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

Falcons’ offense hopes to get its groove back in 2018
 The Falcons’ offense, which hopes to rebound in 2018, didn’t have its top weapon over the offseason. Four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver  Julio Jones did not participate in the team’s offseason program in a contract dispute. The team informed Jones there will be no new deal this year and is hopeful...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Falcons’ offense, which hopes to rebound in 2018, didn’t have its top weapon over the offseason. Four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver  Julio Jones did not participate in the team’s offseason program in a contract dispute. The team informed Jones there will be no new deal this year and is hopeful...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line 
 Falcons center Alex Mack, who was voted second-team All-Pro last season, is the anchor of the offensive line. “We’ve grown a bit since I first showed up,” said Mack, who was signed as a free agent in 2016. “But really, you want to see that, every day, every season, just getting better, one day at a time.” The...

Posted: 2 days ago

Falcons center Alex Mack, who was voted second-team All-Pro last season, is the anchor of the offensive line. “We’ve grown a bit since I first showed up,” said Mack, who was signed as a free agent in 2016. “But really, you want to see that, every day, every season, just getting better, one day at a time.” The...
Falcons tell Jones there will be no new contract this year
 Julio Jones won’t get a new contract as the Falcons are days before reporting to training camp. Will the All-Pro wide receiver show up after he elected to stay away from all team activities this offseason? We’ll know on Wednesday. The Falcons informed Jones they will not give him a desired raised, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 3 days ago

Julio Jones won’t get a new contract as the Falcons are days before reporting to training camp. Will the All-Pro wide receiver show up after he elected to stay away from all team activities this offseason? We’ll know on Wednesday. The Falcons informed Jones they will not give him a desired raised, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Tight end 
 If Falcons tight end Austin Hooper had stayed in school at Stanford and took a redshirt year, he’d just be entering his first year in the NFL. But he came out after his true junior year and was just 21 years old. He had a decent rookie year as a backup, but showed that he and his game needed to mature last season as he took over the...

Posted: 3 days ago

If Falcons tight end Austin Hooper had stayed in school at Stanford and took a redshirt year, he’d just be entering his first year in the NFL. But he came out after his true junior year and was just 21 years old. He had a decent rookie year as a backup, but showed that he and his game needed to mature last season as he took over the...
Nkemdiche holds youth camp while plotting NFL breakthrough season
 Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is excited about returning home to host a football camp while planning for an NFL breakthrough season. The free youth camp will be held on Saturday at Grayson High in Loganville. Nkemdiche, 23, the former number one recruit in the nation and first-round pick of the Cardinals, has a message...

Posted: 4 days ago

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is excited about returning home to host a football camp while planning for an NFL breakthrough season. The free youth camp will be held on Saturday at Grayson High in Loganville. Nkemdiche, 23, the former number one recruit in the nation and first-round pick of the Cardinals, has a message...
Cover 9@9: Matt Ryan’s Camp Brotherhood held at new venue in California 
 1. Camp Brotherhood goes West: Now, it has been three straight offseasons that the Falcons have gathered for a players-only camp. This year, because of the birth of quarterback Matt Ryan’s twins and him doing his father duties, the camp was a little later and at a different venue. The last two were in South Florida and held...

Posted: 4 days ago

1. Camp Brotherhood goes West: Now, it has been three straight offseasons that the Falcons have gathered for a players-only camp. This year, because of the birth of quarterback Matt Ryan’s twins and him doing his father duties, the camp was a little later and at a different venue. The last two were in South Florida and held...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Champions are made in the offseason 
 In the 65th episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and wide receiver Calvin Ridley stop by to help wrap up the offseason. We asked them about the notion that champions are made in the offseason and how they felt after their first offseason with the Falcons. Subscribe to...

Posted: 4 days ago

In the 65th episode of the Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and wide receiver Calvin Ridley stop by to help wrap up the offseason. We asked them about the notion that champions are made in the offseason and how they felt after their first offseason with the Falcons. Subscribe to...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers 
 While four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to stay away from the Falcons’  offseason program and skip the mandatory minicamp, the Falcons tried their best to remain upbeat. They probably made one of those “Keep Calm: Julio will be back” signs and posted in the locker room and flashed...

Posted: 4 days ago

While four-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones elected to stay away from the Falcons’ offseason program and skip the mandatory minicamp, the Falcons tried their best to remain upbeat. They probably made one of those “Keep Calm: Julio will be back” signs and posted in the locker room and flashed...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Running backs 
 When the Falcons open training camp on July 26, they will have a new running backs coach for the second straight year. Bernie Parmalee replaced Keith Carter, who spent one season coaching the position after the legendary Bobby Turner left to join Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers. Carter left to become the offensive line coach for the Titans. ...

Posted: 5 days ago

When the Falcons open training camp on July 26, they will have a new running backs coach for the second straight year. Bernie Parmalee replaced Keith Carter, who spent one season coaching the position after the legendary Bobby Turner left to join Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers. Carter left to become the offensive line coach for the Titans. ...
Julio Jones attends workout with Matt Ryan 
 Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who didn’t attend the offseason program nor the team’s mandatory minicamp, was on hand for quarterback Matt Ryan’s passing camp, per Calvin Ridley’s Snapchat post.  Falcons fans and the team’s website quickly retweeted the social media news that included a picture...

Posted: 5 days ago

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who didn’t attend the offseason program nor the team’s mandatory minicamp, was on hand for quarterback Matt Ryan’s passing camp, per Calvin Ridley’s Snapchat post.  Falcons fans and the team’s website quickly retweeted the social media news that included a picture...
Atlanta Falcons’ 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks
 Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the NFL’s first $30 million man. He’s the top paid player in the league because the Falcons valued his steady leadership and winning ways, which include a franchise-record six playoff trips.  After becoming the first Falcon named the NFL’s most valuable player in 2016, Ryan’s stats...

Posted: 6 days ago

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the NFL’s first $30 million man. He’s the top paid player in the league because the Falcons valued his steady leadership and winning ways, which include a franchise-record six playoff trips.  After becoming the first Falcon named the NFL’s most valuable player in 2016, Ryan’s stats...