Atlanta Falcons: Franks discusses his return to the team

 

Dominique Franks slices his way through Raven defenders for a long return during first quarter of an exhibition game last month. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Dominique Franks slices his way through Raven defenders for a long return during the first quarter of an exhibition game last month. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

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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78 comments Add your comment

Chris

September 6th, 2012
11:52 am

Chris

September 6th, 2012
11:54 am

I think Franks will perform well when called upon in the regular season. I’m not sure why I was so tickled to finally type First.

MaxxFalcon

September 6th, 2012
11:56 am

Good move, I never thought we should have cut Franks and signed Toone. Franks will be a good Punt Returner for us. I wonder if Hope lets him get his number back!

Northern Bird

September 6th, 2012
12:05 pm

Glad to see him back in a Falcon’s uniform. I think he provides decent depth.

Jim

September 6th, 2012
12:06 pm

Hurt? really?

Nique

September 6th, 2012
12:06 pm

Great move, glad to see it!

Felix

September 6th, 2012
12:08 pm

Chris you stayed up late, you deserve it.

bo joe ellis

September 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

Glad he’s back..giv’ em hell son.

Hamp

September 6th, 2012
12:13 pm

Should not have been cut. Maybe this will be an eye opener and light a fire under his butt we need him.

tidog

September 6th, 2012
12:20 pm

The release of Franklin was questionble from the onset. I have nothing against Chris Owens but Franks appears to be the better of the 2 corners. Those career stats for Franks are not bad and may be better than Owens career stats in all phases except tackles.

Mr. Panic Button

September 6th, 2012
12:21 pm

I’m glad none of you work in the Falcons front office…Franks good? WTH? I just hope Franks performs better than that weak azz level of play before he left. He was weak as a PR and a CB. Someone needs to give that boy a dose of “Man Up”! Because he’s soft, soft, soft.

Rise Up Nation

September 6th, 2012
12:23 pm

Here is your second chance Franks! Make use of it!

Jimmy Crack

September 6th, 2012
12:38 pm

These phrases we keep hearing more and more of in roster moves like “waived-injured” and “injury-settlement” seems like purposefully made up terminology for either A) moving roster money around so it won’t count against the cap, B) hiding a player indefinitely, C) keeping a player from signing immediately with another team, or D) just releasing a player for no reason but creating a reason (for any number of reasons).

As Quint said in Jaws…Ya folla?

Nique

September 6th, 2012
12:39 pm

Mr. Panic Button,

if Franks is so weak, please tell me what Owens is??? No one’s saying Franks should be a starter, but come on he’s a better cb than Owens & a better returner than Toone! TD’s comments made it seem like an effort thing with Franks so hopefully he doesn’t take this 2cnd chance for granted & makes it stick, because the talent is there!!! & I’ll give you that for a cb his size he should play tougher at times, but the man can play! Hope he earns the # 4 cb spot & PR spot back because I don’t wanna see Owens if one of our top 3 cb’s go down & i don’t wanna see Harry getting injured

Jimmy Crack

September 6th, 2012
12:40 pm

Woops…As Doyle Lonnegan said in The Sting.

hogmtndawg

September 6th, 2012
12:41 pm

Four active wide receivers? Uh oh.

Burdell

September 6th, 2012
12:50 pm

Yeah…and one of those receivers played at Tech so you know he isn’t any good!

Surg

September 6th, 2012
12:50 pm

Frank better step his game up…he’s athletic but is mediocre in zone and man. Any time he is on the field a good QB will expose him by throwing his way.

Greg

September 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

I understand Smith’s refusal to say anything about injuries to his players, information that might be exploited to some extent by opposing teams; but why so mum about a player you just waived? Maybe Toone wants it that way. Anyway, Franks looked good on that one long punt return he had–very good, actually—so maybe he can step up and really help us.

