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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’ injury update: ‘The foot’s good’
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who recently had foot surgery, gave an update after his appearance at the state capitol Wednesday. “I’m good,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The foot’s good. I’m two weeks out now, I think, but it’s good.” Jones was on hand to announce the name...

Posted: a day ago

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who recently had foot surgery, gave an update after his appearance at the state capitol Wednesday. “I’m good,” Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The foot’s good. I’m two weeks out now, I think, but it’s good.” Jones was on hand to announce the name...
Falcons sign guard, two fullbacks
 The Falcons signed guard Hugh Thornton, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, and fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku on Tuesday. Thornton, 25, was a third-round pick (86th overall) out of Illinois in the 2013 draft. Thornton has started 32 games for the Colts. He missed last season with a foot injury. The Falcons haven’t re-signed...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Falcons signed guard Hugh Thornton, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, and fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku on Tuesday. Thornton, 25, was a third-round pick (86th overall) out of Illinois in the 2013 draft. Thornton has started 32 games for the Colts. He missed last season with a foot injury. The Falcons haven’t re-signed...
Falcons give Rich McKay a five-year contract extension
 The Falcons re-signed team president and CEO Rich McKay to a five-year contract extension through June 2022. McKay is entering his 14th year with the Falcons. He was hired in 2004 as president and general manager and became the team president and CEO in 2011. He is chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee, of which he has been a...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Falcons re-signed team president and CEO Rich McKay to a five-year contract extension through June 2022. McKay is entering his 14th year with the Falcons. He was hired in 2004 as president and general manager and became the team president and CEO in 2011. He is chairman of the NFL’s Competition Committee, of which he has been a...
Camp Brotherhood set for Florida again
 For the second season in a row, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is organizing “players-only” camp that will be held in Florida before the players report for the strength and conditioning program on April 17. Last season, during their march to the Super Bowl, several players contended the players-only camp helped to build a strong...

Posted: 3 days ago

For the second season in a row, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is organizing “players-only” camp that will be held in Florida before the players report for the strength and conditioning program on April 17. Last season, during their march to the Super Bowl, several players contended the players-only camp helped to build a strong...
5 positions the Falcons need to fill
 The Falcons are not undergoing a makeover this offseason. Currently, 19 of the 22 starters in the Super Bowl are set to return, but that doesn’t mean the team is standing pat. “Not every team is the same, year to year,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I’ve never been someone that’s said, let’s reload...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Falcons are not undergoing a makeover this offseason. Currently, 19 of the 22 starters in the Super Bowl are set to return, but that doesn’t mean the team is standing pat. “Not every team is the same, year to year,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I’ve never been someone that’s said, let’s reload...