Feleipe Franks has “full confidence” he can be Matt Ryan’s backup

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Falcons quarterback AJ McCarron left Saturday’s game with a knee injury and head coach Arthur Smith made it sound like he’s going to be out of action for a long time when he spoke to reporters after the game.

McCarron was on track to be the backup to Matt Ryan this season, but his loss leaves undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks as the only other quarterback on the roster. Franks was 4-of-9 for 46 yards and an interception on Saturday and 2-of-9 for 16 yards in the preseason opener, which might not leave others with the same level of confidence in Franks’ readiness for the No. 2 role that he has in himself.

“I have full confidence in myself,” Franks said, via the team’s website. “I feel like I’m starting to gain confidence in the group around me. I’m just going to put my head down and go to work. That’s all it’s about, learning from your mistakes. That’s mindset with just about anything. I do feel like I have the capability to do that job.”

Franks has run seven times for 108 yards in those two games, but McCarron’s presence suggests the Falcons prefer a more experienced backup for Ryan and, assuming that plan remains in place, they’ll have to start looking for one to add to the roster in the coming days.

7 responses to “Feleipe Franks has “full confidence” he can be Matt Ryan’s backup

  1. He has all the physical tools but he needs a ton of coaching. He needs to throw the ball away and not take unnecessary hits especially when you’re the only backup suited up

  2. Man gave me so much unnecessary heartburn while QB of my Gators. He makes CRAZY decisions when things get chaotic. So good luck to him. But the man needs SOOO much coaching. Not sure ATL is where he’ll stick if he does. If he is going to make it he must stop not getting through his reads and not having the coo coo moments where TOs and the inexplicable seemed to occur way too often. By comparison Trask was stable as a table

  3. I don’t think they’re going to ride with him as backup, I expect them to trade for or pick someone up with more experience. They like his size, athleticism, and potential but he seems destined for the practice squad.

  4. I would want someone with more experience as immediate backup like Minshew– but would def keep this guy. Arthur Smith could make him a star.

  5. Matt Ryan has been durable. They should ride with Franks as most likely he won’t start.

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