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 tight end Austin Hooper picked for first Pro Bowl 
 Falcons tight end Austin Hooper, who’s in his third season in the NFL, was picked to replace Eagles tight end Zach Ertz in the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Hooper, who had a breakthrough season, was the first alternate at the position. The Pro Bowl is set for Sunday, Jan. 27 at CampingWorld Stadium in Orlando. Hooper caught 71 passes for 660...

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Falcons tight end Austin Hooper, who’s in his third season in the NFL, was picked to replace Eagles tight end Zach Ertz in the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Hooper, who had a breakthrough season, was the first alternate at the position. The Pro Bowl is set for Sunday, Jan. 27 at CampingWorld Stadium in Orlando. Hooper caught 71 passes for 660...
McKinley undergoing mental evaluation after friend called for help
 Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley was detained by Los Angeles police on Tuesday and is undergoing a mental evaluation.  TMZ Sports was the first to report the incident. The Falcons acknowledged the incident in a statement Tuesday night. “We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today...

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Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley was detained by Los Angeles police on Tuesday and is undergoing a mental evaluation.  TMZ Sports was the first to report the incident. The Falcons acknowledged the incident in a statement Tuesday night. “We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today...
Emmitt Smith looking forward to ambassador role for Super Bowl events 
 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who will serve as the Super Bowl LIII brand ambassador for On Location Experiences, was the MVP of the first Super Bowl played in Atlanta, Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994.  Super Bowl hospitality packages – the pricey combinations of game tickets, pregame entertainment and other premium...

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who will serve as the Super Bowl LIII brand ambassador for On Location Experiences, was the MVP of the first Super Bowl played in Atlanta, Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994.  Super Bowl hospitality packages – the pricey combinations of game tickets, pregame entertainment and other premium...
Falcons’ Ridley named to All-Rookie team; Jones is All-NFL  
 Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was named to the All-Rookie team by the Professional Football Writers of America on Tuesday. Also, teammate Julio Jones was named to the All-NFL team along with wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins of Houston and Michael Thomas of New Orleans. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was named the rookie...

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Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was named to the All-Rookie team by the Professional Football Writers of America on Tuesday. Also, teammate Julio Jones was named to the All-NFL team along with wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins of Houston and Michael Thomas of New Orleans. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was named the rookie...
Mike Smith finished with coaching
 Mike Smith, who’s won the most games of any coach in Falcons’ history, appears set to ride off into the coaching sunset. Smith, 60, was fired this season as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. He was on SiriusXM NFL radio on Tuesday with Alex Marvez and Ed McCaffery. “Well, Alex, I’ve been very blessed to have...

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Mike Smith, who’s won the most games of any coach in Falcons’ history, appears set to ride off into the coaching sunset. Smith, 60, was fired this season as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. He was on SiriusXM NFL radio on Tuesday with Alex Marvez and Ed McCaffery. “Well, Alex, I’ve been very blessed to have...
Report: Sarkisian spurns Arizona to head back to Alabama 
 Former Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is set to turn down an offer from the Arizona Cardinals to return to the college ranks with Alabama, according to an ESPN report.  After two seasons with the Falcons, Sarkisian was fired on Dec. 31. Cardinals new coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to call his own plays and that would...

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Former Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is set to turn down an offer from the Arizona Cardinals to return to the college ranks with Alabama, according to an ESPN report.  After two seasons with the Falcons, Sarkisian was fired on Dec. 31. Cardinals new coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to call his own plays and that would...
15 NFL Divisional Playoff prop bets
 The uprights will be in play against his week end. That's just one of more than 15 NFL Divisonal Playoff prop bets now on betonline.ag. » More: Divisional playoff schedule Here’s were bet percentages stand on Friday. *59 percent on Colts  *62 percent on Cowboys *69 percent on Chargers  *71 percent on Eagles ...

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The uprights will be in play against his week end. That's just one of more than 15 NFL Divisonal Playoff prop bets now on betonline.ag. » More: Divisional playoff schedule Here’s were bet percentages stand on Friday. *59 percent on Colts  *62 percent on Cowboys *69 percent on Chargers  *71 percent on Eagles ...
1998 Super Bowl team takes a walk down memory lane 
 Here are some of the favorite memories from the Falcons’ appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII in January 1999: “It was a great team effort. The whole season was just a special year. It certainly ended up on a high note. Unfortunately we didn’t play as well as you have to play. When you get to the Super Bowl, you have to...

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Here are some of the favorite memories from the Falcons’ appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII in January 1999: “It was a great team effort. The whole season was just a special year. It certainly ended up on a high note. Unfortunately we didn’t play as well as you have to play. When you get to the Super Bowl, you have to...
20th anniversary of Falcons’ trip to Super Bowl passed with little fanfare
 The 20th anniversary of the Falcons reaching the franchise’s first Super Bowl passed quietly. With Super Bowl LIII set to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, several players from the 1998 Falcons team noticed that the Minnesota Vikings honored their 1998 team Sept. 10 during halftime of a home game.  “That...

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The 20th anniversary of the Falcons reaching the franchise’s first Super Bowl passed quietly. With Super Bowl LIII set to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3, several players from the 1998 Falcons team noticed that the Minnesota Vikings honored their 1998 team Sept. 10 during halftime of a home game.  “That...
Falcons sign Michael Bennett to reserve/futures deal
 Defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who played two games with the Falcons last season, was signed to the reserves/futures contract Thursday. The Falcons previously signed nine players to reserve/futures contracts, including quarterback Kurt Benkert. 

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Defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who played two games with the Falcons last season, was signed to the reserves/futures contract Thursday. The Falcons previously signed nine players to reserve/futures contracts, including quarterback Kurt Benkert. 
Quinn designates assistant to help with clock management 
 With Dan Quinn taking on the play-calling duties of the defense, he wanted to add some administrative in-game help on the coaching staff. Kyle Flood, who was the team’s assistant offensive line coach last season, will serve as a senior assistant and will help Quinn with replay challenges and clock-management issues. Quinn, who fired...

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With Dan Quinn taking on the play-calling duties of the defense, he wanted to add some administrative in-game help on the coaching staff. Kyle Flood, who was the team’s assistant offensive line coach last season, will serve as a senior assistant and will help Quinn with replay challenges and clock-management issues. Quinn, who fired...