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

VIDEO: D. Led – Falcons to match up with Texans

  • 6:59 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter


Date                               Practice Times (public availability)

Thursday, August 14                Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX), 9 a.m. ET

Friday, August 15                     Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                  Falcons at Houston Texans

NRG Stadium

8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

Break Camp

Texans safety Swearinger on facing the Falcons

  • 10:00 am Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger participated in the 5 Star Athlete Management’s football camp hosted by Atlanta-based Super-Agent Todd France and several sponsors on Wednesday at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

The former South Carolina product is coming of a strong rookie campaign.

Here are five questions with Swearinger:

Q: What are you expecting from the practices against the Falcons in training camp?

A: It will be great with the Falcons coming down to Houston. We should have a lot of competition, so it should be great for both teams.

Q: How did you feel your rookie season went in 2013 after starting 10 out of 16 games?

A: [More]

Falcons to practice with Titans, Texans in training camp

  • 10:57 am Friday, June 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons will report for training camp on July 22 and July 23 and will take the field for their first practice on July 25 at the team’s Flowery Branch headquarters.

The Falcons will conduct 34 sessions and will hold combined practices with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans during training camp.

The Falcons will practice with the Titans in Flowery Branch, on Monday, August 4 and travel to Houston to practice with the Texans on Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14.

The Falcons hosted combined practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots in Flowery Branch in [More]

Falcons revamped line to get tested early by Texans

  • 9:23 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons revamped offensive line will get tested early in training camp when they travel to hold two practices against the Houston Texans before playing them in an exhibition game on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Houston’s defensive line, which features two-time Pro Bowler and 2012 defensive player of the year J.J. Watt, will provide a stout test for the Falcons, who could have three new starters along the offensive line. Also, left tackle Sam Baker is returning from knee surgery.

The Falcons drafted right tackle Jake Matthews with the sixth overall pick in the draft and signed right guard Jon [More]

12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is set to leave for Phoenix today to start the final month of his preparations before Georgia’s Pro Day on April 16.

“He will work with quarterback coach Terry Shea,” said Pat Dye, Jr., Murray’s Atlanta-based agent. “We think the first week he’s there he’s going to be working with RGIII (Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III).”

Here’s the Sunday story on Murray skipping spring break to work on his craft.

Murray tore his ACL against Kentucky on Senior Night and had surgery the following Tuesday.

“He’s been training in Pensacola with the Athletes’ Performance, but they also have the Andrews [More]

Louisville’s Marcus Smith to work out for Falcons

  • 3:10 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons didn’t directly address their lack of a pass rush in free agency.

However, they have taken four defensive ends in recent drafts — Cliff Matthews, Jonathan Massaquoi, Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga — and hope to get Kroy Biermann back next season from Achilles surgery. However, they appear ready to address the pass rush in the draft.

Lousiville’s Marcus Smith, a 6-foot-3, 252 pound defensive end/linebacker, said that he has a workout scheduled with the Falcons on Wednesday, according to Jody Demling, who’s at Louisville’s Pro Day. (He’s the publisher of Cardinal Authority, a  site.)

Smith, who played from Columbus Hardaway High, is projected as a [More]

VIDEO: Johnny Manziel at the NFL scouting combine

  • 12:28 pm Friday, February 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, a projected top 10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, measured 5-foot-11 3/4, and weighed 207 pounds, according to NFL Media analysts Gil Brandt and Daniel Jeremiah.

VIDEO – MMQB: Jadeveon Clowney readies for NFL draft

  • 7:29 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney talks about his preparation for the NFL scouting combine and what it would mean to be the first person drafted.

Mayock concerned about Clowney’s mentality

  • 4:00 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

INDIANAPOLIS – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is ready to hold court for the next week and help anchor the league’s television coverage.

He likes the 2014 draft class, which is headed by South Carolina’s defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

“This year, the draft is stacked,” Mayock said. “I think you can get a quality player for three or four rounds.”

After the 2013 collapse, the Falcons are set to pick sixth overall in this deep draft. They have all seven of their picks and
could end up with three or four compensatory picks.

“One reason is the playmakers at the top of this draft,” Mayock said. “It’s [More]