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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

UPDATED — Falcons cut 10 to make it down to 53 players

  • 3:16 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

UDPATED — The Falcons released cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tight end Mickey Shuler, and linebacker Jacques Smith. The club has also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.


The Falcons have started making their cut down to 53 players today.

Linebacker Jacques Smith, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and tight end Mickey Shuler have been confirmed as being released by their representatives.

Cornerback Ricardo Allen confirmed on twitter that he was cut.

There are un-sourced reports that wide receiver Bernard Reedy, wide [More]

UPDATED: Falcons making cuts — Angerer, Hagens and Smallwood released

  • 1:54 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Linebacker Pat Angerer’s once-promising NFL career could be over after he was released by the Falcons on Friday.

He was in the first round of cuts made by the team, which also released linebacker Yawin Smallwood and fullback Maurice Hagens.

The Falcons were at 75 players after completed the exhibition season with a 2-2 record and have to reach the league-mandated 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday.


Angerer, 27, was trying to make a comeback after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in December. The Colts selected Angerer in the second round of the [More]

Project the Falcons’ final 53-man roster

  • 10:00 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

JACKSONVILLE — Put on your GM hats!!!

It’s time to project the final 53-man roster. The Falcons have until 4 p.m. on Saturday, but I suspect they’ll get this out of the way today.

By getting the cuts done early, the Falcons will have more time to watch the waiver wire and look for some linemen, possibly a fullback or a linebacker.

We’ve done most of the heavy lifting for you. There are  “40 roster locks” listed below.

Here are the pressing concerns as you play Thomas Dimitroff, Scott Pioli and Lionel Vital.

–Will the Falcons keep three quarterbacks?

–Will there be any major veteran cuts?

–Will [More]

Falcons’ road to redemption starts with the Saints

  • 8:07 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

JACKSONVILLE – The big gamble to go standby on the 6:35 a.m. flight didn’t pay off.

So, now I have about three hours to blow and wanted to put up a blog from last night’s festivities.

Found it a little ironic that after T.J. Yates’ dazzling performance, Falcons coach Mike Smith wouldn’t name him the backup quarterback.

“We’re not going to make any declarations,” Smith said. “The only declaration that I’ll make is that Matt Ryan is our starting quarterback. Julio Jones is our starting wide receiver and Roddy White is our starting wide receiver. Those things are set in stones. I’m going [More]

VIDEO: Falcons QB T.J. Yates after the Jacksonville game

  • 12:25 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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T.J. Yates hopes that he did enough to wrap up the backup quarterback spot.

Mike Smith after the win over Jacksonville

  • 12:15 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons coach Mike Smith was pleased with the play of quarterback T.J. Yates, but wasn’t looking forward to making the roster cuts.

VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons end exhibition season on a high note

  • 11:55 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons finished up the preseason with a 24-14 victory over the Jaguars. CineSport’s Justin Termine and the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter recap the game and discuss T.J. Yates’ performance.

VIDEO: QB Matt Ryan on the team making strides

  • 7:15 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Cover 9@9: Just a matter of time before exhibition games are history

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Let’s get right to it this morning:

1. THE FUTURE OF EXHIBITION GAMES: Perhaps the day is coming where the fans are not forced to pay regular-season football prices for exhibition games.

Nobody likes the exhibition season.

The fans, players (Sam Baker) and the football folks.

“Our goal is to obviously get to the season as healthy as possible,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We know that the more games in preseason, the more apt you are to run the risk of an injury. That could happen in Game 1 as we’ve seen. I think the league is well thought out with how they’re approaching [More]

Titans sign ex-Falcons signal-caller Dominique Davis

  • 2:37 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Former Falcons quarterback Dominique Davis, who was released after minicamp, was signed by the Tennessee Titan on Tuesday.

Davis entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent in 2012.

He spent two seasons (2012-13) in Atlanta as the backup quarterback on the 53-man roster, and played in one game (at Tampa Bay) during the 2013 season.

Davis was waived by the Falcons this past June after the Falcons were able to acquire T.J. Yates from the Houston Texans for linebacker Akeem Dent.

Davis, who started his career at Boston College, was a two-year starter at East Carolina, where he threw [More]