Memphis Showboats Re-Sign All-USFL DT John Atkins For 2024

Memphis Showboats Re-Sign All-USFL DT John Atkins For 2024

John Atkins is back in Memphis, which is excellent news for the Showboats organization. Atkins has played in the USFL the past couple of seasons, and had an All-USFL campaign in 2023.

During his college years, John Atkins was a standout lineman at Georgia. He went there with current New Jersey Generals DT Toby Johnson, and both dominated. During his final year in Georgia, he finished with 38 tackles.

Atkins then spent the next few years bouncing around between a few NFL organizations. In 2019, he ended up starting in six games for the Detroit Lions, totaling 20 tackles in twelve matchups played.

Then, in 2022, he joined the USFL to play for the Tampa Bay Bandits. Atkins was solid, racking up 26 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

He then was part of the team transfer to Memphis, where he earned All-USFL honors in 2023. With the Showboats, John Atkins registered 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks – starting in all ten games played. He also earned Defensive Player of the Week in week seven.

While Memphis ultimately didn’t make the postseason, Atkins was a key piece to a defense that saw much improvement during the second half of the season under Carnell Lake’s leadership.

Final Thoughts

After spending a couple of months in USFL free agency, John Atkins now re-signs with Memphis ahead of the USFL-XFL merger. While we don’t know all the details quite yet, the two leagues are officially merging for 2024.

As it stands right now, it seems like the Memphis Showboats are a team who will be present in the merged league. Atkins, realizing this, probably pushed him into re-signing with Memphis now.

As the 2024 season approaches, the Showboats have some things to sort through. The organization is without HC Todd Haley, and odds are we will see one of the coaches from a disassembled team make the move over, once the merger is complete.

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