With his first season with the Atlanta Falcons under his belt, Feleipe Franks could step into new territory and play his second position in two seasons with the Falcons.
In Atlanta’s open practice on Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, backup quarterback Feleipe Franks was spotted lining with the tight ends group throughout the practice and even going deep for a pass in offensive reps.
In fact, he wasn’t even seen wearing a red non-contact jersey similar to other quarterbacks, and was seen wearing a white one along with the other offensive players at the practice.
It wasn’t too long ago that head coach Arthur Smith mentioned to media that we could see players taking on new roles with the Atlanta Falcons.
One of these cases of position switching that has recently come to fruition in Atlanta was the switch of Avery Williams from cornerback to running back about a week ago. This move added him to a new-look running back room Atlanta has put together with offseason signings.
If the Falcons chose to make this move, Franks could be more than capable, as he’s proven to be a solid athlete.
At the NFL Combine in 2021, Franks ran a 4.61 40-yard dash, finishing third among quarterbacks behind Justin Fields (4.45) and former Appalachian State QB Zac Thomas (4.59). During Atlanta’s preseason game against the Titans, he turned on the burners for this 51-yard run:
Franks also stands at six feet seven inches tall, blending in well with the tall group of receivers that Atlanta has put together this offseason.
However, with Kyle Pitts leading the tight end room along with Anthony Firkser, Parker Hesse and rookie John FitzPatrick, it would be interesting to see how they could make room for him at the position this season.
Granted, Franks may never even see time at tight end or any other position, for that matter and this could just be nothing.
However, if Franks does make the move to a different position, it could be a development worth keeping your eyes on.