D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons beat writer

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick dog-fighting federal case. He has also covered the SEC/ACC and high schools in Gwinnett for the AJC. He's a three-time APSE award winner.

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Cover 9@9: The Falcons’ salary cap casualty candidates
 1. Salary cap moves. It’s salary-cap casualty season around the NFL. The Falcons and other teams have had ample time to review what happened during the 2017 season and have made some initial assessments for 2018. In year’s past, the Falcons have been ruthless during this portion of the offseason.  Back in 2013, running back...

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1. Salary cap moves. It’s salary-cap casualty season around the NFL. The Falcons and other teams have had ample time to review what happened during the 2017 season and have made some initial assessments for 2018. In year’s past, the Falcons have been ruthless during this portion of the offseason.  Back in 2013, running back...
NFL’s 2012 running back draft class was not very good 
 Most general managers will tell you that one must wait to evaluate the true value of a draft class.  Some three to four years down the road, a clearer picture comes into focus. This brings us to the 2012 class of running backs drafted by the NFL. Of the top 10 backs selected, including Falcons fullback Bradie Ewing, only two of them...

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Most general managers will tell you that one must wait to evaluate the true value of a draft class.  Some three to four years down the road, a clearer picture comes into focus. This brings us to the 2012 class of running backs drafted by the NFL. Of the top 10 backs selected, including Falcons fullback Bradie Ewing, only two of them...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons eager to descend on Indianapolis 
 In the 44th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles, we discuss who’s on the Falcons’ radar screen as they are prepared to  work the NFL scouting combine Tuesday through Monday, March 5. Ohio State center Billy Price, the Remington Award winner and two-time All-American, could come in an play guard for a few seasons before eventually...

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In the 44th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles, we discuss who’s on the Falcons’ radar screen as they are prepared to work the NFL scouting combine Tuesday through Monday, March 5. Ohio State center Billy Price, the Remington Award winner and two-time All-American, could come in an play guard for a few seasons before eventually...
The Falcons roster: Should they stay or go? 
 Two yards away. The Falcons were just two yards away from advancing to their second consecutive NFC championship this season. After finishing 11-7 overall, it was just the third time in franchise history that teams posted back-to-back 10-win seasons. After the past two seasons, they join coach Mike Smith’s teams from 2010-12 that did...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two yards away. The Falcons were just two yards away from advancing to their second consecutive NFC championship this season. After finishing 11-7 overall, it was just the third time in franchise history that teams posted back-to-back 10-win seasons. After the past two seasons, they join coach Mike Smith’s teams from 2010-12 that did...
Early mock drafts: Massive Vita Vea headed to Falcons
 Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, who’s 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, is a popular pick for the Falcons in some pre-combine mock drafts. At this juncture in the offseason, Vea makes sense because the Falcons may not be able to re-sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Poe played last season on an incentive-laden $8 million contract. His...

Posted: 5 days ago

Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, who’s 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, is a popular pick for the Falcons in some pre-combine mock drafts. At this juncture in the offseason, Vea makes sense because the Falcons may not be able to re-sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe. Poe played last season on an incentive-laden $8 million contract. His...
Falcons hire Parmalee as running backs coach, two other assistants  
 The Falcons hired former NFL running back Bernie Parmalee as their running backs coach on Wednesday. Parmalee replaces Keith Carter, who left to become the Titans running backs coach earlier this offseason. The team also hired Mayur Chaudhari as a special teams assistant and Chad Walker as an offensive assistant.  “We are excited...

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The Falcons hired former NFL running back Bernie Parmalee as their running backs coach on Wednesday. Parmalee replaces Keith Carter, who left to become the Titans running backs coach earlier this offseason. The team also hired Mayur Chaudhari as a special teams assistant and Chad Walker as an offensive assistant.  “We are excited...
Cover 9@9: Ryan set to become NFL’s first $30 million dollar a year man 
 1. $30 million man. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is in line to become the NFL’s first $30 million a year man.  “It’s quite possible,” Joel Corry, CBS Sports NFL business analyst told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “Kirk Cousins might beat him to it, if he’s an unrestricted...

Posted: 6 days ago

1. $30 million man. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is in line to become the NFL’s first $30 million a year man.  “It’s quite possible,” Joel Corry, CBS Sports NFL business analyst told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “Kirk Cousins might beat him to it, if he’s an unrestricted...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A look at the Falcons’ offseason issues 
 Falcons owner Arthur Blank  stops by the 43rd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast to discuss Matt Ryan’s contract extension and how it needs to be respectful to Ryan, his family and the future of the football team. We also lay out the key dates for the rest of the offseason and discuss some of the other key  moves and dates...

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank  stops by the 43rd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast to discuss Matt Ryan’s contract extension and how it needs to be respectful to Ryan, his family and the future of the football team. We also lay out the key dates for the rest of the offseason and discuss some of the other key moves and dates...
Former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville returns to coaching
 Former Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville is coming out of retirement at age 76 to coach defense with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.  The colorful Glanville will reconnect with another Falcons coach, June Jones.  Glanville posted a 27-37 record with the Falcons. 

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Former Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville is coming out of retirement at age 76 to coach defense with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.  The colorful Glanville will reconnect with another Falcons coach, June Jones.  Glanville posted a 27-37 record with the Falcons. 
Ex-Falcon coach Jerry Glanville returns to coaching at 76 
 Former Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville is coming out of retirement at age 76 to coach defense with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to 3downnation.com. Glanville, who used to leave tickets for Elvis Pressley, is set to join June Jones’ staff.  The colorful Glanville coached the Falcons...

Posted: 9 days ago

Former Falcons head coach Jerry Glanville is coming out of retirement at age 76 to coach defense with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to 3downnation.com. Glanville, who used to leave tickets for Elvis Pressley, is set to join June Jones’ staff.  The colorful Glanville coached the Falcons...
25 players with Ga. connections invited to NFL scouting combine 
 Several players with Georgia connections have been invited to the NFL scouting combine. The testing event for future NFL players will be held Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Here’s a list of players with high school ties to the state:  > Jordan Akins, Central Florida, tight end (Locust Grove) > Orlando...

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Several players with Georgia connections have been invited to the NFL scouting combine. The testing event for future NFL players will be held Feb. 27 through March 5 in Indianapolis. Here’s a list of players with high school ties to the state:  > Jordan Akins, Central Florida, tight end (Locust Grove) > Orlando...