Jets Sign RB George Atkinson, Waive TE Bucky Hodges

The New York Jets announced Sunday that they’ve signed RB George Atkinson to a contract and waived TE Bucky Hodges.

Atkinson III, 25, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame back in 2014. He was on and off of their practice squad for his first two years in Oakland before being claimed off of waivers by the Browns at the start of the 2016 season.

Cleveland elected to bring Atkinson III back on a one-year, exclusive rights deal last year before cutting him loose in January. The Raiders claimed him off of waivers but he lasted just a few months in Oakland.

The Chiefs signed Atkinson to their practice squad at the start of the regular season and brought him back on a futures contract this past January. However, he was waived in April.

In 2016, Atkinson III appeared in all 16 games for the Browns and rushed for 34 yards on seven carries (2.1 YPC) and scored one touchdown. He also contributed 137 kick return yards.

Hodges, 22, is a former sixth-round of the Vikings back in 2017. He signed a four-year, $2.55-million contract with the Vikings and was set to make base salaries of $465,000 and $555,000 over the first two years of the agreement when Minnesota waived him with an injury designation coming out of the preseason.

Hodgers was later waived from the Vikings injured reserve midseason before signing on to the Panthers’ practice squad. Unfortunately, Carolina released him in October and it took until this past April for him to sign on with the Jets.

During his college career at Virginia Tech, Hodges caught 133 passes for 1,747 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns to go along with 89 rushing and 21 total touchdowns over the course of 39 games.

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