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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

Latest from D. Orlando Ledbetter

Freeman fighting to rebound from Super Bowl loss, blunder
 Like most in the Falcons organization, running back Devonta Freeman is trying to remain upbeat while coming to grips with the team’s historic Super Bowl collapse in February. In addition to coping with the loss, Freeman is battling through his role in the collapse. He missed a blitz pickup of New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower...

Posted: 2 days ago

Like most in the Falcons organization, running back Devonta Freeman is trying to remain upbeat while coming to grips with the team’s historic Super Bowl collapse in February. In addition to coping with the loss, Freeman is battling through his role in the collapse. He missed a blitz pickup of New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower...
A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Saints, Game 15
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. (Associated Press) FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end.

Posted: 5 days ago

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. (Associated Press) FLOWERY BRANCH — A look at the teams on the Falcons’ schedule and how they have reconstructed their roster since the season’s end.
Falcons sign lineman, waive wide receiver
 The Falcons signed center/guard Cornelius Edison and waived wide receiver Reginald Davis III on Wednesday. Edison, who’s 6-foot-3 and 309 pounds, played at Portland State and was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent after the 2015 draft. Davis finished his collegiate career with Texas Tech by playing in all 12 games...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Falcons signed center/guard Cornelius Edison and waived wide receiver Reginald Davis III on Wednesday. Edison, who’s 6-foot-3 and 309 pounds, played at Portland State and was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent after the 2015 draft. Davis finished his collegiate career with Texas Tech by playing in all 12 games...
Cover 9@9: Falcons set to pay OTA penalty next week
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) works during their NFL football practice Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.

Posted: 6 days ago

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) works during their NFL football practice Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.
A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Bucs, Game 14
FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Tampa, Fla.

Posted: 6 days ago

FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Tampa, Fla.
Jones anointed vocal leader of the defense
 Off the football field, Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones doesn’t like to talk much. On the field, that’s a problem for the team’s defensive signal-caller. Jones is required to bark out the signals to make sure that the other 10 players can hear him, sometimes with 80,000 hostile folks yelling to drown him out. Jones...

Posted: 6 days ago

Off the football field, Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones doesn’t like to talk much. On the field, that’s a problem for the team’s defensive signal-caller. Jones is required to bark out the signals to make sure that the other 10 players can hear him, sometimes with 80,000 hostile folks yelling to drown him out. Jones...
5 things we learned from running back Devonta Freeman today
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowler, plans to run with more authority next season.

Posted: 6 days ago

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowler, plans to run with more authority next season.
5 things we learned from Falcons linebacker Deion Jones today
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team last season, has a new role in just his second-season with the team.

Posted: 6 days ago

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who made the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team last season, has a new role in just his second-season with the team.
A post-draft look at the Falcons’ 2017 opponents: The Saints, Game 13
NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 26: Desmond Trufant #21 of the Atlanta Falcons sacks Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Posted: 7 days ago

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 26: Desmond Trufant #21 of the Atlanta Falcons sacks Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.