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 have a gaping hole at defensive tackle 
 The Falcons’ board is set for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The question is not if the Falcon will select a defensive tackle, it’s when they will do so.  The Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle with the departure of starter Dontari Poe. He signed with the Panthers in...

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The Falcons’ board is set for the draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The question is not if the Falcon will select a defensive tackle, it’s when they will do so.  The Falcons have a gaping hole at defensive tackle with the departure of starter Dontari Poe. He signed with the Panthers in...
Falcons schedule: Game-by-game breakdown
 The Falcons’ 2018 schedule was released on Thursday night and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter broke down each opponent for the upcoming season. After the exhibition schedule, the Falcons will play at the Eagles in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game to kick off the NFL season...

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The Falcons’ 2018 schedule was released on Thursday night and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter broke down each opponent for the upcoming season. After the exhibition schedule, the Falcons will play at the Eagles in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game to kick off the NFL season...
Falcons open season at Eagles, play at Saints on Thanksgiving
 The Falcons open the 2018 regular season at the Eagles with the NFL’s first game of the year - a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. The other schedule highlight is a Thanksgiving Day game at the Saints, the Falcons’ first appearance on the holiday in 11 years. In all, the Falcons play three prime-time games, including...

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The Falcons open the 2018 regular season at the Eagles with the NFL’s first game of the year - a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. The other schedule highlight is a Thanksgiving Day game at the Saints, the Falcons’ first appearance on the holiday in 11 years. In all, the Falcons play three prime-time games, including...
Dimitroff ready to move up for right player 
 Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn tinkered with the team’s digital draft board on Thursday. The NFL Draft is less than a week away and final preparations are being made. Dimitroff wouldn’t reveal the rankings or how much a player was shifted up or down on the ordered list.  The Falcons currently...

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn tinkered with the team’s digital draft board on Thursday. The NFL Draft is less than a week away and final preparations are being made. Dimitroff wouldn’t reveal the rankings or how much a player was shifted up or down on the ordered list.  The Falcons currently...
Watch: What Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said about trading up in draft
 Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has shown a willingness to trade up in the first round of the NFL Draft. He has done so four times in his 10 years with the organization. Here is what Dimitroff said about the possibility of trading up from No. 26 in next week’s draft. Head coach Dan Quinn and Dimitroff met with the media Thursday...

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has shown a willingness to trade up in the first round of the NFL Draft. He has done so four times in his 10 years with the organization. Here is what Dimitroff said about the possibility of trading up from No. 26 in next week’s draft. Head coach Dan Quinn and Dimitroff met with the media Thursday...
Godfather: Falcons held private workout for Fort Hays State’s Nathan Shepherd
 The Falcons’ top personnel men and coaches went to Hays, Kansas to hold a private workout for defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd.  “Their whole group went up to Fort Hayes State to work out Nathan Shepherd is what they did,” said “Godfather” Gil Brandt, a NFL analyst for Sirius XM NFL radio, on Wednesday. ...

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The Falcons’ top personnel men and coaches went to Hays, Kansas to hold a private workout for defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd.  “Their whole group went up to Fort Hayes State to work out Nathan Shepherd is what they did,” said “Godfather” Gil Brandt, a NFL analyst for Sirius XM NFL radio, on Wednesday. ...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons’ 2018 draft board is set 
 In the 52nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons’ draft board. The Falcons have the 26th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which is set for April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has traded up in the first round of four of his 10 drafts since joining the...

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In the 52nd episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss the Falcons’ draft board. The Falcons have the 26th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which is set for April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas. General manager Thomas Dimitroff has traded up in the first round of four of his 10 drafts since joining the...
Cover 9@9: Sanu ready to move on from loss to Eagles
 1. RECONCILED LAST SEASON: At least the Falcons don’t have to spend this offseason addressing the Super Bowl collapse, but they still had to reconcile a tough loss to Philadelphia that ended with them sputtering on the 2-yard line in a 15-10 defeat to a backup quarterback.  The Eagles then parlayed the win into a Super Bowl victory...

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1. RECONCILED LAST SEASON: At least the Falcons don’t have to spend this offseason addressing the Super Bowl collapse, but they still had to reconcile a tough loss to Philadelphia that ended with them sputtering on the 2-yard line in a 15-10 defeat to a backup quarterback.  The Eagles then parlayed the win into a Super Bowl victory...
Falcons schedule to be released Thursday
 The NFL will release its schedule for the 2018 season on Thursday. The home and away opponents for the Falcons were determined after the regular-season in January. Here is a reminder of what the schedule will look like before dates and times are announced. Home: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals...

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The NFL will release its schedule for the 2018 season on Thursday. The home and away opponents for the Falcons were determined after the regular-season in January. Here is a reminder of what the schedule will look like before dates and times are announced. Home: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals...
Jones plans to build on breakthrough Pro Bowl season 
 Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones, in just his second season in the NFL, had a breakthrough campaign in 2017. He led the team with 138 tackles and three interceptions while being named the first-alternate to the Pro Bowl. He played in the game after the Panther’s Luke Kuechly withdrew because of injury. Jones is already planning...

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Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones, in just his second season in the NFL, had a breakthrough campaign in 2017. He led the team with 138 tackles and three interceptions while being named the first-alternate to the Pro Bowl. He played in the game after the Panther’s Luke Kuechly withdrew because of injury. Jones is already planning...
Falcons sign two defensive tackles and cornerback 
 The Falcons signed former Seattle defensive tackle Garrison Smith on Tuesday. The team also signed defensive back Tyson Graham and defensive tackle Justin Zimmer. Smith, who is from Atlanta’s Douglass High and played at Georgia, was not tendered by Seattle as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason. The 26-year old was listed...

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The Falcons signed former Seattle defensive tackle Garrison Smith on Tuesday. The team also signed defensive back Tyson Graham and defensive tackle Justin Zimmer. Smith, who is from Atlanta’s Douglass High and played at Georgia, was not tendered by Seattle as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason. The 26-year old was listed...