Seen This B4

September 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

I was wondering why they would choose to sign a low talent WR like Toone. Not that Franks is a stellar CB, cause he’s not, if he were, he wouldn’t have been cut in the first place, not to mentioned overlooked by other teams…..but I guess one healthy poor grade player is better than a wounded poor grade player.

Seen This B4

September 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

I was wondering why they would choose to sign a low talent WR like Toone. Not that Franks is a stellar CB, cause he’s not, if he were, he wouldn’t have been cut in the first place, not to mentioned overlooked by other teams…..but I guess one healthy poor grade player is better than a wounded poor grade player.

Mr. Panic Button

September 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

Nique, the last time I really saw Franks play hard was in college. He was a ball hawk and PR with elusive skills. That’s why I think he got to the NFL and thought he’d made it and didn’t have to play hard any longer. To say his effort has been lacking is putting it mildly. Maybe getting cut will light a fire under his butt. I’ll wait and see. I won’t even debate the Owens vs Franks thing because neither has shown much of anything.

Darwin Glover

September 6th, 2012
12:59 pm

So, D. LED I wonder if Franks gets his number 24 back. I just wondering

Mikefalcon63

September 6th, 2012
1:03 pm

In other words… We figured out Franks is a better return man than Toone, so we made up an injury so we would not have to say we cut him.

rick

September 6th, 2012
1:08 pm

So, Smitty….I guess we now know who your return man is…..

Augustabred

September 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Glad to have Franks back! I actually think he should be moved to FS to shore that up! He has the size and speed better suited to play FS. Uuuuhhh, we better find another receiver and fast. Another thing, why in the world do we need 10 OL? All this crosstraining nonsense and we still need 10!!!!

jalex49

September 6th, 2012
1:15 pm

Glad they brought Franks back. I still think Toone was a keeper, if on the practice squad.

cb795

September 6th, 2012
1:32 pm

Maybe Franks nor Owens should be with the Falcons. I remember Owens saving a touchdowm last season by chasing down Franks man on a long would be touchdown run, Franks was chasing the play like big play ray use to. Again it’s always about talent and having more than the other teams. Falcons are not accumulating enough of superior talent.

MrShields

September 6th, 2012
1:38 pm

I wish fans wound stop tripping about 4 WRs. With 5 WRs you would have to take somebody off the field. Say like #88. No do you really think Toone or anybody else is going to have as big an impact was Tony… And hell Tony can split out wide as the 5th WR to be honest… We dont need 5 WRs unless someone gets hurt. in which case we can bring in someone from the practice squad who has been here all training camp. Stop being concerned with little things and be ready to ride for the team come Sunday.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

September 6th, 2012
1:39 pm

MrShields

September 6th, 2012
1:39 pm

SWAT Native

September 6th, 2012
1:45 pm

So, what’s the deal on Ovie Mughelli? Are the Falcons going to bring him back?

Nowwehaveasecondary!

September 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

I am a little disappointed with this news. I wanted to see our offense become as fluid, complex and capable as the Saints, Packers, Patriots, and Lions. I wanted to see an occasional true five wide receiver set. Now we do not have five wide receivers. I wanted to see three wide receiver and two tight end sets. I wanted to see two wide receiver, one tight end and two pass catching running back sets. I wanted to see three, four, and five different skill position players run out on the field between plays to cause opposing defenses nightmares in trying to match up on every play while not knowing who will be on the field from one play to the next. This just limits what we can do on offense with formations and personnel a little.

Defense wins Titles

September 6th, 2012
2:06 pm

Surprised Falcons have not made Drew Davis active and put our 10th lineman on practice squad.

