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

A look at who’s hot, who’s not with cuts looming

11:22 am Aug. 22, 2015

(Matt Ryan and the first team offense started hot, but the reserves couldn’t hold a 14-0 lead in a 30-22 loss to the Jets. The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Courtney Fallon discuss.)


Jake Matthews cleared for practice 

1:38 pm Jul. 30, 2015

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons starting left tackle Jake Matthews, who had offseason foot surgery, said he has been cleared for practice after checking into his condo for training camp on Thursday.

Also, right guard Jon Asamoah (ankle)

5 things to watch at open OTA session today

7:40 am Jun. 9, 2015

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons hold their final open OTA session today.

They will also practice on Wednesday and Thursday before taking a short break before the mandatory minicamp

starts next Tuesday, with open practices Tuesday, Wednesday

Is Chris Chester an upgrade over Justin Blalock?

11:45 am Jun. 1, 2015

FLOWERY BRANCH – After reviewing some of the numbers, it doesn’t appear that recently signed Chris Chester is much of an upgrade over former Falcons starting left guard Justin Blalock.

Blalock, 6-foot-4, 326 pounds, was selected

Could Asamoah be the answer at left guard?

8:09 am May. 22, 2015

FLOWERY BRANCH – Over the offseason, the Falcons didn’t make a major move to replace left guard Justin Blalock, who was released after starting 125 games from 2007 to 2014.

The Falcons did sign Mike Person,

Countdown to camp: Day 5 — Offensive line

6:00 am Jul. 21, 2014

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