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 promote Richard Jarvis to active roster
 The Falcons promoted linebacker Richard Jarvis to the active roster and reached an injury settlement with linebacker Corey Nelson on Saturday. The move comes ahead of Sunday’s NFC South game against the Saints Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jarvis, an undrafted free agent from Brown University, made the active roster following preseason...

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The Falcons promoted linebacker Richard Jarvis to the active roster and reached an injury settlement with linebacker Corey Nelson on Saturday. The move comes ahead of Sunday’s NFC South game against the Saints Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jarvis, an undrafted free agent from Brown University, made the active roster following preseason...
Falcons’ Kazee fined $10,026 for hit on Cam Newton 
 Falcons free safety Damontae Kazee was fined $10,026 for the hit   he put on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Friday.  He became the third Falcons player to be fined this season. Grady Jarrett was fined ($20,054) for his hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and tight end Eric Saubert was fined ($10,026) for a face-mask penalty...

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Falcons free safety Damontae Kazee was fined $10,026 for the hit he put on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Friday.  He became the third Falcons player to be fined this season. Grady Jarrett was fined ($20,054) for his hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and tight end Eric Saubert was fined ($10,026) for a face-mask penalty...
Falcons’ Julio Jones back at practice Friday 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has a calf injury, was limited at practice Friday, per the team’s official injury report.  The Falcons (1-1) are set to play the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (calf), running back Devonta Freeman (knee), defensive end Derrick...

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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has a calf injury, was limited at practice Friday, per the team’s official injury report.  The Falcons (1-1) are set to play the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (calf), running back Devonta Freeman (knee), defensive end Derrick...
Where to watch, listen to Saints vs. Falcons
 What you should know about Sunday’s NFL NFC South game between the Falcons and the Saints: - Time: 1 p.m. - Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium - TV: Fox Sports:  Play-by-Play: Sam Rosen. Color Analysis: Cris Carter. Sideline: Sara Walsh. - Local Radio:  92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham. Color Analyst...

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What you should know about Sunday’s NFL NFC South game between the Falcons and the Saints: - Time: 1 p.m. - Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium - TV: Fox Sports:  Play-by-Play: Sam Rosen. Color Analysis: Cris Carter. Sideline: Sara Walsh. - Local Radio:  92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play: Wes Durham. Color Analyst...
QB corner: What Matt Ryan had to say about the Saints 
 Here are three questions with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the Saints: On which team is he preparing to see – a team playing man or zone: “I mean we’ll be prepared for a lot of different things. One of the things that their scheme has is multiple looks whether it’s in the front seven or in the backend. They do...

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Here are three questions with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on the Saints: On which team is he preparing to see – a team playing man or zone: “I mean we’ll be prepared for a lot of different things. One of the things that their scheme has is multiple looks whether it’s in the front seven or in the backend. They do...
X-factor: Falcons must slow down Kamara, Thomas 
 The Falcons must contend with the Saints’  dynamic offense which features running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Mike Thomas when the 1-1 teams play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   With running back Mark Ingram out on suspension (performance-enhancing drugs),  Kamara, who led Norcross High to a state title...

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The Falcons must contend with the Saints’ dynamic offense which features running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Mike Thomas when the 1-1 teams play at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.   With running back Mark Ingram out on suspension (performance-enhancing drugs), Kamara, who led Norcross High to a state title...
On the hot seat: Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley 
 The Falcons (1-1) hope to discover their pass rush when they face the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons haven’t mounted much of a pass rush this season, and defensive end Takk McKinley, who’s tied for the team lead with two sacks, will be slowed by a groin injury if he plays.  Also...

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The Falcons (1-1) hope to discover their pass rush when they face the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  The Falcons haven’t mounted much of a pass rush this season, and defensive end Takk McKinley, who’s tied for the team lead with two sacks, will be slowed by a groin injury if he plays.  Also...
Three key matchups: Saints at Falcons 
 Here are three key matchups for when the Saints (1-1) face the Falcons (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Saints LDE Cam Jordan vs. Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder Matthews: In the last meeting, a Saints 23-13 victory on Dec. 24, Jordan moved around the line and had two sacks, two tackles for losses and four quarterback hits...

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Here are three key matchups for when the Saints (1-1) face the Falcons (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Saints LDE Cam Jordan vs. Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder Matthews: In the last meeting, a Saints 23-13 victory on Dec. 24, Jordan moved around the line and had two sacks, two tackles for losses and four quarterback hits...
Rash of injuries to test Falcons’ roster depth
 The Falcons are getting ready to find out, over the course of the 2018 season, if they have quality depth along their roster. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons lost four starters – two with season-ending injuries.  “You don’t know where you are (from) a depth standpoint until you need it,” said...

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The Falcons are getting ready to find out, over the course of the 2018 season, if they have quality depth along their roster. Over the first two weeks of the season, the Falcons lost four starters – two with season-ending injuries.  “You don’t know where you are (from) a depth standpoint until you need it,” said...
Falcons brace for 98th meeting with Saints
 The Falcons made major progress  from the season opener Sept. 6 to the victory over the Panthers on Sunday. They decreased their penalties from a league-high 15 to 2, improved red-zone scoring from 1-of-5 to 4-of-4 and found their rushing attack. The Falcons (1-1) will be challenged to  another leap forward in Week 3, when they host the New...

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The Falcons made major progress from the season opener Sept. 6 to the victory over the Panthers on Sunday. They decreased their penalties from a league-high 15 to 2, improved red-zone scoring from 1-of-5 to 4-of-4 and found their rushing attack. The Falcons (1-1) will be challenged to another leap forward in Week 3, when they host the New...
Falcons’ Julio Jones, McKinley, Shelby and Freeman miss practice 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was in a group of five players who did not practice Thursday, per the team’s official injury report. Jones plans to play against the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He likely will be listed as questionable in Friday’s final injury report of the week.   &ldquo...

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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was in a group of five players who did not practice Thursday, per the team’s official injury report. Jones plans to play against the Saints (1-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He likely will be listed as questionable in Friday’s final injury report of the week.   &ldquo...