Falcons UDFA QB Feleipe Franks Makes 53-Man Roster

Falcons Feleipe Franks

Getty Feleipe Franks #15 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes against the Tennessee Titans.

The Atlanta Falcons’ 53-man roster is live.

All 32 NFL teams had until 4 P.M. Tuesday to cut down their rosters but the Falcons made cuts last night and this morning to get make theirs official before the deadline.

The Falcons have opted to keep three quarterbacks, which means undrafted rookie Feleipe Franks made the final cut. The only other undrafted rookie alongside Franks to make the squad was linebacker Dorian Etheridge.

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Atlanta Falcons 2021 Roster

Below is the Falcons 2021 53-man roster:


QB Matt Ryan
QB Josh Rosen
QB Feleipe Franks

RB Mike Davis
RB Cordarrelle Patterson
RB Qadree Ollison

FB Keith Smith

WR Calvin Ridley
WR Russell Gage
WR Olamide Zaccheaus
WR Tajae Sharpe
WR Christian Blake
WR Frank Darby

TE Kyle Pitts
TE Hayden Hurst
TE Lee Smith

OT Jake Matthews
OT Kaleb McGary
OT Jason Spriggs

OG Josh Andrews
OG Chris Lindstrom
OG/OT Jalen Mayfield
OG/OC Drew Dalman

OC Matt Hennessy


DL Grady Jarrett
DL Jon Bullard
DL Marlon Davidson
DL Tyeler Davison
DL John Cominsky
DL Ta’Quon Graham

OLB Dante Fowler
OLB Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
OLB Steven Means
OLB Ade Ogundeji
OLB Brandon Copeland

ILB Deion Jones
ILB Foye Oluokun
ILB Mykal Walker
ILB Dorian Etheridge

CB A.J. Terrell
CB Fabian Moreau
CB Isaiah Oliver
CB Kendall Sheffield
CB Darren Hall
CB Avery Williams

S Duron Harmon
S Erik Harris
S Richie Grant
S Jaylinn Hawkins
S/CB T.J. Green

Special Teams

K Younghoe Koo
P Cameron Nizialek
LS Josh Harris

Offensive lineman Matt Gono is still on the PUP list is set to miss the first six weeks of the season. Tight end Parker Hesse is on the COVID-19 reserve list and the Falcons will have to drop someone else to activate him.

Franks Has ‘Full Confidence’ in Himself

While the Falcons added Josh Rosen to be one of Ryan’s backup, rookie Feleipe Franks is confident he can take the No. 2 spot.

“I have full confidence in myself,” Franks said, via AtlantaFalcons.com. “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 his mindset with just about anything. I do feel like I have the capability to do that job.”

Franks ended Sunday’s 19-10 loss against the Browns completing 5 of 8 passes for 66 yards, which included a 27-yarder to first-round pick Kyle Pitts, his first catch as an NFL player.

As for Rosen, he played the second half and finished the game completing 9 of 18 passing for 118 yards. Although, his numbers should look a bit different considering some “incomplete passes” were dropped. That’s not a bad outing for someone who had just three days to learn the Falcons offense before stepping up and playing better than Atlanta’s injured backup quarterback AJ McCarron.


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