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.

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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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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...
Ryan believes Jones will catch up quickly to new offensive wrinkles
 The Falcons are installing new wrinkles to the offense this offseason. However, quarterback Matt Ryan believes that wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s missed the entire offseason program and is skipping a mandatory minicamp, won’t have problems catching up. Jones, who’s unhappy with his contract, told coach Dan Quinn on Monday...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Falcons are installing new wrinkles to the offense this offseason. However, quarterback Matt Ryan believes that wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s missed the entire offseason program and is skipping a mandatory minicamp, won’t have problems catching up. Jones, who’s unhappy with his contract, told coach Dan Quinn on Monday...
Day 2 - Five things we learned at Falcons’ minicamp 
 Here are five things we learned at second day of the Falcons’ minicamp on Wednesday:  1. Ridley is human: Falcons first-round draft pick Calvin Ridley showed he was human in 11-on-11 drill. He dropped a pass on a deep crossing route.  2. Basketball Jones: New Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was at practice. He spent a long time...

Posted: 4 days ago

Here are five things we learned at second day of the Falcons’ minicamp on Wednesday:  1. Ridley is human: Falcons first-round draft pick Calvin Ridley showed he was human in 11-on-11 drill. He dropped a pass on a deep crossing route.  2. Basketball Jones: New Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce was at practice. He spent a long time...
Falcons make minor roster move 
 The Falcons signed running back Terrence Magee and waived running back Demario Richard on Wednesday.  The Falcons released Magee on May 15 to make room for safety Jason Hall. Richard was a highly productive back at Arizona State. He rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his career and caught the ball well out of the backfield. He...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Falcons signed running back Terrence Magee and waived running back Demario Richard on Wednesday.  The Falcons released Magee on May 15 to make room for safety Jason Hall. Richard was a highly productive back at Arizona State. He rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his career and caught the ball well out of the backfield. He...
DAY TWO: Julio Jones’ holdout – Will the Falcons levy fines?
 Falcons four-time All-Pro wide receiver Juilo Jones is set to miss his second day of the team’s mandatory minicamp and amass another fine on Wednesday. The Falcons, per the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, can fine Jones $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, for a total of $84,435....

Posted: 4 days ago

Falcons four-time All-Pro wide receiver Juilo Jones is set to miss his second day of the team’s mandatory minicamp and amass another fine on Wednesday. The Falcons, per the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, can fine Jones $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, for a total of $84,435....
Cover 9@9: Knapp happy to be reunited with Quinn
 1. Knapp’s return: Falcons quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was at home working the three practices fields with four quarterbacks at Organized Team Activities and the start of minicamp on Tuesday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with...

Posted: 5 days ago

1. Knapp’s return: Falcons quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was at home working the three practices fields with four quarterbacks at Organized Team Activities and the start of minicamp on Tuesday. Knapp, 54, a longtime NFL assistant, was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2004-06. He helped the Falcons get to the NFC title game with...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Teams don’t always honor contracts, why should players? 
 In the 61st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles Podcast, we look at Julio Jones’ offseason contract holdout. The Falcons, like most NFL teams, cut players annually in what has come to be known as “salary-cap casualties.” Teams don’t always fully honor their contracts, so why should Jones when there’s been a market-shift...

Posted: 5 days ago

In the 61st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles Podcast, we look at Julio Jones’ offseason contract holdout. The Falcons, like most NFL teams, cut players annually in what has come to be known as “salary-cap casualties.” Teams don’t always fully honor their contracts, so why should Jones when there’s been a market-shift...
Quinn, Jones talk but little revealed on star wide receiver’s minicamp absence
 Falcons coach Dan Quinn, after putting the team through its first mandatory minicamp practice, said he wasn’t disappointed that All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to not attend in an offseason contract holdout. “Sometimes football and business intersect,” Quinn said.  The Falcons were fully expecting Jones to...

Posted: 5 days ago

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, after putting the team through its first mandatory minicamp practice, said he wasn’t disappointed that All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to not attend in an offseason contract holdout. “Sometimes football and business intersect,” Quinn said.  The Falcons were fully expecting Jones to...