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TE Becht Looking to Make an Impact for the Cardinals in 2009

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It’s the wrap up of the Cardinals first three-day mini-camp, and the Arizona Republic wrote today on the teams tight end position, with an interesting quote about the competition that will go along with it from coach Ken Whisenhunt.

“There’s going to be a lot of competition with that group this year, I’m sure of it,” Whisenhunt said. “We like what we have. I liked what we had last year, too, but we were dealing with a lot of injuries there. It’ll be interesting to see how things develop moving forward.”

There are five guys that could fill that tight end role – Ben Patrick, Leonard Pope, Stephen Spach, Alex Schor and newcomer Anthony Becht. Last season it was Patrick and Pope splitting time at the spot, but I like what Becht, a 10-year-vet, brings to the table. He joined the team as a free agent this past offseason.

Last season in 16 games with the Rams, Becht had 6 grabs for 39 yards and no TD’s. His best season was 2003 with the Jets, where he had 40 grabs for 356 yards with four touchdowns. He’s a solid player that could make an impact with the club as a blocker and sometime pass catcher in 2009.

“I can still catch, I can still run, but my view is Coach (Whisenhunt) wants to get the running game going,” said Becht, a native of Drexel Hill, Pa. “For whatever reason, they didn’t run the ball that well last year and it still worked out all right, but you definitely need a balance and I’m hoping I can help with that.”

Don’t count this vet out when training camp comes around in July for the Cards.


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