Franks has been working out at tight end during organized team activities as he prepares for his second season with the Atlanta Falcons. Franks, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas, was the highlight of Thursday’s OTAs, catching a touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder.
“Seeing a play come together gives you confidence,” Franks remarked, according to Scott Blair of the team’s website. “That goes for [Ridder], who threw a beautiful pass, as well as the other receivers. It’s a collaborative effort. It isn’t only me who runs a route. To make that play happen, everyone must do their part. It’s satisfying to see plays come together, and they may become season-long standards. It is, without a doubt, a confidence booster.”
For Franks and the Falcons, this isn’t an entirely new development. According to the team’s website, he received practice repetitions at special teams and tight end last offseason. Franks’ tenure as tight end is attracting more attention and time this time around. According to the Associated Press, offensive coordinator Dave Ragone remarked, “Right now he’s working more as tight end than at quarterback.” Frank is being considered for different jobs by head coach Arthur Smith. If he believes Frank would perform better in a different position, he may make a formation change shortly.