Falcons QB coach discusses team's recent additions of A.J. McCarron, Feleipe Franks
It wasn’t that long ago that the Atlanta Falcons only had one quarterback on the roster. That led to plenty of speculation that the franchise would draft a signal-caller with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Instead, the Falcons drafted arguably the most gifted athlete in the draft by taking tight end Kyle Pitts at No. 4.
To solve the team’s depth concern at the game’s most important position following the draft, Atlanta signed free agent quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Feleipe Franks. McCarron played for the Texans last season while Franks went undrafted following his lone season at Arkansas in which he played a key role in helping lead the turnaround effort in Sam Pittman’s first season in Fayetteville.
Following these recent additions, Atlanta’s quarterbacks coach Charles London spoke of the backup options behind Matt Ryan that the Falcons currently have to work with, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the case of McCarron, the Falcons are glad to have a veteran presence on the roster behind Ryan.
“A.J. is going on year number seven,” London shared. “He’s been in the league for awhile. He didn’t have a lot of starts in the league, but he’s been in a lot of systems. He’s seen a lot.”
While adding youth and athleticism to the QB room in Atlanta was accomplished by signing Franks.
“Feleipe has a really unique skill set,” London added. “He has a big arm. He’s a really athletic guy. He had traits that as an offensive staff we were excited about and we wanted to work with them. We were thrilled to get him in the undrafted process.”