of 40 time is disingenuous. If one guy can do 1 rep of a certain weight and another can do 5 reps of the same weight they are almost exactly equal in strength despite the one guy doing 500% more reps. So what I am saying is that Watt is not nearly 60% stronger than Clowney. I’m sure you already understand this but I am not going to let that slide for the casual reader.

  • Howard Benner

    I imagine he’s been talking to front office types & this, plus the fact he didn’t participate in on the field drills after eluding to no qualms about doing so weigh heavily on his eval. . .

  • Howard Benner

    I didn’t see how Mason fared catching the ball. . .Sankey acquainted himself well.

    My fav “under the radar” Olineman is Billy turner of North Dakota State. He is a ackle that can kick into guard. Has a great upside. . .

    But the lower one goes in the draft the more apt you are to get “maulers” that aren’t really “power guards. . .”

    Martin can play any position on the Oline. He could conceivably be the Raiders Rt (if/when Veld signs) & the Raiders could kick Watson inside to guard. . .

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  • Return

    Yep. I keep saying that there is far too much turnover and tough schedule for this team to do much this year. But that will be the new excuse and this will be the “introduction” to the reconstruction phase.