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.

Latest from D. Orlando Ledbetter

A.J. Green supports Julio Jones’ holdout
 While shopping in Beverly Hills, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, the former Georgia standout, was approached by TMZ and was peppered with a few questions by a couple of fan boys and fantasy football enthusiasts. The TMZ reporter asked Green about the NFL players’ response to President Trump on who he should pardon before asking about...

Posted: 13 hours ago

While shopping in Beverly Hills, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, the former Georgia standout, was approached by TMZ and was peppered with a few questions by a couple of fan boys and fantasy football enthusiasts. The TMZ reporter asked Green about the NFL players’ response to President Trump on who he should pardon before asking about...
Report: Bucs’ Jameis Winston suspended for three games 
 Tampa Bay, which finished last in the NFC South last season, will be without starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 NFL season. Winston is slated to be suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy, according to the Tampa Times.   The suspension stems from an NFL investigation...

Posted: a day ago

Tampa Bay, which finished last in the NFC South last season, will be without starting quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 NFL season. Winston is slated to be suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy, according to the Tampa Times.   The suspension stems from an NFL investigation...
Ex-Falcons kicker Shayne Graham moves on to college coaching career 
 Kicker Shayne Graham, who helped the Falcons through a rough patch in 2015, has started his career as a special teams coach, according to the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance via ProFootballTalk.com. Graham, who played at Virginia Tech, was a special teams quality control coach with Central Michigan last season and will served as...

Posted: a day ago

Kicker Shayne Graham, who helped the Falcons through a rough patch in 2015, has started his career as a special teams coach, according to the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance via ProFootballTalk.com. Graham, who played at Virginia Tech, was a special teams quality control coach with Central Michigan last season and will served as...
Expert: Falcons likely to make minor adjustment to Julio Jones’ contract
 The Falcons are expected to make an adjustment to All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ contract and not grant an extension, according to CBS Sports NFL business analyst Joel Corry. Corry, a former agent for 16 years, Emory graduate and NFL salary cap expert, wrote a column about 12 prime candidates to sign contract extensions prior...

Posted: a day ago

The Falcons are expected to make an adjustment to All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ contract and not grant an extension, according to CBS Sports NFL business analyst Joel Corry. Corry, a former agent for 16 years, Emory graduate and NFL salary cap expert, wrote a column about 12 prime candidates to sign contract extensions prior...
Sanu making money moves in juice industry
 Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and Redskins tight end Vernon Davis have entered in a business partnership in order to bring  juice stores to the Washington, D.C., area.  Sanu and Davis, a native of the District, are planning to develop six Jamba Juice stores throughout the region. They expect to open their first store in Northern...

Posted: a day ago

Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and Redskins tight end Vernon Davis have entered in a business partnership in order to bring juice stores to the Washington, D.C., area.  Sanu and Davis, a native of the District, are planning to develop six Jamba Juice stores throughout the region. They expect to open their first store in Northern...
Cover 9@9: Realistic expectations for rookie Calvin Ridley 
 1. Realistic Ridley: What are the realistic expectations for Falcons first-round pick Calvin Ridley?  Maryland’s D.J. Moore was the first wide receiver selected in the draft. He went 24th to Carolina. Two picks later, the Falcons selected Ridley.   The Falcons were pleased with Ridley’s offseason. “Comfort...

Posted: 2 days ago

1. Realistic Ridley: What are the realistic expectations for Falcons first-round pick Calvin Ridley?  Maryland’s D.J. Moore was the first wide receiver selected in the draft. He went 24th to Carolina. Two picks later, the Falcons selected Ridley.   The Falcons were pleased with Ridley’s offseason. “Comfort...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: A trip through the Julio Jones free zone 
 In the 62nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we take a flight through the Julio Jones free-zone, discuss the killing off of the Friday Night Lights event during training camp, the wide receiving corps and realistic expectations for rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. » Listen: D. Led’s Interview with ESPN Charlotte&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

In the 62nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we take a flight through the Julio Jones free-zone, discuss the killing off of the Friday Night Lights event during training camp, the wide receiving corps and realistic expectations for rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley. » Listen: D. Led’s Interview with ESPN Charlotte&rsquo...
Falcons training camp dates set, several practices open to public
 The Falcons will open training camp on July 27, the team announced on Friday. The camp will run through Aug. 4 with selected dates open to the public. The team reports on Thursday, July 26.  Practices are open to the public on Friday, July 27; Saturday, July 28; Monday, July 30; Wednesday, Aug. 1; Thursday, Aug. 2; Friday, Aug. 3; Saturday...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Falcons will open training camp on July 27, the team announced on Friday. The camp will run through Aug. 4 with selected dates open to the public. The team reports on Thursday, July 26.  Practices are open to the public on Friday, July 27; Saturday, July 28; Monday, July 30; Wednesday, Aug. 1; Thursday, Aug. 2; Friday, Aug. 3; Saturday...
Even without Jones, Falcons believe they had a strong offseason program 
 Before spreading out to cities around the country, the Falcons gathered  in the far corner of their practice field one last time.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the team, which was minus its four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, that they had the “finest” offseason he’d ever been associated with before dismissing...

Posted: 7 days ago

Before spreading out to cities around the country, the Falcons gathered in the far corner of their practice field one last time.  Falcons coach Dan Quinn told the team, which was minus its four-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, that they had the “finest” offseason he’d ever been associated with before dismissing...
Quinn confident a deal with Jones will get done before training camp 
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn is confident that Julio Jones’ contract situation will get resolved in time for him to attend training camp, which is set for late July. “The good news is that there are conversations that have begun,” Quinn said on Thursday after the team’s three-day minicamp was completed. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is confident that Julio Jones’ contract situation will get resolved in time for him to attend training camp, which is set for late July. “The good news is that there are conversations that have begun,” Quinn said on Thursday after the team’s three-day minicamp was completed. “We&rsquo...
10 things we learned from Falcons’ minicamp
 Without wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons concluded a mandatory three-day minicamp and their offseason program on Thursday.  The Falcons tried their collective best to downplay the absence of the four-time All-Pro player, who’s holding out in a contract dispute. “I told them this is the finest offseason that I&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Without wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons concluded a mandatory three-day minicamp and their offseason program on Thursday.  The Falcons tried their collective best to downplay the absence of the four-time All-Pro player, who’s holding out in a contract dispute. “I told them this is the finest offseason that I&rsquo...