The Atlanta Falcons waived tight end Feleipe Franks the team announced on Thursday afternoon via social media.
They announced they had also moved on from edge rusher Ikenna Enechukwu, and wide receiver Chris Blair while placing offensive tackle Ethan Greenidge on injured reserve.
Franks was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2021 NFL Draft, general manager Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith’s first with the Falcons. He was a third-string quarterback for the Falcons his first year while also playing special teams.
In 2022, Franks made the move to tight end. He played in 11 games but didn’t have a reception. At 6’6 and 235 pounds, Franks was always an intriguing athlete but his inconsistency as a passer made his chances as an NFL quarterback remote.
That Franks was cut wasn’t a surprise, however seeing him cut before the mandatory cutdowns from 90 players to 53 is a surprise.
Franks could be back on the practice squad by Week 1. He would have to clear waivers, but the rest of the NFL hasn’t taken the interest in him the way the Falcons have.
The Falcons signed Enechukwu in May as an undrafted free agent out of Rice. He had 9.5 tackles for loss as a senior last year with the Owls.
Greenidge was signed from the Saints as a free agent. The Falcons signed him to provide depth on the offensive line. Expect the Falcons to try and replace him quickly during training camp.
The four-roster moves leave four openings on the Falcons’ 90-man roster. Expect Atlanta to be active over the next few days flushing out there depth chart ahead of the preseason games.