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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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Julio Jones is focus of Pat Dye Jr.-Jimmy Sexton lawsuit
 Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones is the center of a lawsuit between Pat Dye Jr. and Jimmy Sexton, 
               according to AL.com. It’s possible, if the civil suit continues into the fall, that Jones may be called to a disposition to give his testimony during the season. Dye, of Atlanta, and Sexton, of Memphis, merged firms...

Posted: 23 hours ago

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones is the center of a lawsuit between Pat Dye Jr. and Jimmy Sexton, according to AL.com. It’s possible, if the civil suit continues into the fall, that Jones may be called to a disposition to give his testimony during the season. Dye, of Atlanta, and Sexton, of Memphis, merged firms...
Falcons not hosting ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage
 For the first time in 11 seasons, the Falcons will not hold the wildly successful ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage during training camp, the team announced on Wednesday. The Falcons, the defending NFC champions, will report for training camp on Wednesday, July 26. The team has gone into the community for a scrimmage at local high...

Posted: 23 hours ago

For the first time in 11 seasons, the Falcons will not hold the wildly successful ‘Friday Night Lights’ scrimmage during training camp, the team announced on Wednesday. The Falcons, the defending NFC champions, will report for training camp on Wednesday, July 26. The team has gone into the community for a scrimmage at local high...
Allen: Defense ‘is going to be amazing’
 Kicked to the curb just three years ago, Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen has successfully made the transition from cornerback to free safety and is now an entrenched NFL starter. He played 1,101 defensive snaps (99.1 percent), most on the team last season, in just his second year at free safety. Drafted as a cornerback in the fifth-round...

Posted: a day ago

Kicked to the curb just three years ago, Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen has successfully made the transition from cornerback to free safety and is now an entrenched NFL starter. He played 1,101 defensive snaps (99.1 percent), most on the team last season, in just his second year at free safety. Drafted as a cornerback in the fifth-round...
Falcons report for training camp on July 26
 The defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons will report for training camp on July 26, the team announced on Wednesday. Training camp will be held at the team’s facilities in Flowery Branch for the 13th consecutive season. Selected practices will be open to the public, but there is not a “Friday Night Lights” event listed...

Posted: a day ago

The defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons will report for training camp on July 26, the team announced on Wednesday. Training camp will be held at the team’s facilities in Flowery Branch for the 13th consecutive season. Selected practices will be open to the public, but there is not a “Friday Night Lights” event listed...
Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan to stay on the move
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass during their NFL football practice Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass during their NFL football practice Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.
Jess Simpson blending in with Falcons
 Georgia high school coaching legend Jess Simpson is blending into life in the NFL. Simpson, who led Buford High to seven state championships and three state runner-up finishes in his 12 years as their head coach, joined Dan Quinn’s staff as a defensive assistant in February. After retiring from Buford High, he was briefly on the Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia high school coaching legend Jess Simpson is blending into life in the NFL. Simpson, who led Buford High to seven state championships and three state runner-up finishes in his 12 years as their head coach, joined Dan Quinn’s staff as a defensive assistant in February. After retiring from Buford High, he was briefly on the Georgia...
Trufant ready to lead in the secondary
 Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel believes that cornerback Desmond Trufant grew as a leader while recovering from his torn pectoral injury. Trufant returned during the team’s mandatory minicamp and appears set to open training camp healthy in late July. With Trufant, Robert Alford, Brian Poole and Jalen Collins all seasoned...

Posted: 2 days ago

Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel believes that cornerback Desmond Trufant grew as a leader while recovering from his torn pectoral injury. Trufant returned during the team’s mandatory minicamp and appears set to open training camp healthy in late July. With Trufant, Robert Alford, Brian Poole and Jalen Collins all seasoned...
Collins gives Falcons’ secondary options
 Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, who was forced to start down the stretch last season, quietly went about his offseason. With the return of starting left cornerback Desmond Trufant, the Falcons now have some quality depth at the position. “That’s the cool part,” Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. &ldquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, who was forced to start down the stretch last season, quietly went about his offseason. With the return of starting left cornerback Desmond Trufant, the Falcons now have some quality depth at the position. “That’s the cool part,” Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. &ldquo...
Beasley plotting new path to the quarterback
 On the night he was drafted by the Falcons in 2015, Vic Beasley wryly stated that he’d get “double-digit” sacks as rookie. Humble and soft-spoken, Beasley wasn’t bragging. The country music fan, who was drafted eighth overall out of Clemson, knew that expectations were high for the Falcons’ then-dormant pass...

Posted: 2 days ago

On the night he was drafted by the Falcons in 2015, Vic Beasley wryly stated that he’d get “double-digit” sacks as rookie. Humble and soft-spoken, Beasley wasn’t bragging. The country music fan, who was drafted eighth overall out of Clemson, knew that expectations were high for the Falcons’ then-dormant pass...
Q&A with Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan
 Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan, after spending seven seasons in the college ranks, was named to his current position in February. Hamdan, a former quarterback at Boise State, coached at Washington the past two seasons after making stops at Davidson, Arkansas State, Florida, Sacramento State and Maryland. He was also a student assistant...

Posted: 2 days ago

Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan, after spending seven seasons in the college ranks, was named to his current position in February. Hamdan, a former quarterback at Boise State, coached at Washington the past two seasons after making stops at Davidson, Arkansas State, Florida, Sacramento State and Maryland. He was also a student assistant...
Freeman stays in pursuit of his degree
 Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, while hoping to land a contract extension, is still taking online classes toward earning credit toward his degree in Social Psychology of Groups and Intro to World Cities from Florida State. “I’m still in classes,” Freeman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ve been...

Posted: 3 days ago

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, while hoping to land a contract extension, is still taking online classes toward earning credit toward his degree in Social Psychology of Groups and Intro to World Cities from Florida State. “I’m still in classes,” Freeman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ve been...