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

D. Led’s daily rant: Noise is a good thing

7:02 am Oct. 30, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Memo to the Falcons and coach Dan Quinn,  when you lose three straight — one to Jay Cutler —  and don’t show up for your Super Bowl rematch, there’s going to

Quinn: Upshaw, Sanu to return to practice today

8:24 am Oct. 18, 2017

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said defensive tackle Courtney Upshaw (ankle) and wide receiver Mohammed Sanu (hamstring) will return to practice today on his appearance on 92.9 The Game with John Fricke and Hugh Douglas on

Falcons have best odds to finish season undefeated 

1:52 pm Sep. 23, 2017

DETROIT — Analysts at posted updated odds for the NFL season:


Atlanta Falcons: 999/1

Kansas City Chiefs: 1200/1

Pittsburgh Steelers: 1200/1

Oakland Raiders: 2000/1

Carolina Panthers: 2500/1

Denver Broncos: 2500/1

Detroit Lions: 5000/1

Miami Dolphins:

Falcons make practice squad move

3:40 pm Sep. 19, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH — ‪Falcons signed defensive tackle Taniela Tupou to the practice squad and waived running back Jhurell Pressley on Tuesday.

Report: Grace on team, Brunskill released 

2:18 pm Sep. 2, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons are going to push right up to the 4 p.m. deadline to cut down to their 53-man roster on Saturday. 

Linebacker Jermaine Grace has been told he’s made the team, according

Falcons make a trade for a tackle 

12:29 pm Sep. 1, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH — Denver traded offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo to the Falcons for a 2018 fifth-round pick on Friday, according to the team.

The deal was previously reported per source by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sambrailo was a

Falcons part ways with five players 

11:46 am Aug. 30, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons got a head start on trimming their roster down Wednesday when they waived wide receiver Reginald Davis III, offensive tackle Wil Freeman, and safeties Jordan Moore and Deron Washington.

The Falcons

Sarkisian to call games from the sideline

3:37 pm Aug. 29, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has called plays from the sidelines for his entire career and plans to continue doing so this season he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.

Sarkisian experimented during

Falcons sign defensive end, cut wide receiver 

3:09 pm Aug. 29, 2017

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed defensive end A.J. Jefferson and released wide receiver Bra’lon Cherry on Tuesday.

Jefferson, who played at Mississippi State, is listed at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds.

The Falcons signed Cherry, who played

Jones, Gabriel will play against the Cardinals 

3:46 pm Aug. 26, 2017

Falcons All Pro wide receiver Julio Jones and speedy slot receiver Taylor Gabriel will play tonight against the Cardinals in the opening game at the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, according to the team.

Jones is