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

Q&A: Saints coach Sean Payton on facing the Falcons

  • 5:53 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talked about the addition of safety Jairus Byrd, ‘Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ health and facing Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:

Here are some of the highlights:

Q: How does Jairus Byrd make your defense better?

A: PAYTON: Well, he’s a smart football player. He’s got very good ball skills. His instincts are something that help him tremendous at free safety. He’s very productive with the ball and around the ball whether if it’s fumbles and/or interceptions. It was something that [More]

49ers TE Vernon Davis not stressed about his holdout

  • 10:00 am Friday, June 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis participated in the 5 Star Athlete Management’s football camp hosted by Atlanta-based Super-Agent Todd France and several sponsors on Thursday at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

Davis, who recently laid out his case for a new contract as a quest columnist for, is not stressing about his contract position, hopes that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham wins his case and believes that San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is developing nicely.

Here’s what Davis had to say:

Q: How difficult has it been dealing with your contract situation?

A: It hasn’t been difficult at all. There are no worries. There [More]