“If I can’t extend the play, I try to stay in the pocket and deliver a good, catchable ball for the receiver,” Franks said. “If I have to extend the play with running or getting outside the pocket and throwing, I try to do that as well. I try to be the most complete quarterback I can be.”

There’s surely no shortage of areas the coaching staff identified as needing improvement heading into Miami next week. Getting the pass game going is certainly one after McCarron went 5-for-12 for 36 yards and Franks only converted 2-of-9 attempts for 16 yards on the night. That combined passing yardage equaled by Franks single break out run.

Don’t hit the panic button on the backup quarterbacks just yet, even after that lackluster performance. This is what the preseason is for. This feeling-out period is designed to get those kinks worked out.

“There are things to always improve on, myself included,” said Franks. “A couple protection things here and there. It takes all 11 of us to go out there and compete at the highest level. From a team standpoint, just achieving and going out and playing clean ball. Obviously, there are some things we can clean up with the penalties and that starts with me at quarterback.”

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