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

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]

Hard Knocks open thread: Smith, Dimitroff and Weatherspoon to be featured

  • 9:30 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Checking in for our Hard Knocks open thread.

After the show, we’ll post a video recap.

HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.

It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.

The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .

He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.

Smith talks about the [More]

Dimitroff to be featured on second Hard Knocks episode

  • 9:49 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff will outline his views on the 2014 roster on the second episode of Hard Knocks at 10 p. m. on Tuesday on HBO.

Here’s my recap of episode 1.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who’s out with a ruptured Achilles, will be profiled. He hasn’t been made available to the local media since the June 10th injury.

The Falcons scrimmage with the Tennessee Titans as they prepped for their opening exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome will also be featured.

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]

Arians expects Falcons to bounce back; Abraham to keep on ticking

  • 2:00 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREENSBORO – Arizona coach Bruce Arians believes the Falcons, who dipped to 4-12 last season after going 13-3 in 2012, will bounce back in 2014.

In his first season as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Arians led them to a 10-6 record last season, which included a 27-13 victory over the Falcons on Oct. 27, 2013.

The two teams will meet at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 30.

“I’m not looking forward it,” Arians said on Monday, before playing in his Georgia Celebrity Golf outing at Reynolds Plantation. “I thought (general manager Thomas Dimitroff) and (head coach Mike Smith) did a great [More]

NFL Draft 2014: A look at Dimitroff’s trading record

  • 6:37 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has now made a trade in all seven of his drafts with the team.

On Saturday, he sent the team’s sixth (182 overall) and one of their three seventh-round picks (220) to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick. The pick was used to select Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill, who received the news before heading out to his graduation ceremony.

The Falcons went into the draft ready to make deals.

They were unsuccessful in switching a blockbuster deal to land South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who went No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans.

They also tried [More]

Falcons need a pass rusher still? Michael Sam is available

  • 9:32 am Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Through the three rounds of the NFL draft, the Falcons have failed to fill a major need: Pass rusher.

Their attempts to trade up in the first round for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and for Auburn’s Dee Ford were unsuccessful.

In the second round, they selected Minnesota nose guard Ra’Shede Hageman and said they will convert him to a five-technique (run stopping) defensive end.

In the third round, they selected Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward, who was projected as a strong safety and to be taken in the fourth round by NFLDraftScout.com. The Falcons said that he will play free safety.

The [More]

VIDEO: Dimitroff and Smith on picking Matthews

  • 12:35 am Friday, May 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Jake Matthews, 6-5, 305, OT, Texas A&M: The son of Hall of Fame guard Bruce Matthews. (Associated Press)

With the 6th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews. But that’s not all they wanted: