D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons beat writer

D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was one of the lead writers in the notorious Michael Vick dog-fighting federal case. He has also covered the SEC/ACC and high schools in Gwinnett for the AJC. He's a three-time APSE award winner.

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Falcons’ Dimitroff gives update on Jones, Jarrett contract situations
 The Falcons say they are in a good place with Julio Jones’ contract situation and plan to continue to negotiate with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who received the team’s $15.2 million franchise tag. The Falcons have until July 12 to reach an extension with Jarrett. There is no timeline on the Jones’ deal.  &ldquo...

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The Falcons say they are in a good place with Julio Jones’ contract situation and plan to continue to negotiate with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who received the team’s $15.2 million franchise tag. The Falcons have until July 12 to reach an extension with Jarrett. There is no timeline on the Jones’ deal.  &ldquo...
Dimitroff pleased with Falcons’ free-agency haul
 Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff acknowledged that the team is essentially finished with free agency after signing four players. The team’s plan was not to spend “boldly,” but to add players at positions of need. The Falcons signed guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, tight end Luke Stocker and running back/returner...

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff acknowledged that the team is essentially finished with free agency after signing four players. The team’s plan was not to spend “boldly,” but to add players at positions of need. The Falcons signed guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, tight end Luke Stocker and running back/returner...
Deandre Baker turned in spectacular performance at Pro Day
 Former Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker and wide receiver Mecole Hardman turned in impressive performances at the school’s Pro Day on Wednesday. Baker shaved some time off the slow 40-yard dash time he ran at the combine and proclaimed himself to be the best cornerback in the draft. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the combine...

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Former Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker and wide receiver Mecole Hardman turned in impressive performances at the school’s Pro Day on Wednesday. Baker shaved some time off the slow 40-yard dash time he ran at the combine and proclaimed himself to be the best cornerback in the draft. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the combine...
AJC-DawgNation expert: 10 things learned at Georgia football pro day
 ATHENS — 
            The Falcons sent a large contingent over to Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday.  The crowd of NFL executive, scouts and coaches included Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager
               Scott Pioli and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  “This is a really busy...

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ATHENS —  The Falcons sent a large contingent over to Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday.  The crowd of NFL executive, scouts and coaches included Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager Scott Pioli and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  “This is a really busy...
10 things we learned from Georgia’s Pro Day 
 The Falcons sent a large contingent to Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday.  The crowd of NFL executive, scouts and coaches included Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager Scott Pioli and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  “This is a really busy time of the year of course, to have double-digits here...

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The Falcons sent a large contingent to Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday.  The crowd of NFL executive, scouts and coaches included Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, assistant general manager Scott Pioli and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  “This is a really busy time of the year of course, to have double-digits here...
Cover 9@9: Several Bulldogs need to have strong Pro Day 
   1. UGA Pro Day: The Georgia Pro Day has started with measurements and the bench press. The media will be allowed in at 9:15 a.m. for the rest of the drills.  The Falcons will have a strong contingent in here for Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday.  Several Bulldogs, including cornerback Deandre Baker, running back...

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  1. UGA Pro Day: The Georgia Pro Day has started with measurements and the bench press. The media will be allowed in at 9:15 a.m. for the rest of the drills.  The Falcons will have a strong contingent in here for Georgia’s Pro Day on Wednesday.  Several Bulldogs, including cornerback Deandre Baker, running back...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons can pivot to the NFL draft 
 In the 115th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss how the Falcons are set to turn their focus to the NFL draft, which is set for April 25-27 in Nashville. The Falcons added four players to the offense in free agency, signaling that they plan to have a defensive-minded draft.  Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles&rdquo...

Posted: 19 hours ago

In the 115th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we discuss how the Falcons are set to turn their focus to the NFL draft, which is set for April 25-27 in Nashville. The Falcons added four players to the offense in free agency, signaling that they plan to have a defensive-minded draft.  Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles&rdquo...
Depth Chart: Updated with Falcons’ free agency moves 
 We will not get an official updated depth chart from the Falcons until training camp, but here’s our projections on what it may look like after their free agent signings. You can see that the team has stockpiled six tight ends.  Also, heading into the draft, the roster is stacked at running back and a little light at cornerback...

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We will not get an official updated depth chart from the Falcons until training camp, but here’s our projections on what it may look like after their free agent signings. You can see that the team has stockpiled six tight ends.  Also, heading into the draft, the roster is stacked at running back and a little light at cornerback...
Ex-Falcon Bruce Irvin set to sign with Panthers 
 Former Falcons defensive end Bruce Irvin agreed to a one-year deal with the Panthers, according the Charlotte Observer, which cited a league source.   The Falcons were 4-4 when they signed Irvin last season and hoped he would boost a sagging defense and lead to a playoff run.  However, the Falcons dropped five straight games...

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Former Falcons defensive end Bruce Irvin agreed to a one-year deal with the Panthers, according the Charlotte Observer, which cited a league source.   The Falcons were 4-4 when they signed Irvin last season and hoped he would boost a sagging defense and lead to a playoff run.  However, the Falcons dropped five straight games...
Five things to know about the new Atlanta Falcons
 General manager Thomas Dimitroff was steadfast when he insisted that the Falcons would not spend boldly in free agency. The team made some shrewd moves that could help to bolster the offense.  By signing four offensive players, the Falcons are possibly signaling that they’ll go heavy defense in the draft. Here are five things to...

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General manager Thomas Dimitroff was steadfast when he insisted that the Falcons would not spend boldly in free agency. The team made some shrewd moves that could help to bolster the offense.  By signing four offensive players, the Falcons are possibly signaling that they’ll go heavy defense in the draft. Here are five things to...
5 things to know about the Falcons in free agency
 The Falcons are winding down in free agency this week and can start pointing squarely to the NFL draft, which is set for April 25-27 in Nashville.  There are a few loose ends to tie together and we need to find out what’s going on with Bruce Irvin, whom the team would like to retain.  Here are five things to know about the...

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The Falcons are winding down in free agency this week and can start pointing squarely to the NFL draft, which is set for April 25-27 in Nashville.  There are a few loose ends to tie together and we need to find out what’s going on with Bruce Irvin, whom the team would like to retain.  Here are five things to know about the...