If Feleipe Franks is going to make the Atlanta Falcons’ roster as a backup quarterback, he must continue to extend plays and put his team in scoring positions.
He showed glimpses of his potential Friday night.
Franks – the former Arkansas, Florida and Wakulla High quarterback – rushed for 76 yards on just four carries as the Falcons dropped their preseason opener 23-3 to the visiting Tennessee Titans.
Franks’ debut was highlighted by a 52-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He also had back-to-back runs of 11 and 10 yards to help set up Younghoe Koo’s 42-yard field goal to open the second half.
Franks, however, wasn’t as successful in the air.
He completed 2-of-9 attempts for 16 yards.
Franks and AJ McCarron, a 7-year veteran, are the contenders to be the Falcons’ backup to starter Matt Ryan.
Franks signed with the Falcons as a free agent in May after he went undrafted.
“There are things to always improve on, myself included,” Franks told AtlantaFalconsc.com..
“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.”
Atlanta will have joint practices with the Miami Dolphins at their facility this week before playing at Miami on Aug. 21.
During his collegiate career at Florida (three seasons) and Arkansas (one season in 2020), Franks finished with 6,610 yards, 55 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and a 61.4% completion percentage.
“There’s things to correct,” said the 6-foot-6 Franks, known for his arm strength.
“Getting the chains moving and getting points on the board. Our main goal was just managing the offense, leading guys and getting better at third-down conversions. For a lot of those guys, rookies coming out and playing their first NFL game, I thought we did a good job and there’s something to improve on heading into next week.”
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