Three takeaways from the Atlanta Falcons final roster
The Atlanta Falcons see Feleipe Franks as more than an offseason gimmick
Listen, in the NFL there is no room to make decisions solely because they excite you, and the fact that the Atlanta Falcons have kept around Feleipe Franks for the second year in a row says that they truly think he can help this team as more than just an emergency quarterback.
I said it before, no way, no how does Feleipe go into a game as the starting quarterback for the Falcons, while there might be a chance he leads the offense for a few drives due to a disaster of injuries, there is zero chance that the Falcons would list him as the top quarterback on the depth chart. They aren’t stupid, he doesn’t have enough reps thus far to be able to lead the offense and that was apparent in the preseason since Arthur Smith was constantly calling run plays with him under center.
So, he is here as more than just a third-string quarterback and that is even more evident now that they are officially listing him as a tight end on the depth chart.
The depth at tight end for this team is concerning, ignoring Kyle Pitts who is otherworldly, you have Parker Hesse, and the subject of this discussion, Feleipe Franks.
Who is that legitimate receiving threat outside of Pitts? Hesse is a quality pass catcher but doesn’t exactly have the makings of a playmaker.
This makes you wonder if they envision a bigger role for the converted tight end, after all, if there is any offense in the NFL that needs two pass-catching threats at tight end, it is Arthur Smith’s.
Last year we had Hayden Hurst who was pretty darn good in the passing game when healthy. It is doubtful that they truly believe Hesse can take over Hurst’s role in the offense, so that really leaves you with just one guy — Feleipe Franks.
Not to mention, Kyle Pitts lines up on the outside quite often, so you almost need two extra tight ends who can run routes. So, you might want to be prepared to see Feleipe Franks on the field more than you would expect, we shall see if that is a good thing or a bad thing.