Feleipe Franks adjusting well to new position

Feleipe Franks could see the field at a new position according to reports from the Atlanta Falcons training camp.

The Atlanta Falcons have added two new quarterbacks to the roster for the 2022 season, one from free agency in former Oregon star Marcus Mariota, and one from the NFL Draft in Desmond Ritter from Cincinnati.

That leaves former Arkansas quarterback [autotag]Feleipe Franks[/autotag] looking up the ladder for a chance to see significant playing time under center.

Or, does it?

Franks got looks at tight end during the Falcons’ OTA’s in June and has continued to see time at the position as the Falcons begin their preparations for the new season.

According to reports, Franks is making quite a splash at the position. According to Falcons Wire, practicing well at tight end could earn Franks a spot on the roster.

Feleipe Franks at tight end might actually work out for the Falcons if the past few days are any indication. Franks has great size and speed, it just depends on other aspects of his game — like catching and blocking — that will determine his success or failure. It’s been an encouraging start for Franks, and he added another good day of practice on Friday, per team reporter Tori McElhaney.

Franks will continue to get looks at quarterback as well according to reports. The first time that Franks will see action at tight end against another NFL team will be on Friday, August 12 when the Falcons open the preseason at Detroit.

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Two former Razorbacks make NFL debuts

Former Razorbacks Montaric Brown and Grant Morgan got their first chance to prove their worth for the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday night.

The annual Hall of Fame Game officially kicked off the 2022 NFL season Thursday night, which allowed two former Razorbacks to begin their professional careers.

Seventh-round selection [autotag]Montaric Brown[/autotag] and free agent signee [autotag]Grant Morgan[/autotag] both saw time with the Jacksonville Jaguars during their 27-11 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders Thursday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

While neither player saw significant playing time, they made the most of their limited action.

Brown began the game working with the special teams, then made the transition to the secondary for the second half. He ended the game with three total tackles, two were solo.

For Morgan, he saw even less time on the field than Brown. Morgan entered the game late in the second half at linebacker and on special teams. He recorded three total tackles, with one of those being a sack in the final two minutes of the game.

Brown and Morgan will get another chance to show that they earn a spot on the Jaguars’ regular season roster next Friday, as Jacksonville hosts Cleveland for their second preseason game.

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Treylon Burks owns up to his conditioning with Titans

The former Arkansas wide receiver impressed at his first Titans practice.

Treylon Burks’ first practice at Tennessee Titans training camp this week went a long way toward dismissing concerns about his conditioning.

Burks admitted he should have first arrived at camp in better shape. His lack of conditioning, for whatever reason, drew the ire of some Titans fans and media.

On Wednesday, Burks’ first practice was glowing. He had slimmed down and, per Ben Arthur at the Tennessean, was in full force for the whole of the session. And Burks told Titans reporters afterward that he had lost five or six pounds since minicamp.

Now, Burks is onboard and ready to contribute in a big way during his rookie year.

“That’s just being accountable; I should have taken a better attack on that and now that I am, you can tell a big difference,” he said.

The Warren native had 66 catches for 1,106 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Razorbacks last year before being drafted in the first round by the Titans.

WATCH: Treylon Burks’ shows he’s in shape with sick catch at Titans camp

Titans fans have been on Treylon Burks about being in shape, but the former Arkansas star is showing his skills now.

Treylon Burks had come under fire in recent weeks in some circles of the Tennessee Titans fan base.

Unfairly, of course.

Arkansas coach Sam Pittman had surmised that Burks, perhaps, may have arrived to the Titans a touch out of shape, which, combined with his asthma (a remark made by Titans wide receivers coach Rob Moore), have limited the rookie’s time on the field during camp.

But Wednesday, the former Razorbacks wideout showed why he was a first-round pick.

The catch was the kind of which Arkansas fans were awfully familiar the last three seasons. His one-handed, feet-down touchdown grab against Ole Miss in 2020 is still talked about.

It hasn’t stopped some in Tennessee circles from dragging the Warren, Arkansas, native.

At least former Titans and Florida Gators tight end Ben Troupe had his back. Troupe said he was in far worse shape upon arriving to the NFL than Burks was and that there’s a difference in professional shape and football shape.

