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

White, Ryan contend offense is ready to win shootouts to cover for weak defense

  • 9:05 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MINNEAPOLIS — The Falcons’ offensive players are ready to win shootouts the rest of the season if the defense doesn’t improve.

“We are going to have to,” Falcons wide receiver Roddy White told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This team was basically built offensively with all of our players. In games like (the 41-28 loss to Minnesota), we have to find a way to win on offense. Even when it is a shootout and we were able to take the lead, I felt like we need to score another touchdown or two.”

Quarterback Matt Ryan agreed with White.

“Yeah, absolutely we can,” Ryan said after [More]

Roddy White inactive for tonight’s game

  • 6:53 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. (Associated Press).

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who did not practice all week with hamstring injury, was listed on the official injury report as questionable for the Tampa Bay game, which is set for 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

White, 32, a four-time Pro Bowler, was declared out for the game and will be on the inactive list.

Wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) and left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) were listed on the injury report as probable and are active.

White didn’t miss a game in his first eight NFL seasons.

Last season he [More]

VIDEO: D. Led: Falcons mauled by Bengals

  • 12:44 am Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CINCINNATI — Here are some Falcon notes:

–WR Julio Jones finished with a game-high seven receptions for 88 yards with one touchdown. In 11 career games against AFC opponents, Jones has recorded 61 receptions, 949 yards, and seven touchdowns, while averaging 15.5 yards per catch.

–WR Roddy White caught five passes for 42 yards, improving his franchise record streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 114. He has pulled down at least five receptions in seven straight games dating back to last season.

–QB Matt Ryan and White have combined for 530 completions which is the most between any quarterback [More]

Watch: Falcons WR Roddy White on Saints: ‘They’ve got to stop us’

  • 12:04 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Roddy White said facing hated division rival New Orleans motivates the Falcons to be sharper in practice.

COVER 9@9: Falcons need to clean up their dirty laundry

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter


1. SEEING YELLOW: The Falcons must clean up their penalties heading into the regular season if they plan to rebound from last season’s 4-12 mark.

The Falcons committed 39 penalties for 370 yards in the exhibition season. That projects out to 156 penalties over a 16-game season.

Linebacker Tim Dobbins (four), cornerback Robert Alford (four) and left tackle Jake Matthews (four) tied for the team lead.

However, a total of 23 of those 39 penalties (58.9 percent) were committed by players who didn’t make the 53-man roster.

Last season the Falcons had 100 penalties for 788 yards and had 28 first downs nullified.

Tackle [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]

SNEAK PREVIEW: Falcons final Hard Knocks episode tonight

  • 12:07 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The fifth and final installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set for 10 p.m. tonight.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan holds a meeting that Roddy White is three minutes late to and then yawns when quizzed about his assignment.

Also featured in the episode is the exhibition season coming to a close and the coaches evaluation of player performances before the cut down to the 53-man roster.

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

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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]

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins a big fan of Roddy White, Julio Jones

  • 8:00 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON – Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who’s set to enter his second year in the NFL, didn’t want to come off as a drooling fan.

The South Carolina native had a chance to tell Falcons wide receiver Roddy White that he’d been watching him since his days at Alabama-Birmingham. He had a chance to tell Julio Jones that he admires he work.

But Hopkins remained calm and took care of his business.

“Roddy is from South Carolina, so he’s one of the guys that I’ve been watching since he was in college,” said Hopkins, who had 52 catches for 802 yards and [More]

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:


–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]