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

VIDEO: D. Led’s Preview of Saints (0-0) at Falcons (0-0)

  • 12:41 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Is the Falcons’ offensive line ready to protect Matt Ryan against the Saints? CineSport’s Brian Clark turns to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter for a preview of Sunday’s season opener.

FINAL EXHIBITION GAME: Falcons 24, Jaguars 14

Yates leads Falcons to victory over Jaguars

PHOTO GALLERY from the win over Jacksonville

Falcons convert in short yardage situation

Falcons rest key starters in exhibition finale

Roster spots were up for grabs against Jacksonville

SNEAK PREVIEW: Falcons final Hard Knocks episode tonight

  • 12:07 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan holds a meeting that Roddy White is three minutes late to and then yawns when quizzed about his assignment.

Also featured in the episode is the exhibition season coming to a close and the coaches evaluation of player performances before the cut down to the 53-man roster.

FINAL EXHIBITION GAME: Falcons 24, Jaguars 14

Yates leads Falcons to victory over Jaguars

PHOTO GALLERY from the win over Jacksonville

Falcons convert in short yardage situation

Falcons [More]

Here’s a peek at the Falcons (initial) 53-man roster

  • 4:17 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s a look at the Falcons initial 53-man roster.

They have 25 on offense, 25 on defense and three specialists.

They will monitor the waiver wire in order fill out there 10-man practice squad and possibly do some juggling to the back end of the roster.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have the sixth position on the waiver wire.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Matt Ryan, T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman and Patrick DiMarco.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Devin Hester, Courtney Roby and Eric Weems

TIGHT ENDS (2)

Levine Toilolo, Bear Pascoe.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

Jake Matthews, Justin [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.

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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]

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.