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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Kicker Matt Bryant to be game-day decision 
 Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who suffered an undisclosed injury, kicked about 15 footballs during the closed portion of the team’s practice on Wednesday. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that he’ll make a game-day decision on whether Bryant will play in the second exhibition game against the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who suffered an undisclosed injury, kicked about 15 footballs during the closed portion of the team’s practice on Wednesday. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that he’ll make a game-day decision on whether Bryant will play in the second exhibition game against the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz...
Kazee looking to follow up bone-rattling performance against Chiefs
 Second-year defensive back Damontae Kazee was the star of the Falcons’ exhibition opener. He roamed the field like a heat-seeking missile and blew up ball carriers. He finished with 11 tackles, including nine solo hits. Kazee is in an uphill battle to pry his way into the Falcons’ deep and talented secondary. He hopes  to have...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Second-year defensive back Damontae Kazee was the star of the Falcons’ exhibition opener. He roamed the field like a heat-seeking missile and blew up ball carriers. He finished with 11 tackles, including nine solo hits. Kazee is in an uphill battle to pry his way into the Falcons’ deep and talented secondary. He hopes to have...
COVER9@9: Sarkisian expects offense to bounce back against Chiefs 
 1. Offensive flop: Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was not happy with the performance of the first-team unit in the 17-0 exhibition loss to the Jets. The team went backward. Matt Ryan and company lost  six yards and had two penalties. The first unit was without wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman. ...

Posted: 11 hours ago

1. Offensive flop: Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was not happy with the performance of the first-team unit in the 17-0 exhibition loss to the Jets. The team went backward. Matt Ryan and company lost six yards and had two penalties. The first unit was without wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman. ...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Matt Ryan is comfortable heading into the prime of his career
 In the 69th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan stops by to discuss where he’s at in his career and the outlook for the offense this season. Also, tight end Logan Paulsen stops by along with special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. It’s also noted that the Falcons’ defense has a good...

Posted: a day ago

In the 69th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan stops by to discuss where he’s at in his career and the outlook for the offense this season. Also, tight end Logan Paulsen stops by along with special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. It’s also noted that the Falcons’ defense has a good...
Jones, Sarkisian building stronger bond 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is developing a stronger bond with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Last season, they were both feeling each other out as Jones was coming back from toe surgery. Sarkisian first called a play for Jones in the season opener, without the benefit of much practice. The relationship between Sarkisian and...

Posted: a day ago

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is developing a stronger bond with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Last season, they were both feeling each other out as Jones was coming back from toe surgery. Sarkisian first called a play for Jones in the season opener, without the benefit of much practice. The relationship between Sarkisian and...
Falcons part-owner Barker named to Pro Football Hall of Fame board of trustees
 Brian J. Barker, a limited partner in the  Atlanta Falcons franchise, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of trustees recently at the annual meeting in Canton, Ohio. Barker, founder and chairman of AFS Logistics, was elected along with Brian S. Belden, James A. Porter, John A. Sirpilla and Robert A. Zmudka. Barker became a...

Posted: a day ago

Brian J. Barker, a limited partner in the Atlanta Falcons franchise, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of trustees recently at the annual meeting in Canton, Ohio. Barker, founder and chairman of AFS Logistics, was elected along with Brian S. Belden, James A. Porter, John A. Sirpilla and Robert A. Zmudka. Barker became a...
What Jones told Ridley before his NFL debut 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had some advice for first-round pick Calvin Ridley before he made his NFL debut against the Jets last Friday.  “Calvin was going to be ready regardless,” Jones said on Tuesday. “One of the things I told him, don’t hang his head on…everybody is always like his debut. That...

Posted: a day ago

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones had some advice for first-round pick Calvin Ridley before he made his NFL debut against the Jets last Friday.  “Calvin was going to be ready regardless,” Jones said on Tuesday. “One of the things I told him, don’t hang his head on…everybody is always like his debut. That...
Quinn, Dimitroff met to discuss cut down to 53-man roster 
 With three exhibition games to play, the Falcons’ brain trust has started looking at different scenarios for the cutdown from a 90-man roster to 53-man roster. The Falcons are set to host the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team must cutdown to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sept. 4.  “It’s actually...

Posted: a day ago

With three exhibition games to play, the Falcons’ brain trust has started looking at different scenarios for the cutdown from a 90-man roster to 53-man roster. The Falcons are set to host the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team must cutdown to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sept. 4.  “It’s actually...
Riley remains upbeat after uneven outing against the Jets 
 Falcons second-year linebacker Duke Riley is trying to bounce back after a rough outing against the Jets. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he saw some improvement in Riley, but also said there’s still room for more improvement.  Riley allowed five receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown, according to profootballfocus.com. He also...

Posted: 2 days ago

Falcons second-year linebacker Duke Riley is trying to bounce back after a rough outing against the Jets. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he saw some improvement in Riley, but also said there’s still room for more improvement.  Riley allowed five receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown, according to profootballfocus.com. He also...
Tweetcap: Quinn eager get back to practice 
 The Falcons were set to return to practice with a “pretty long list” of things to work on, coach Dan Quinn said on Monday. The Falcons loss to the New York Jets 17-0 on Friday and Quinn was “disappointed” in the effort.  The Falcons are set to host the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Falcons were set to return to practice with a “pretty long list” of things to work on, coach Dan Quinn said on Monday. The Falcons loss to the New York Jets 17-0 on Friday and Quinn was “disappointed” in the effort.  The Falcons are set to host the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
INJURY REPORT: Kicker Matt Bryant to test injury on Wednesday 
 Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who has an undisclosed injury, will kick off to the side on Monday, according to the Falcons. » More: Falcons depth chart vs. Chiefs Bryant will test his leg on Wednesday and a determination will be made about his availability for the game against the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ...

Posted: 2 days ago

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who has an undisclosed injury, will kick off to the side on Monday, according to the Falcons. » More: Falcons depth chart vs. Chiefs Bryant will test his leg on Wednesday and a determination will be made about his availability for the game against the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. ...