In what amounts to two reversals from two fairly surprising decisions from last week’s cuts, the Atlanta Falcons announced today that they have signed cornerback Dominique Franks, and waived-injured wide receiver Tim Toone.
Franks, 6-0, 197 pounds, was selected as a fifth round (135th overall) draft choice by the Falcons in the 2010 NFL Draft. In two seasons as a backup defensive back with Atlanta, he recorded 22 tackles, with three interceptions and six passes defensed. When his release was announced last Friday it came as a big surprise to many who felt like Franks had nailed down the job of punt returner.
“It’s really weird. Sunday, i had a workout with Miami, so I’ve really just been out of town, doing workouts and things like that,” Franks told AtlantaFalcons.com. “That’s been it, just going on workouts and being out of town. Luckily, I got the call from Coach Smith (Wednesday) night to come back.”
Head coach Mike Smith has not let on as to how Franks will be used, and Franks himself said he wasn’t even sure because he hadn’t had a chance to meet with the coaches yet.
Toone, 5-10, 185 pounds, was originally selected by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round (255th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. His first few seasons were spent with the Lions, Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos, primarily as a practice squad player on all three clubs.
As surprising as Franks dismissal was, it was equally surprising to see Toone making the 53-man squad on what is a very talented and deep wide receiver corps. It was a head scratcher for many who follow the Falcons.