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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]

SNEAK PREVIEW: Armstrong goes man-to-man on Hard Knocks at 10 p.m.

  • 1:29 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The fourth installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set for 10 p.m. tonight.

Falcons special teams coach

Also, fans will get to see how the Falcons have to shift into their indoor practice facility when there is a thunderstorm in the area.

THIRD EXHIBITION GAME: TITANS 24, FALCONS 17

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones shine for Falcons against Titans

Coach praises Schrader for sticking up for Ryan

Falcons Southward leaves game with possible head injury

Falcons rookie LB Jacques Smith ejected from the game

PHOTO GALLERY: Titans vs. Falcons

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Jaguars game

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith was noncommittal when asked twice if running back Steven Jackson would play against Jacksonville on Thursday.

“In terms of what we’re going to do with playing time, there will be some guys that will and there will be some guys that won’t,” Smith said. “We’ve got some guys that we need to get some work and we’ve got some guys that we definitely know what they’re capable of doing. The ones that we know what they’re capable of doing will probably not get a lot of work.”

Jackson, as a veteran, is likely in the [More]

ROSTER ANALYSIS: Projected 53-man roster for the Falcons

  • 8:28 am Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons are likely to cut down to 75 players today, in plenty of time before for the Tuesday deadline.

There’s no reason to bring back 15 players on Monday, just to cut them on Tuesday, while you’re getting ready for the final exhibition game on Thursday.

“This year has been really interesting coming into camp to see how competitive it is at all levels,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Not only at our veteran level, but also at the rookie level. Coach Mike Smith has done such a great job of getting the point across that it doesn’t matter where [More]

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