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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What Dan Quinn had to say on the first day of training camp 
 Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the first practice of training camp on Thursday:  Opening Statement: “It feels good to be back on the field with the team. Right away I can sense the work they put in over the summer, and I’m not surprised they put that work in. As we got back into our team stuff...

Posted: 17 minutes ago

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the first practice of training camp on Thursday:  Opening Statement: “It feels good to be back on the field with the team. Right away I can sense the work they put in over the summer, and I’m not surprised they put that work in. As we got back into our team stuff...
Ex-Falcon Wheeler signs with Cardinals 
 Former Falcons and Georgia Tech standout Philip Wheeler signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. Wheeler, 32, played the past two seasons with the Falcons as a reserve linebacker. He played in all 16 regular-season games and made four starts. He played in all three playoff games, including Super Bowl LI. Wheeler, a Columbus...

Posted: 26 minutes ago

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech standout Philip Wheeler signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. Wheeler, 32, played the past two seasons with the Falcons as a reserve linebacker. He played in all 16 regular-season games and made four starts. He played in all three playoff games, including Super Bowl LI. Wheeler, a Columbus...
Morten Andersen’s road from Denmark to Canton 
 Morten Andersen’s maniacal approach to the craft of kicking a football helped to land him a coveted spot among the greats in Canton, Ohio.  Andersen, whose game-winning field goal helped to the send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1999, is set to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Saturday...

Posted: 41 minutes ago

Morten Andersen’s maniacal approach to the craft of kicking a football helped to land him a coveted spot among the greats in Canton, Ohio.  Andersen, whose game-winning field goal helped to the send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1999, is set to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Saturday...
Falcons sign guard Larson Graham 
 The Falcons signed guard Larson Graham, a rookie from Duquesne, on Thursday. Graham, who’s 6-foot-5 and 291 pounds, played offensive tackle at Duquesne. The move puts the Falcons’ roster at 90. They have room to add one more player because they have an International player exemption for former English Rugby player Alex Gray, who&rsquo...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The Falcons signed guard Larson Graham, a rookie from Duquesne, on Thursday. Graham, who’s 6-foot-5 and 291 pounds, played offensive tackle at Duquesne. The move puts the Falcons’ roster at 90. They have room to add one more player because they have an International player exemption for former English Rugby player Alex Gray, who&rsquo...
Poe likes the ‘weight clause’ in his contract 
  Before he signed with the Falcons, Dontari Poe never had a weight clause in his contract. But after collecting a $125,00 bonus for coming into camp under 330 pounds, Poe is just fine. “No, first one,” Poe said when asked if he ever had a weight clause.  Did he make the weight? “Oh yeah,” Poe said. &ldquo...

Posted: 4 hours ago

 Before he signed with the Falcons, Dontari Poe never had a weight clause in his contract. But after collecting a $125,00 bonus for coming into camp under 330 pounds, Poe is just fine. “No, first one,” Poe said when asked if he ever had a weight clause.  Did he make the weight? “Oh yeah,” Poe said. &ldquo...
Video: Quinn on McKinley and Julio Jones 
 Falcons head coach Dan Quinn answers questions about rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley and wide receiver Julio Jones after reviewing the first day of practice.

Posted: 6 hours ago

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn answers questions about rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley and wide receiver Julio Jones after reviewing the first day of practice.
Quinn on Jones: ‘He felt good on most of his cuts’
 Two-time Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery, apparently is working through some issues with his surgically repaired foot although he looked fine in pass-catching drills during the first practice of training camp Thursday. Jones was jumping to make some catches and didn’t appear...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Two-time Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s recovering from offseason foot surgery, apparently is working through some issues with his surgically repaired foot although he looked fine in pass-catching drills during the first practice of training camp Thursday. Jones was jumping to make some catches and didn’t appear...
McKinley impressive in drills
 Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley was one of the first players on the field for the opening practice of training camp Thursday. He went off to the side, alone, and swung his left arm in a big looping motion and then his surgically repaired right shoulder and arm. Everything felt good, and he nodded his head. He was ready to start his...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley was one of the first players on the field for the opening practice of training camp Thursday. He went off to the side, alone, and swung his left arm in a big looping motion and then his surgically repaired right shoulder and arm. Everything felt good, and he nodded his head. He was ready to start his...
Garland opens training camp with first-team offense
 When the Falcons went offense against defense in passing drills Thursday, Ben Garland was working at right guard with the first unit, and Wes Schweitzer with the second unit.  Rookie Sean Harlow, a fourth-round draft choice out of Oregon State, drew snaps with the second unit at left guard. “Ben was the one that started the whole...

Posted: 7 hours ago

When the Falcons went offense against defense in passing drills Thursday, Ben Garland was working at right guard with the first unit, and Wes Schweitzer with the second unit.  Rookie Sean Harlow, a fourth-round draft choice out of Oregon State, drew snaps with the second unit at left guard. “Ben was the one that started the whole...
Video: D. Led’s early takes on first practice 
 Here some observations from the early portion of the Falcons’ first practice on Thursday: 1. Julio Jones looked very comfortable moving around and making catches. 2. Running back Devonta Freeman needed some extra stretching from the training staff.  3. First-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley, who’s coming back from shoulder...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Here some observations from the early portion of the Falcons’ first practice on Thursday: 1. Julio Jones looked very comfortable moving around and making catches. 2. Running back Devonta Freeman needed some extra stretching from the training staff.  3. First-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley, who’s coming back from shoulder...
Jones, McKinley taking part in drills 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive end Takkarist McKinley are participating in drills in the first practice of training camp Thursday. Jones, who’s coming back from offseason foot surgery, made a couple of nice catches while jumping up. He didn’t appear to be bothered on the landing. McKinley, who warmed by twirling...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive end Takkarist McKinley are participating in drills in the first practice of training camp Thursday. Jones, who’s coming back from offseason foot surgery, made a couple of nice catches while jumping up. He didn’t appear to be bothered on the landing. McKinley, who warmed by twirling...