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

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]

Cover 9@9: Who else is wearing female deodorant?

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

( You can read the Cover9@9 blog  every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons. Here’s the third installment.  – D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. Man Law violation: Admission time.

Like Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, I’ve worn Secret deodorant.

But, let’s be clear, I’ve never worn female deodorant on a regular basis.

I ran out of some manly Old Spice and the only thing in the house was some Secret.

I had to make a decision.

Smell funky all day during the open locker room period and be talked about by the media, players [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 2 — Running backs

  • 6:00 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The countdown rolls on!

The veterans report today. The rookies have been on site since Tuesday and the first practice is set for Friday.

The media fitness run is Saturday at noon. I’ve checked with president and CEO Rich McKay to see if the ambulances are ready. Also, we’ll need to make sure that at least two CPR-trained Falcons cheerleaders are on-site.

HERE’S the big NEWS heading into camp: Falcons WR Julio Jones cleared for practice.

Check back this afternoon as we’ll post some blog items and a video or two on AJC.com since there is some media access from 1 p.m. [More]

VIDEO: Do Falcons have best WR Duo?

  • 12:24 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Are Julio Jones and Roddy White the best wide receiver tandem in the league? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov discuss that and what they need from Steven Jackson in 2014.

PROJECTED 2014 TRAINING CAMP DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 13 Darius Johnson, 14 Courtney Roby, 18 Freddie Martino, 89 Bernard Reedy,

LT 72 Sam Baker, 76 Lamar Holmes, 74 Terren Jones

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 68 Gabe Carimi, 67 Adam Replogle

C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 62 James Stone

RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 69 Harland Gunn

RT 70 Jake Matthews, 79 Mike Johnson 73 Ryan Schrader

TE 80 Levine Toilolo, 86 [More]

5 questions with Falcons OC Dirk Koetter

  • 12:33 pm Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter addressed some of the issues facing the offense this offseason on Wednesday after the team’s OTA seassion.

Here’s what Koetter had to say:

Q: How will you all improve the rushing attack?

A: We have to run the ball better than we did last year. Atlanta, since coach (Mike) Smith has been here, has always been a good running team except for last year. There were a lot of reasons for that. We don’t need to go into that now. That’s in the past. We are going to be a better running football team, starting with the [More]

10 things to watch at Falcons OTAs

  • 9:29 am Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons start phase three of their offseason program when they kick off the organized team activities (OTAs) today.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have been proactive internally, in free agency and in the draft. Now, the coaching staff, which includes new offensive and defensive line coaches, must start pulling all of the pieces together with a goal of being ready for training camp in late July.

Somebody is going to ask, what’s an OTA?
Falcons running back Steven Jackson wants to see a drastically improve run-game in 2014.

How does Bear Pascoe look at tight end? It looks [More]

Steven Jackson wants Falcons to rank top 10 in rushing

  • 6:51 pm Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

 As the Falcons are set to move on to phase three of their offseason program, running back Steven Jackson, in his most recent blog posted on Thursday, said he wants to make sure that the team is ranked in the top 10 in rushing in 2014.

The Falcons start their OTAs on Tuesday and it sounds like Jackson plans to be in the house. He has been working out on his own in Las Vegas for most of the offseason, according to his blog.

Here’s what he had to say about the rushing game:

We fell short in a lot of things [More]