D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Falcons name Marcus Mariota No. 1 QB in first official depth chart

The Falcons listed Marcus Mariota as the No. 1 quarterback in their first depth chart released to the media previewing the exhibition opener against the Lions at 6 p.m. Friday at Ford Field. → Read More

Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota ready for his return to the spotlight

The Falcons are set to face the Lions at 6 p.m. Friday at Ford Field, and Marcus Mariota will take his first steps in an attempt to revive his once-promising NFL career. → Read More

Falcons, Lions to play starters in exhibition opener

The Falcons and Lions agreed to play their starters in the exhibition opener at 6 p.m. Friday at Ford Field. → Read More

Falcons DT Bryce Rodgers waived/injured; tight end MyCole Pruitt signed

Defensive tackle Bryce Rodgers, who was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury Saturday, was waived/injured on Monday. Veteran tight end MyCole Pruitt was signed to fill the open roster spot. → Read More

Falcons’ Seth Vernon trying to maximize this punting opportunity

FLOWERY BRANCH – Becoming the next Jerry Rice wasn’t exactly working out while at Santa Rosa Junior College for Seth Vernon. → Read More

Falcons’ Grady Jarrett reflects on his time with Bryant Young

Hall of Famer Bryant Young, who coached the Falcons’ defensive line from 2017-19, had an impact on Grady Jarrett. → Read More

Falcons’ Qadree Ollison rounding out his game

The Falcons are working on fielding a bruising running attack like coach Arthur Smith had in Tennessee. → Read More

Falcons add DT depth in Abdullah Anderson

With two injuries, the Falcons added some depth to the defensive line with the signing of Abdullah Anderson on Sunday. → Read More

Richard Seymour, Bryant Young enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio – There’s a new Georgia Bulldog on the hallowed grounds of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. → Read More

The Bow Tie Chronicles: ‘Rise of the Black Quarterback’ by Jason Reid

In the 341st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, host D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses with special guest Jas → Read More

LeRoy Butler’s Hall of Fame wait, a case study in perseverance

CANTON, Ohio – Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler had one of the more improbable journeys to football mortality from the projects of Jacksonville, Florida, to a bronze bust in this football mecca in northeastern Ohio. → Read More

Cover 9@9: Falcons offensive line coach looking for speed, toughness

1. The no-spin zone: Falcons offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford is a popular man. → Read More

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Dean Pees on changing the Falcons’ culture on defense

In the 340th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, host D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses how Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees plans to change the culture of the team’s defense, which ranked 26th in the NFL last season. He noted that the franchise has had one top-10 defense over the past 20 years. → Read More

Falcons’ Marcus Mariota: ‘I’m very comfortable with where I’m at’

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Here’s what Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota had to say to the Atlanta media on Monday: → Read More

Falcons’ injury report: Edwards misses practice

“I can tell you that it’s nothing that we consider long-term,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith said of Edwards after practice. Added GM Terry Fontenot: “Fell on that shoulder. We’ve taken a look at it. We’ll see where he is. No update at this point.” → Read More

Pees: ‘We’re going to change the culture of this defense around this frickin’ place’

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees is sick and tired of being sick and tired. → Read More

Falcons silent on Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension

FLOWERY BRANCH – Over the offseason, the Falcons pursued quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was facing more than 20 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct. → Read More

Bryant Young set for enshrinement into Pro Football Hall of Fame

FLOWERY BRANCH – If former Falcons assistant coach Bryant Young had his way, he would have been a fullback. → Read More

Falcons’ Richie Grant settling in at strong safety

FLOWERY BRANCH – Richie Grant appears primed to take over at strong safety for the Falcons. → Read More

5 things we learned at Day 4 of Falcons training camp Saturday

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons caught a break Saturday morning as the clouds covered the field to make conditions more bearable for practice on Day 4 of training camp. → Read More