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

VIDEO: D. Led – What to expect as Falcons try to rebound

  • 12:57 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov preview Thursday night’s Falcons-Bucs game by talking about Atlanta’s offensive & defensive lines, plus the team’s injuries.


GAME STORY: Falcons manhandled by Bengals in 24-10 loss

 JEFF SCHULTZ: Falcons let everybody see their ugly side

Alford, Falcons get burned by big gamble

Falcons quoteboard from Bengals’ loss

Julio Jones returned after tweaking is foot

Two Bengals who have something to play for

Giovani Bernard set career marks for Bengals

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Titans game

  • 8:09 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons released their depth chart for the third exhibition game against Tennessee at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Here it is:


WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 19 Drew Davis, 89 Bernard Reedy, 87 Tramaine Thompson

16 Julian Jones, 8 Jabin Sambrano

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Terren Jones, 64 Pat McQuistan

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 79 Mike Johnson, 67 Adam Replogle

C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 62 James Stone

RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 69 Harlan Gunn, 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 76 Lamar Holmes, 68 Gabe Carimi, 73 Ryan Schraeder

TE 80 Levine Toilolo, 86 Bear Pascoe, 82 Mickey Shuler, [More]

Are the Falcons contenders or pretenders?

  • 8:00 am Monday, August 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — When the Tennessee Titans were here to practice two weeks ago, safety Bernard Pollard let everyone know what he thought of the Falcons.

Pollard tried to fire-up his teammates as he ran up and down the sidelines yelling, “They are pretenders. Remember, they are pretenders.”

The Falcons first-team offense didn’t look like pretenders against the Miami Dolphins. They appeared legit.

Against Houston, they looked like pretenders and couldn’t block an elite pass rusher in rookie Jadeveon Clowney.

Now, they’ll have to pass protect with a rookie at left tackle.

The first-team defense was shaky in both outings and have not looked like [More]

UPDATE: Sam Baker out for year with torn patellar tendon

  • 11:23 am Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Falcons left tackle Sam Baker has a torn right patellar tendon and will be for the season, the Falcons announced Sunday.

“Following his injury in the game, Sam underwent a number of tests and it was determined that he had suffered a torn patellar tendon and will miss the rest of the season,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “Sam had worked extremely hard to get back on the field after missing most of last season, and he was having a good camp. I know he is disappointed, but I also know he [More]

HARD KNOCKS SNEAK PREVIEW: Matthews 1, Biermann 0

  • 1:41 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.


It shows the fight between rookie Jake Matthews and defensive end Kroy Biermann on the first day of practice.

Looks like the rookie isn’t going to back down from no one.

Falcons coach Mike Smith went over to Biermann and said, “you had to get that started on the first day.”

Matt Ryan is also in the preview questioning the wisdom of fighting on the first day of practice.


Spotlighted on tonight’s series premiere of Hard Knocks on HBO at 10 p.m. ET: QB Matt Ryan; [More]

Left tackle Sam Baker is off to a strong start

  • 7:32 pm Sunday, July 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons left tackle Sam Baker is off to a strong start after recovering from right knee surgery over the offseason.

Some of the other players coming back from injuries — wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive end Kroy Biermann — are on limited practice schedules.

Not Baker.

“I’m feeling good,” Baker said.

He’s adjusting to this third offensive line coach. The Falcons had Paul Boudreau from 2008-2010. He was replaced by Pat Hill and Paul Dunn. After Hill and Dunn were fired over the offseason, the Falcons hired Mike Tice to coach the offensive line.

Tice’s offensive line assistant is Wade Harman.

“It’s good to [More]

Q&A: A pre-training camp chat with Mike Smith

  • 8:00 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Before training camp opens today, we chatted with Falcons coach Mike Smith, the winningest coach in franchise history, who’s determined to rebound from his first losing season.

He was in good spirits during an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He shared some thoughts about the team and gave the fans some key information before things get started today with a closed morning walk-through and an open afternoon practice. 

(Check back later throughout the day as we post stories, notes, blogs and videos on from the first day of training camp.)  

Q: How are you all going to make sure [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 5 — Offensive line

  • 6:00 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Football is almost back!

Coach Mike Smith, who’s been out in Montana, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who’s been out cycling with Lance Armstrong, report back to the office today.

The rookies report Tuesday, the veterans Thursday and the first practice is set for Friday.

We started our countdown 10 days out.

Countdown to camp: Day 10 – The new coaches

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

Countdown to camp: Day 7 — Linebackers

Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line

Today, we’ll look at the revamped offensive line.

The Falcons signed guard [More]

Jake Matthews soaking up ‘Life Lessons’

  • 4:28 pm Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons  rookie Jake Matthews, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has written a blog from the NFL’s Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio.

His blog is titled “Life Lessons To Remember.” Here’s the link!

So far, it’s been a humbling experience for Matthews, who was moved by Donte Stallworth’s speech.

One quote that I heard today that really resonated with me was: “A fool learns from his own mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” Donte Stallworth said that during his presentation about his DUI charge and that whole incident.

There has been some emotional and financial [More]

Watch: Falcons rookie tackle Jake Matthews on blocking team’s big linemen

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by mcrcunn02

FLOWERY BRANCH–At the conclusion of Falcons minicamp rookie right tackle Jake Matthews talked about blocking the team’s big defensive linemen, fitting in with his new teammates and adjusting to the pro game.