Signed by Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, May 16, 2014…Waived by Raiders, Aug. 30, 2014...Re-signed by Raiders to practice squad, Sept. 1, 2014…Signed by Raiders to active roster, Nov. 30, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
2014: Joined the Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 16…Waived by Raiders on Aug. 30…Spent most of his rookie campaign on the practice squad, appearing in five games after being promoted to the active roster on Nov. 30…(11/30) at StL.: Made NFL debut, playing on special teams…Returned three kickoffs for 47 yards…(12/7) vs. SF: Contributed one special teams tackle, the first of his career…(12/21) vs. Buf.: Saw extensive action on special teams…Returned one kickoff for 21 yards…(12/28) at Den.: Contributed on special teams…Returned three kickoffs for 66 yards…Had a career-long return of 28 yards in the third quarter.
COLLEGE: Played three years at Notre Dame, appearing in 37 games at running back and kick returner…Totaled 153 rushing attempts for 943 yards (6.3 avg.) and 10 TDs…Also returned 88 kickoffs for 2,136 yards and two TDs…Set school record in kickoff return yards…Served as team’s primary kickoff returner all three years…Saw action in 12 games with four starts as a junior in 2013…Ranked second on team with 93 carries for 555 yards and three TDs…Led team with 6.0 yards per rush…Returned 31 kickoffs for 780 yards…Averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return to rank 25th in the nation…Had an 80-yard TD run, marking Notre Dame’s longest since 2000, against Oklahoma…Saw action in 12 games as a sophomore…Ranked third on team with 361 rushing yards on 51 carries…Tied for second on team with five rushing TDs…Led team with 7.1 yards per rush…Had 22 kickoff returns for 441 yards…Averaged 20.0 yards per return…Played in all 13 games as a freshman…Tied school record with two kickoff returns for TDs…Became first Notre Dame player since 1997 to record two kickoff returns for TDs…Became first freshman since former Raider WR Raghib Ismail in 1988 to record two scores on kickoff returns…Named second-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele Publications and honorable mention All-American by SI.com as a kick returner…Had 35 kickoff returns for 915 yards and two TDs…Kickoff returns marked second most in program history, while yardage set Notre Dame record…Averaged 26.1 yards per return…Also rushed for 27 yards and two TDs on just nine carries…Tied for third on team with nine special teams tackles.
PERSONAL: Attended Granada High School in Livermore, Calif. …Rated No. 89 on Rivals.com list of top-100 players in the nation…Rushed 172 times for 1,669 yards and 17 TDs as running back…Also played wide receiver and defensive back…Helped team to North Coast Section Division I semifinals and school’s first playoff appearance since 2005…First-team All-East Bay Athletic League as a running back and second-team all-league pick as a defensive back…Named third-team All-East Bay as utility player by Bay Area News Group…A first-team all-metro pick as a utility player…Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl, serving as captain of the West team…Played in Holiday Bowl Classic between Sacramento and Bay Area standouts…Selected for Team USA vs. The World all-star game in Austin, Texas…As a junior, carried 106 times for 965 yards and 10 TDs…Scored four TDs in season opener and later rushed 11 times for 200 yards and three TDs in a single game, adding a TD on a kickoff return…Named second-team All-EBAL as a defensive back...Also a track standout…Earned medals in California state track meet in the 100- and 200-meters as a sophomore…Father, George Atkinson, Jr., played for the Raiders for 10 seasons from 1968-77, helping lead the Silver and Black to the Super Bowl XI title, and has worked as part of the Raiders’ broadcast team…Twin brother, Josh, has played defensive back and wide receiver at Notre Dame…Active in the community, participating in the NFL Play 60 Character Camp and the Hispanic Heritage Month Gatorade Junior Training camp at Fairview Elementary in 2014.