Falcons Sign Ex-Cardinals Tight End

Falcons Sign Ex-Cardinals Tight End
Ryan Becker


Tight end Ryan Becker #80 of the Arizona Cardinals.

After being quiet the past few days during free agency, the Atlanta Falcons signed tight end Ryan Becker on Tuesday afternoon.

Becker joins the Falcons following a stint with the Arizona Cardinals, who signed him as an undrafted free agency after last year’s NFL Draft. He spent the summer with the team but failed to make the final roster cut.

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Becker Joins Lee Smith as a Blocking Tight End

While the Falcons signing another tight end in free agency might come as a concern that they are done with the position, don’t count out Atlanta drafting Kyle Pitts at No. 4 overall just yet.

Becker joins the Falcons’ other tight end signing this offseason, Lee Smith, as more of a blocker at the position than a pass catcher. In four seasons at Southern Methodist University, Smith caught just 16 balls for 198 receiving yards with five touchdowns.

The 6-foot-5 and 250-pound tight end will spend his offseason competing with Jaeden Graham and Smith for a spot on the Falcons depth chart behind Hayden Hurst and possibly-maybe Pitts.

As for Smith, he adds veteran depth after entering the league in 2011 as a fifth-round pick of the New England Patriots. Over that time span,  Smith has played in 133 games with 73 starts, totaling 64 receptions for 458 yards (7.2 yards per reception) and ten touchdowns.

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