Burks had 66 catches for 1,106 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Razorbacks last year.

Who is listed as Arkansas’ key departure according to On3?

Burks’ 2021 production will be hard to replace, and even harder to replicate says On3.

The rise of quarterback [autotag]KJ Jefferson[/autotag] is what has propelled Arkansas football to higher expectations heading into the 2022 season.

Jefferson completed 67% of his passes for 2,676 yards last season. His return has Razorbacks fans and the national media alike believing that Arkansas has a high chance of dethroning Alabama for the top spot in the SEC West.

While Jefferson has the talent to become one of the league’s best quarterbacks this fall, he can credit most of last season’s success to his No. 1 target, [autotag]Treylon Burks[/autotag].

Burks reeled in 1,104 yards last season, and was on the receiving end of 11 of Jefferson’s 21 touchdown passes last season. Burks has moved on to the NFL after being selected 18th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2022 NFL Draft, leaving a huge spot to fill on offense.

On3 recently ranked listed the key departure for each program in the SEC West, whether it be due to the transfer portal or NFL Draft. For Arkansas, the selection is clearly Burks. On3 says that it will be hard to replicate the production that Burks handled in 2021, but believes that one playmaker will step up to fill that role.

Burks was the go-to playmaker for the Razorbacks, with Arkansas OC [autotag]Kendal Briles[/autotag] force-feeding the ball to the 6-2, 225-pound wideout with bubble-screens, quick slants and pop passes. Burks graded out as the No. 1 receiver in the SEC, per Pro Football Focus, and 607 of his 1,110 yards came after the catch. Burks was also extremely sure-handed, dropping just three balls all season despite a heavy workload. The Hogs are hoping former 5-star Oklahoma transfer [autotag]Jadon Haselwood[/autotag]can play a similar role but those are some major shoes to fill in 2022.

Who else joins Burks as one of the SEC West’s key departures? Here’s a look at On3’s picks:

Team led by Arkansas graduate set to purchase Denver Broncos

Rob Walton, part of the Walton-Penner group, has agreed to purchase the NFL franchise for $4.65 billion.

An Arkansas graduate and the heir to the fortune of the world’s largest retailer has agreed to buy the Denver Broncos.

[autotag]Rob Walton[/autotag], a 1966 graduate of the University of Arkansas and the son of the late Sam Walton, the founder of Wal Mart, heads a group that has purchased the Denver Broncos for $4.65 billion dollars, which is the highest that anyone has paid for a professional sports franchise. reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Following the purchase, Walton released a statement regarding the purchase of the NFL franchise:

We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos! Carrie, Greg and I are inspired by the opportunity to steward this great organization in a vibrant community full of opportunity and passionate fans.

Having lived and worked in Colorado, we’ve always admired the Broncos. Our enthusiasm has only grown as we’ve learned more about the team, staff and Broncos Country over the last few months.

We are excited to announce that Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, has agreed to join our ownership group. Beyond her role at Ariel, Mellody is an influential leader in corporate and civic organizations across the nation.

Mellody currently serves as Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. We know she will bring her strategic acumen and leadership perspective to our team.

Thank you to Joe Ellis and the staff of the Broncos for the first-class manner in which they have conducted this sale process. In addition, we thank Hogan Lovells for their guidance and support in this effort.

We look forward to earning the confidence and support of the NFL as we take the next step in this process. When the necessary approval procedures are met, our family is excited to share more with Broncos fans, the organization and the community.

According to Broncos Wire, the sale is subject to NFL approval, which could arrive within the next few weeks. Walton will become the team’s new majority owner with Greg and Carrie Penner serving as minority owners.

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Feleipe Franks gets look at another position during Falcons OTAs

The former Razorback QB appears to be exploring options for the upcoming NFL season.

A former Razorback signal-caller appears to be improving his odds for more playing time, even if it means moving to another position.

[autotag]Feleipe Franks[/autotag], who was the starting quarterback for Arkansas during the 2020 season following a four-year career at Florida, was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent after the 2021 NFL Draft. Despite being brought in Atlanta as a quarterback, it appears that Franks is moving to tight end, according to ESPN Falcons reporter Michael Rothstein.

