In what might become a more permanent position change, Feleipe Franks was practicing with the tight ends at Friday’s open practice in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Could be something, could be nothing: Feleipe Franks (far left) with the tight ends at open practice. Arthur Smith did say we’d see some players in different places. pic.twitter.com/sF1DxasdPZ
— Kelly Price (@thekellyprice) June 3, 2022
Roster spots are thin at quarterback, given the Falcons’ selection of Desmond Ridder and signing of Marcus Mariota, which means more than likely that Franks’ only path to the final 53-man roster is through an injury to one of the aforementioned signal callers or… a position change.
As Kelly stated, Arthur Smith has already said that we’d see some players in new spots. We already saw Atlanta convert Avery Williams to running back, probably due to the crowded cornerback room. And we might be seeing a more solidified place for Franks at tight end.
Smith tinkered with Franks at quarterback and tight end throughout the season, and though I wasn’t a massive fan of the timing of these experiments, there is undeniable value in having a player who can hurt you with his arm and feet on the field.
Even as a tight end, Franks is an elite athlete. Just check out his Relative Athletic Score courtesy of the Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight:
Not weighing in on the merits of Feleipe Franks at TE, but here's his RAS at that position. He'd also be a very good athlete there, though his weight is very low. https://t.co/psCBNCWGC6 pic.twitter.com/AC8SJahQCU
— Kevin Knight (@FalcoholicKevin) September 27, 2021
Those are great numbers for any position, let alone a quarterback. Smith seems open to trying anything to give his team an advantage, and it looks as if Franks moving to tight end could do just that.
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