Could the Falcons pivot and use Feleipe Franks as a tight end?

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Arthur Smith made an interesting move this past Sunday against the Giants. With injuries piling up, Feleipe Franks was active on the 53-man roster. While Arthur Smith was still in the script on his first drive, Franks lined up as a tight end.

I was being a bit tongue in cheek, but this isn’t the first time this idea has been floated. While he never played tight end in college, we have seen guys like Logan Thomas┬ámake the switch with successful results after not cutting it as a quarterback in the NFL. Scouts at the Senior Bowl even mentioned the idea of Franks as a tight end due to his size and athleticism.

As you can see, besides his weight, Franks looks like a decent project at the position:

Personally, I still want to give Franks a shake at quarterback. He didn’t look amazing as a passer during the preseason, but he made some plays with his feet and even ripped of a 51-yard scramble.

I don’t think letting Franks play some tight end is a bad idea, but only if the team is sure he doesn’t have much of a future at quarterback. I don’t like the experimenting during a game, but he could stay on the practice squad and develop for the rest of the year if they think he has a future. Franks’ natural size and athletic gifts can’t be taught, but tight end is a difficult position to adjust to in the NFL. Maybe the Falcons can develop him into a weapon, but for now, that’s yet to be seen.



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