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

VIDEO: QB Matt Ryan on the team making strides

  • 7:15 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Cover 9@9: Just a matter of time before exhibition games are history

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Let’s get right to it this morning:

1. THE FUTURE OF EXHIBITION GAMES: Perhaps the day is coming where the fans are not forced to pay regular-season football prices for exhibition games.

Nobody likes the exhibition season.

The fans, players (Sam Baker) and the football folks.

“Our goal is to obviously get to the season as healthy as possible,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We know that the more games in preseason, the more apt you are to run the risk of an injury. That could happen in Game 1 as we’ve seen. I think the league is well thought out with how they’re approaching [More]

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Jaguars game

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith was noncommittal when asked twice if running back Steven Jackson would play against Jacksonville on Thursday.

“In terms of what we’re going to do with playing time, there will be some guys that will and there will be some guys that won’t,” Smith said. “We’ve got some guys that we need to get some work and we’ve got some guys that we definitely know what they’re capable of doing. The ones that we know what they’re capable of doing will probably not get a lot of work.”

Jackson, as a veteran, is likely in the [More]

ROSTER ANALYSIS: Projected 53-man roster for the Falcons

  • 8:28 am Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons are likely to cut down to 75 players today, in plenty of time before for the Tuesday deadline.

There’s no reason to bring back 15 players on Monday, just to cut them on Tuesday, while you’re getting ready for the final exhibition game on Thursday.

“This year has been really interesting coming into camp to see how competitive it is at all levels,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Not only at our veteran level, but also at the rookie level. Coach Mike Smith has done such a great job of getting the point across that it doesn’t matter where [More]

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:

OFFENSE

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]

VIDEO: Falcons QB Matt Ryan on the offense

  • 1:46 am Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Marvez picks Falcons to finish 9-7 or 10-6

  • 12:19 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio concluded their stay at the Falcons training camp on Monday and then headed up the road to Spartanburg, S.C. to visit the Carolina Panthers.

During the wrap-up of their show they shared with their listeners what they thought about the Falcons.

Here are a couple of highlights followed by the transcript:

THE QUICK HITS

–Marvez believes the Falcons are a 9-7, 10-6 team.

–Marvez and Brandt are worried about the secondary.

–Brandt likes Desmond Trufant. He noted that theTrufants — Desmond, Marcus and Isaiah — are tough in part because their father was a boxer.

–Brandt called Matt [More]

5 questions with Falcons QB Matt Ryan

  • 2:35 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has not spoken to the media at-large yet in training camp.

He will speak after today’s practice, the fifth of training camp. We’ll have a story on MYAJC.COM later what he did this offseason and some video later. 

Ryan, who’s rooming with quarterback T.J. Yates, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and running back Steven Jackson, did speak to radio station 680TheFan Tuesday morning.

Here’s some of what Ryan had to say:

ON THE OKLAHOMA DRILL: “That’s what the attitude of playing football is all about. I think that’s what coach (Mike) Smith was going for yesterday. I think guys brought into it. [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 1 — Quarterbacks

  • 6:00 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Finally, training camp is here.

The team takes the field this morning and holds an afternoon practice that will be open to the public.

We’ll have updates throughout the day, so feel free to check back at AJC.com for updates.

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 

Countdown to camp: Day 5 – Offensive line

Countdown to camp: Day [More]

Tom Moore: Johnny Manziel ‘will be good’

  • 10:59 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREENSBORO — Longtime NFL assistant coach Tom Moore, 75, knows a few things about developing quarterbacks.

While with the Indianapolis Colts, he helped to develop Peyton Manning. Moore is currently a consultant with the Arizona Cardinals. He coached at Georgia Tech in 1970-71.

He likes how the Falcons have brought along quarterback Matt Ryan after drafting him third overall in the 2008 draft.

“I think he’s an excellent quarterback,” Moore said before playing in Bruce Arians golf outing on Monday. “I think he’s had great success. He’s got in some situations last year with injuries and things like that, but that does not [More]