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Falcons looking for tight end help

August 14th, 2011

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk cites a source that indicates that free agent tight end Anthony Becht was in Flowery Branch to work out for the Falcons. However, the Falcons did not extend a contract offer to him before leaving this afternoon.

The Falcons may be in the market to get some help at tight end due to a knee injury that Justin Peelle suffered during Friday night’s contest against the Miami Dolphins. Peelle is expected to miss this Friday’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Becht was a first round pick by the New York Jets in 2000, the last of four first round picks that included current Falcons defensive end John Abraham. Becht played five seasons with the Jets before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005. He spent his last two seasons playing with the St. Louis Rams (2008) and Arizona Cardinals (2009). He was part of the Cardinals final cuts last summer and has been out of football since.

Becht made his career as a blocker. He had a career high 40 catches for 356 yards in 2003, but averaged only 18.5 catches per season during his ten-year career.

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