D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Michigan’s Moody kicks West to 12-3 win over East in Shrine Bowl

LAS VEGAS -- Behind four field goals from Michigan’s Jake Moody, the West defeated the East 12-3 in the 98th Shrine Bowl on Thursday at Allegiant Stadium. → Read More

Falcons’ Terry Fontenot on the team’s ‘big plan’ for this ‘critical’ offseason

Now, with two drafts and back-to-back 7-10 records, the Falcons have cleared the deck. Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith enter the 2023 offseason with salary-cap money – $56 million, which could climb to $73 million if they cut quarterback Marcus Mariota and cornerback Casey Hayward – and another bushel of draft picks. → Read More

Cedar Grove grad Jadon Haselwood hoping to open some eyes at Shrine Bowl

LAS VEGAS — Jadon Haselwood, who was a five-star recruit coming out of Cedar Grove High, has something to prove to the football world at the East-West Shrine Bowl, which is set for 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Allegiant Stadium. → Read More

Georgia Tech’s Charlie Thomas out to impress NFL scouts in the Shrine Bowl

Former Georgia Tech linebacker Charlie Thomas plans to improve his NFL draft status with a strong showing in the East-West Shrine Bowl, which is set for 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Allegiant Stadium. → Read More

Falcons’ Terry Fontenot now flush with salary-cap cash

LAS VEGAS — Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot was elated that the NFL’s salary cap increased by $16.6 million to $224.8 million for the coming league year. → Read More

Falcons hire Jerry Gray as assistant head coach/defense

Jerry Gray, a former NFL player and a longtime coach, has joined the Falcons as assistant head coach/defense, the team announced Tuesday. → Read More

Falcons hire Ryan Nielsen as defensive coordinator

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons hired Ryan Nielsen, formerly the co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for the Saints, as their defensive coordinator Friday. → Read More

Falcons’ 2022 season review: special teams

The Falcons’ special-teams units improved dramatically from 2021 to 2022 as they jumped from 22nd to 10th in the league in the annual special-team rankings by longtime NFL writer Rick Gosselin. → Read More

Falcons’ 2022 season review: offensive line

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of an eight-part, position-by-position series analyzing the Falcons’ 2022 season. Today: The offensive line → Read More

69 players, 5 of them Bulldogs, granted special eligibility for NFL draft

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Five players from Georgia’s national championship team have been granted special eligibility for the 2023 NFL draft, the league announced on Friday. → Read More

Falcons’ 2022 season review: wide receivers and tight ends

Editor’s note: This is the third of an eight-part, position-by-position series analyzing the Falcons’ 2022 season. Today: The wide receivers and tight ends → Read More

Falcons’ offense carved an identity in 2022 season

As the Falcons moved on from the Matt Ryan era in 2022, they built the foundation for a new rugged ground attack. The future challenge is how will they build the passing game to balance the offense. → Read More

Falcons’ 2022 season review: quarterbacks

The Falcons want to take their time and leave all options open before declaring Desmond Ridder, a third-round pick (74th overall) in the 2022 NFL draft, as the franchise’s quarterback of the future. → Read More

Falcons’ defensive coordinator search kicks into gear; interviews set up

In addition to Falcons linebackers coach Frank Bush, who took over for Dean Pees when he was injured before the Saints game on Dec. 18, the Falcons have requested permission to speak to five candidates and one has been denied. → Read More

Falcons’ Chris Lindstrom named second-team AP All-Pro

Falcons right guard Chris Lindstrom, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl this season, was named to the Associated Press All-Pro second team Friday. → Read More

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons ready for the offseason shuffle

General manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith are on hand to discuss the season, the offseason process, quarterback Desmond Ridder, right tackle Kaleb McGary and how they plan to find a new defensive coordinator to build on the 3-4 foundation that already is in place. → Read More

Falcons’ Terry Fontenot on free agency: ‘We can’t bring players in that don’t fit’

After two seasons of retooling the roster to fit their schemes, trading away or cutting mainstays from the Super Bowl team and taking on the heaviest dead salary-cap hit in the history of the NFL, the Falcons, after back-to-back 7-10 seasons, are positioned to return to respectability and perhaps even make a playoff run in 2023. → Read More

Falcons ready to move to next phase in rebuilding the franchise

After two seasons, Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith are set to move the franchise into the “next phase” of their rebuilding plan. → Read More

Cover 9@9: Five offseason decisions the Falcons must make

The Falcons will have a busy offseason after finishing 7-10. → Read More

Falcons sign 18 players to reserve/future contracts

The Falcons signed 18 players to reserve/future contracts Monday, according to the team. → Read More