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Dominique Franks' career up to this point could probably be described as followed: swift rise, even swifter downfall.
A late-round draft pick in 2010, Franks went from appearing in just two games that year to 14 in 2011, starting four of them.
Last year's promising campaign, coupled with the arrival of mastermind defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, led to the belief that this would be the year Franks made the jump to the next level.
Twelve games into the 2012 season, it looks as though Franks has instead taken a big step back.
An overall disappointing preseason performance resulted in the team waiving him in final cuts before bringing him back for cornerback depth.
But Franks hasn't yet taken advantage of that second chance, making few plays at punt return (18 returns for 144 yards) and even less at defensive back (nine tackles in 12 games).
Chances of Return: 25 Percent
At 25 years old, there is still time for Franks to turn his career around. It could happen in Atlanta, where he still has one year left on his contract. Realistically though, Franks' production so far this season leaves little hope of his return to the team in 2013.