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. AJC Atlanta Falcons blog

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Seymour, Ward named semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 
 Defensive end/tackle Richard Seymour, who played at the University of Georgia, was one of the six first-year eligible candidates among the 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, which was announced on Tuesday.  Cornerback/safety Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher...

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Defensive end/tackle Richard Seymour, who played at the University of Georgia, was one of the six first-year eligible candidates among the 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, which was announced on Tuesday.  Cornerback/safety Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher...
A quick look at the Tampa Bay Bucs
 What happened to the Bucs? After they went 9-7 in Dirk Koetter’s first season as head coach this was supposed to be their year. The NFC South Takeover was supposed to come from the 813 area code. But third-year quarterback Jameis Winston has regressed and was injured as they got off to a 2-6 start and dropped five straight games to...

Posted: 4 hours ago

What happened to the Bucs? After they went 9-7 in Dirk Koetter’s first season as head coach this was supposed to be their year. The NFC South Takeover was supposed to come from the 813 area code. But third-year quarterback Jameis Winston has regressed and was injured as they got off to a 2-6 start and dropped five straight games to...
Falcons waive Jalen Collins, a one-time second-round pick
 The  Falcons waived cornerback Jalen Collins, a second-round pick in 2015, who served a 10-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, on Tuesday.  Collins has seen action in 24 games, with eight starts, over two seasons.  Last season, he recorded two interceptions and 31 total tackles – 28 solo, and 10 passes defensed...

Posted: 5 hours ago

The Falcons waived cornerback Jalen Collins, a second-round pick in 2015, who served a 10-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, on Tuesday.  Collins has seen action in 24 games, with eight starts, over two seasons.  Last season, he recorded two interceptions and 31 total tackles – 28 solo, and 10 passes defensed...
My Take: Falcons ready to make a move in the NFC South 
 Finally, the Falcons are over their Super Bowl hangover. Quarterback Matt Ryan is finding his receivers. The running game is giving him just enough and the defense is making plays and scoring touchdowns. They needed all of those things working to beat Seattle, 34-31, on Monday night at CenturyLink Field. The Falcons were not in the clear...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Finally, the Falcons are over their Super Bowl hangover. Quarterback Matt Ryan is finding his receivers. The running game is giving him just enough and the defense is making plays and scoring touchdowns. They needed all of those things working to beat Seattle, 34-31, on Monday night at CenturyLink Field. The Falcons were not in the clear...
Ryan not concerned about end of 200-yard passing streak 
 Matt Ryan’s NFL-record streak of 64 games of passing for 200 yards or more was snapped in the Falcons’ 34-31 win over the Seahawks on Monday night. No big deal.  “I’d rather have less than 200 yards and win than to get 200 yards and lose,” Ryan said.  Ryan completed 19 of 27 passes for 195 yards and...

Posted: a day ago

Matt Ryan’s NFL-record streak of 64 games of passing for 200 yards or more was snapped in the Falcons’ 34-31 win over the Seahawks on Monday night. No big deal.  “I’d rather have less than 200 yards and win than to get 200 yards and lose,” Ryan said.  Ryan completed 19 of 27 passes for 195 yards and...
The Bow Tie Chronicles:  Falcons 34, Seahawks 31 
 The Atlanta Falcons held on for a 34-31 victory over the Seahawks on Monday night to improve to 6-4. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett turned in a great game with a sack, two tackles for a loss and three quarterbacks hits. Jarrett’s biggest player was on Seattle’s fake field goal right before the half when he dropped up-back...

Posted: 16 hours ago

The Atlanta Falcons held on for a 34-31 victory over the Seahawks on Monday night to improve to 6-4. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett turned in a great game with a sack, two tackles for a loss and three quarterbacks hits. Jarrett’s biggest player was on Seattle’s fake field goal right before the half when he dropped up-back...
What Dan Quinn had to say after 34-31 win over Seahawks
 Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football:  Thoughts on the game:  “What an absolute team win from the guys tonight. To play in this environment with the crowd tonight was going to be tough. Those were competitive, tough teams, we were going...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football:  Thoughts on the game:  “What an absolute team win from the guys tonight. To play in this environment with the crowd tonight was going to be tough. Those were competitive, tough teams, we were going...
What Falcons had to say after 34-31 win over Seahawks 
 Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 34-31 win over Seattle on Monday Night Football:   On Russell Wilson: “Russell was scrambling. We were trying to keep him as far away from the field goal as possible. We did that and the kicker ended up missing. We’ll take the win. We are confident group. We just...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Here’s what the Falcons had to say after the 34-31 win over Seattle on Monday Night Football:   On Russell Wilson: “Russell was scrambling. We were trying to keep him as far away from the field goal as possible. We did that and the kicker ended up missing. We’ll take the win. We are confident group. We just...
What Matt Ryan had to say after 34-31 win over Seahawks 
 Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 34-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Opening statement: “You never know how they are going to shake out. We battled for four quarters and it was good. We made enough plays to get it down in an environment that’s tough to win in.”  On offense without...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 34-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Opening statement: “You never know how they are going to shake out. We battled for four quarters and it was good. We made enough plays to get it down in an environment that’s tough to win in.”  On offense without...
Report card: Falcons 34, Seahawks 31 
 Here are the grades for the Falcons from their 34-31 victory over the Seahawks before a crowd of 69,026 at CenturyLink Field on Monday. The Falcons improved to 6-4 and the Seahawks dropped to 6-4. The Falcons trail the Saints (8-2) by two games with six to play in the NFC South race. The Panthers (7-3), also ahead of the Falcons, had a bye...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Here are the grades for the Falcons from their 34-31 victory over the Seahawks before a crowd of 69,026 at CenturyLink Field on Monday. The Falcons improved to 6-4 and the Seahawks dropped to 6-4. The Falcons trail the Saints (8-2) by two games with six to play in the NFC South race. The Panthers (7-3), also ahead of the Falcons, had a bye...
Update: Neal returns after leaving game with head injury  
 Update:  Neal returned on the following series.  Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal left Monday’s game after a collision with Seattle running back Mike Davis in the first quarter. He was being evaluated for a head injury. His return to game was questionable. Rookie Damontee Kazee took over at free safety and Ricardo Allen moved...

Posted: a day ago

Update:  Neal returned on the following series.  Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal left Monday’s game after a collision with Seattle running back Mike Davis in the first quarter. He was being evaluated for a head injury. His return to game was questionable. Rookie Damontee Kazee took over at free safety and Ricardo Allen moved...