Vivlamore & Ledbetter reporting.
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed cornerback Dominique Franks and waived-injured wide receiver Tim Toone Thursday.
“It’s just been hectic,” said Franks, who received a call from the team around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. “I’ve been flying in and out going on team workouts and just waiting to get a phone call from somebody to sign me. Luckily, I got that phone call from Atlanta last night.”
After being released in the final cut down to 53, Franks went on workouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins.
He was selected in the fifth round (135th overall) in 2010 and spent the past two seasons with the Falcons as a reserve defensive back and punt returner. In two seasons, he recorded 22 tackles (14 solo) with three interceptions and six passes defensed. Last season, Franks posted 20 tackles (13 solo) with two interceptions and five passes defensed.
Franks handled punt return duties for the Falcons during exhibition games this preseason with Toone fielding some punts later in games.
“They wanted to bring me back and this is where I always wanted to be,” Franks said. “It’s always good to be able to come back and reunite with the guys and the coaches. There are no hard feelings at all. I know it’s a business, so I just have to come in and prepare even harder and make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”
Toone was originally selected by the Lions in the seventh round (255th overall) in 2010. He spent time with the Lions, Bills and Broncos as a practice squad player. He made the Falcons 53-man roster in part because of his punt return ability. He also had a touchdown catch during the preseason. The nature of Toone’s injury is unknown. The Falcons only had two practices, Monday and Wednesday, after setting the 53-man roster on Friday.
The moves leaves the Falcons with four wide receivers on the active roster in Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas and Kevin Cone. Marcus Jackson and Drew Davis are on the practice squad.
- Chris Vivlamore
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