Big Crimson 75

September 6th, 2012
2:07 pm

Enough of the Chris Owens bashing.
The guy had a terrible game against GB in the Playoffs. I don’t recall many Falcons having good games, including the Coaches!!
Owens hustles, which is more than can be said for several Falcons. Remember the TD saving tackle last year!!
Franks had every opportunity at the end of last year & pre-season this year to show something — He was beaten out by Ron McClain, which says it all!!
A little disappointed the Falcons brought Franks back — the rest of the League wasn’t exactly knocking his door down once we cut him.

falcon 4 life

September 6th, 2012
2:11 pm

A person that everyone forgets about, is Antone Smith. He’s just as fast as any receiver we have(maybe Julio is faster). With the receiving skills he showed during the preseason, maybe’ll he’ll get a couple chances to work the underneath routes if we ever go 4/5 receiver sets.

Augustabred

September 6th, 2012
2:14 pm

Mr. Shields, no team in the NFL would go into the regular season with just four WR’s. Hamstring pull, rolled ankle, sprain shoulder, all this could happen in just one game. So yeah, we need depth at that position. I hope they do call up Davis so that will give us 5.

Augustabred

September 6th, 2012
2:16 pm

Exactly *Defense wins titles!

tjhook

September 6th, 2012
2:20 pm

Owens will prove a lot of you fans wrong this year. He was built for man to man schemes, not zones. If you saw his speed catching folks on kickoff returns you understand that he is built for not being beat on single coverage. Apparently, he is slower on anticipating or jumping routes, but Nolan’s schemes will give him an opportunity to learn.

tjhook

September 6th, 2012
2:22 pm

@Big Crimson,

Owens had two touchdown saving tackles on kickoff returns

Augustabred

September 6th, 2012
2:27 pm

I think Owens will also benefit from Nolan’s scheme. Owens can fly. I think Franks would be better suited at FS.

Left Coast Dawg

September 6th, 2012
2:33 pm

@ SeenThis – you’re stuttering….sign of nervousness bruh.

FalconsFam

September 6th, 2012
2:34 pm

Toone is injured, that’s why he’s out. The 5th WR could be left on PS until needed due to an injury to the one of the 4 actives. We need and have depth at WR with Davis sitting there waiting. The Falcons will only use 3 WR’s on gameday and the 4th covers on ST. I would rather see 5 on the roster and then a PS WR or 2 but time will tell if that’s how Smitty sees it. Now you’ve got 6 corners on the roster when you were happy a day ago with just 5 so IMO more changes are in store. Keep in mind Harry Douglas is listed as 1st string PR.

Budy Landel

September 6th, 2012
2:35 pm

Burdell

September 6th, 2012
12:50 pm
Yeah…and one of those receivers played at Tech so you know he isn’t any good!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
GT has 4 WR in the NFL. UGA has 2

Left Coast Dawg

September 6th, 2012
2:36 pm

Regarding Franks, I guess we know who the last man out was when we cut down to 53. I always questioned the Tim Toone decision too but I guess it was a numbers thing. Personally, I think it’s better for us to have more CBs than WRs anyway. A fifth WR wouldn’t likely see the field anyway and there are 2 on the practice squad in the event of an injury. Welcome back Franks!

Big Crimson 75

September 6th, 2012
2:38 pm

hook — 1,2…what difference does it make — the Falcons made him the scapegoat for that loss when plenty of blame was there to go around.
Arron Rodgers has made lots of CBs look bad the last 4 years.
As far as I’m concerned, We finally have a legit D-Coordinator in order to evaluate what we actually have on Defense.
Van Gorder was the BIGGEST joke in the NFL. Can you say “In over your mustache”?

Curtis Lofton

September 6th, 2012
2:40 pm

I think some of you come in here looking for seenthisb4. He or she has really made an impression in your minds. Lol. You harp on his or her every word. Surely there is a vacant room somewhere with your names on the reservation.

Buddy Landel

September 6th, 2012
2:42 pm

Haven’t really noticed his name until you typed it.

Curtis Lofton

September 6th, 2012
2:49 pm

Maybe you are a poor reader then? Or you need a stronger medicine in your glasses?

Samuel

September 6th, 2012
2:50 pm

Dominque Franks caught a break, now do something with it….