Franks is still listed as one of three quarterbacks on the Falcons official roster, joining offseason addition Marcus Mariota and draft pick Desmond Ritter. The move potential move could be crucial in finding more playing time in Atlanta, as a potential back-up option to fellow former Gator Kyle Pitts.

Last season, Franks attempted one pass for Atlanta, which was intercepted. He also carried the football three times for six yards.

In his lone season in Fayetteville, Franks passed for 2,017 yards and 17 touchdowns while breaking the school’s record for completion percentage by completing 68.7% of his passes.

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Treylon Burks inks rookie deal with Tennessee Titans

Burks, who is expected to make an immediate impact for the Tennessee Titans, has agreed to terms on his rookie contract.

A former Arkansas standout has officially come to terms with his first NFL contract.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans and first-round selection Treylon Burks agreed to a four-year deal, with a fifth-year option according to Field Yates of ESPN.

According to Titans Wire, Burks is the 5th draft pick by the Titans to sign a rookie deal joining Hassan Haskins, Kyle Phillips, Theo Jackson, and Chance Campbell, who were all third day selections.

Picks who have yet to come to an agreement include Auburn’s Roger McCreary and Liberty’s Malik Willis.

Burks had a rocky start to his Titans career, as he reportedly left the first day of rookie mini camp early due to being winded.

“I know that they’re working and they think that they are trying to get in shape, but that’s just not the case,” said Titans head coach Mike Vrabel of Burks’ early exit. “That’s something that we have to focus on and try to make sure that we’re getting some work in with all of them. We’re trying to be as smart as we possibly can.”

However, his performance on day two was better as he practiced the entire time without issues.

Burks was the first Razorback taken in the first round since Frank Ragnow was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 20th overall pick in 2018. Burks is also the highest Razorback taken in the NFL Draft sice Darren McFadden was taken 4th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

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PHOTO GALLERY: A look at Arkansas draft picks with their new team

Treylon Burks, John Ridgeway, and Montaric Brown all have new homes. Here’s a peek at what they look like in their new uniforms.

Arkansas Football had three players selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, which is the most since 2019, when three Razorbacks were also taken in the draft.

[autotag]Treylon Burks[/autotag] was taken 18th overall by the Tennessee Titans in this year’s draft, making him the first Razorback to be taken in the first round since 2018, when Frank Ragnow was selected 20th overall by the Detroit Lions. Burks was the highest draft pick from Arkansas since Darren McFadden went 4th overall to the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

The next selection from Arkansas was [autotag]John Ridgeway[/autotag], who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 178 overall selection. Ridgeway becomes the third Razorback to be taken by Dallas, which is surprising considering the proximity of Dallas to Fayetteville, and the fact that the Cowboys are owned by Arkansas alum, Jerry Jones. The last Razorback to be taken by Dallas before Ridgeway? Felix Jones in 2008.

The last selection from Arkansas in the 2022 draft was [autotag]Montaric Brown[/autotag] with the 222nd overall pick. Jacksonville has been a popular destination for former Razorbacks, as five former Hogs have been selected by Jacksonville since 2000, with the most recent being Brandon Allen in 2016.

Here is a look at what these former Razorbacks look like in their new uniforms.

Arkansas’ Trey Wade trades hardwood for gridiron

Former Razorback forward Trey Wade is going pro… in football?

Arkansas Football had three players to be drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft, and three more were invited to camps as undrafted free agents.

On Monday, that number grew to seven players, but not in a way that you would think.

[autotag]Trey Wade[/autotag], who played his final eligible basketball season with Arkansas following a transfer from Wichita State, has been invited to attend rookie mini-camp with the Arizona Cardinals.

Razorback fans were shocked in mid-April, when head basketball coach [autotag]Eric Musselman[/autotag] announced on twitter that Wade was getting ready to turn pro, but in football instead of basketball.

In his lone season at Arkansas, Wade started in 24 games while appearing in 37. He averaged 3.6 points per game, and pulled down 96 rebounds. The Cardinals will work Wade at the tight end position, according to reports.

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