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Q&A: Saints QB Drew Brees on his 13-4 record vs. the Falcons

  • 7:22 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talked about their offense, preparing for linebacker Paul Worrilow and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:

Here are some of the highlights:

Q: What do you attribute you and coach (Sean) Payton’s success against the Falcons to over the years?

A: At the end of the day, there are a lot of similarities between the teams. Four out of the last six years, we’ve been to the playoffs. That counts for both teams. . . . These are successful programs. Winning programs. We both play well [More]

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Saints game

  • 5:04 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.


WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock 62 James Stone

C 61 Joe Hawley 66 Peter Konz

RG 75 Jon Asamoah 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 76 Lamar Holmes 68 Gabe Carimi

TE 80 Levine Toilolo 86 Bear Pascoe

WR 11 Julio Jones 17 Devin Hester 15 Courtney Roby

QB 2 Matt Ryan 13 TJ Yates

12 Sean Renfree

RB 39 Steven Jackson 32 Jacquizz Rodgers [More]

VIDEO: D. Led’s Preview of Saints (0-0) at Falcons (0-0)

  • 12:41 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Is the Falcons’ offensive line ready to protect Matt Ryan against the Saints? CineSport’s Brian Clark turns to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter for a preview of Sunday’s season opener.

FINAL EXHIBITION GAME: Falcons 24, Jaguars 14

Yates leads Falcons to victory over Jaguars

PHOTO GALLERY from the win over Jacksonville

Falcons convert in short yardage situation

Falcons rest key starters in exhibition finale

Roster spots were up for grabs against Jacksonville

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]

5 things to know about the Falcons’ 2014 schedule

  • 8:01 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The NFL released the Falcons’ 2014 schedule on Wednesday.

Here’s our quickie analysis. Check back later for more in depth coverage of the schedule.

1. Falcons open against Saints in rematch of Vaccaro-Gate game.

2. Only two nationally televised games. (Thurs vs. Tampa Bay and MNF at Packers)

3. Falcons play outdoors in Minnesota in September.

4. Bye Week is exactly at the halfway point.

5. Last quarter of the season is pretty rugged with games against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Carolina.


7 p.m., Aug. 8, Friday — vs. Miami

8 p.m., Aug. 16, Saturday — at Houston

7 p.m., Aug. 23, Saturday [More]

Saints match offer sheet Bush signed with Falcons

  • 6:58 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The New Orleans Saints have elected to match an offer sheet the Falcons signed safety Rafael Bush, according to his agent.

The Saints had until Tuesday to match the offer or lose Bush to Atlanta.

The Saints issued Bush a one-year $1.4 million tender earlier this offseason. Bush was originally signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State in 2010.

Before joining the Saints, he also spent time with the Denver Broncos.

The Falcons did no comment about pending personnel moves.


–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 [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]