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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Matt Ryan ready to face his buddy, Matthew Stafford 
 Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was visiting Lake Oconee over the offseason just trying to relax.  “Oddly enough, I bumped into Matt Stafford,” Sarkisian said. “He just seemed like a great guy. He was with his dad golfing. Knowing Matt Ryan’s personality and then getting a chance to meet Matt Stafford...

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Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was visiting Lake Oconee over the offseason just trying to relax.  “Oddly enough, I bumped into Matt Stafford,” Sarkisian said. “He just seemed like a great guy. He was with his dad golfing. Knowing Matt Ryan’s personality and then getting a chance to meet Matt Stafford...
Five things to know about the Falcons on Friday 
 Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday: 1. Offensive line test. The revamped right side of the Falcons offensive line will get tested by the Detroit Lions on Sunday.  2. Takk attack. Rookie Takkarist McKinley appears ready for an expanded role on the defense with defensive end Vic Beasley out with a hamstring injury...

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Here are five things to know about the Falcons on Friday: 1. Offensive line test. The revamped right side of the Falcons offensive line will get tested by the Detroit Lions on Sunday.  2. Takk attack. Rookie Takkarist McKinley appears ready for an expanded role on the defense with defensive end Vic Beasley out with a hamstring injury...
Lions’ injury report: Caldwell tight with injury information
 In the past, NFL teams have been fined for shoddy injury reports.  Detroit coach Jim Caldwell is on the hot seat for his lack of injury reporting, so it was no surprise that Thursday’s injury report didn’t have any changes.

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In the past, NFL teams have been fined for shoddy injury reports.  Detroit coach Jim Caldwell is on the hot seat for his lack of injury reporting, so it was no surprise that Thursday’s injury report didn’t have any changes.
Falcons’ injury report: Ward has neck/shoulder injury
 Falcons reserve running back Terron Ward, a key special teams players, suffered a neck and shoulder injury and was limited in practice on Thursday, according to the team’s official injury report. Linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring), right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw (ankle) did...

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Falcons reserve running back Terron Ward, a key special teams players, suffered a neck and shoulder injury and was limited in practice on Thursday, according to the team’s official injury report. Linebacker/defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring), right tackle Ryan Schraeder (concussion) and defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw (ankle) did...
Julio Jones not too impressed with Detroit’s Slay, secondary
 Falcons two-time All Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was a bit subdued during his weekly media session at his locker on Thursday. The Falcons are set to play the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. “They are a talented group, but at the end of the day it comes down to us,” Jones said. Jones seemed to scoff at the notion...

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Falcons two-time All Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was a bit subdued during his weekly media session at his locker on Thursday. The Falcons are set to play the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. “They are a talented group, but at the end of the day it comes down to us,” Jones said. Jones seemed to scoff at the notion...
Revamped offensive line to get tested by Lions 
 The Detroit Lions will test the revamped right side of the Falcons’ offensive line Sunday. Ty Sambrailo is slated to start for Ryan Schraeder at right tackle, and Wes Schweitzer will be making his third NFL start at right guard.  “Ty did a great job this last game of stepping up and playing really well,” center Alex...

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The Detroit Lions will test the revamped right side of the Falcons’ offensive line Sunday. Ty Sambrailo is slated to start for Ryan Schraeder at right tackle, and Wes Schweitzer will be making his third NFL start at right guard.  “Ty did a great job this last game of stepping up and playing really well,” center Alex...
Key matchup: Jake Matthews vs. Ziggy Ansah 
 Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews will spend a lot of time trying to block Detroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah when the teams meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. Ansah is coming off a big game against the New York Giants. He had three sacks, which surpassed his total of two from an injury-plagues 2016 season. He had 14.5 sacks in 2015 and...

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Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews will spend a lot of time trying to block Detroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah when the teams meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Field. Ansah is coming off a big game against the New York Giants. He had three sacks, which surpassed his total of two from an injury-plagues 2016 season. He had 14.5 sacks in 2015 and...
Falcons sign Vellano, waive Olatoye 
 Defensive tackle Joe Vellano was signed from the practice squad and cornerback  Deji Olatoye was waived by the Falcons on Thursday.  “Joe has done a good job,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I thought heading into training camp and when we got down to 53 he was one of the difficult spots for us. He’s really...

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Defensive tackle Joe Vellano was signed from the practice squad and cornerback Deji Olatoye was waived by the Falcons on Thursday.  “Joe has done a good job,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I thought heading into training camp and when we got down to 53 he was one of the difficult spots for us. He’s really...
QB Corner: Matt Ryan not worried about Worrilow stealing signals 
 Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the team’s former starting middle linebacker, Paul Worrilow, used to match wits at practice. Worrilow signed with the Detroit Lions and will face the Falcons on Sunday.  “Paul is a guy who did a great job for us here with the Falcons,” Ryan said. “I’m happy for him that...

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the team’s former starting middle linebacker, Paul Worrilow, used to match wits at practice. Worrilow signed with the Detroit Lions and will face the Falcons on Sunday.  “Paul is a guy who did a great job for us here with the Falcons,” Ryan said. “I’m happy for him that...
Campbell could rush pass more for Falcons 
 Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell recorded his first NFL sack against the Green Bay Packers. He spent part of the offseason working on his pass rush for his move to strongside linebacker. With Vic Beasley out with a hamstring injury, the Falcons may elect to use Campbell more in pass rushing situations. “I think I’m...

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Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell recorded his first NFL sack against the Green Bay Packers. He spent part of the offseason working on his pass rush for his move to strongside linebacker. With Vic Beasley out with a hamstring injury, the Falcons may elect to use Campbell more in pass rushing situations. “I think I’m...
Jones, Campbell worship Paul Worrilow 
 When Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell were rookies, former Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow took them under his wings. He basically taught Jones, his drafted replacement, and Campbell the ropes in the NFL. After leading the team in tackles for three seasons, he was demoted to a reserve role and played on special teams in 2016. When...

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When Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell were rookies, former Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow took them under his wings. He basically taught Jones, his drafted replacement, and Campbell the ropes in the NFL. After leading the team in tackles for three seasons, he was demoted to a reserve role and played on special teams in 2016. When...