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Anthony Becht Excited For Gridiron Return

Posted Aug 25, 2011

After his release from Arizona last preseason, Becht had begun a career in sports media

Anthony Becht’s career in sports media is going on the back-burner for the time being. The Chiefs announced Thursday morning the team had signed the 11-year veteran tight end. In a corresponding move, the Chiefs placed LB Brandon Siler on injured reserve.

After being released by Arizona last preseason, Becht had been working as a football analyst (video reel here), an ESPN Radio co-host in Tampa Bay and as the President of Anthony Becht Football Camp, LLC throughout the past year.

"It's been a privilege to play 10 years in the NFL. I love playing this game and I'm fortunate to get this opportunity. I will work my hardest to help the Chiefs this season. I would like to thank everyone for (their) support. … It's good to be back!" Becht said via his Twitter page.

Becht’s addition comes on the heels of Jake O’Connell leaving practice with an undisclosed injury earlier this week. O’Connell has served as the Chiefs third tight end each of the past two seasons, but hasn’t practiced since Sunday.

Starter Tony Moeaki has also dealt with heath concerns this preseason as well, beginning the year on the Physically-Unable-To-Perform list. However, since being lifted off PUP August 8th, the second-year tight end has shown no signs of a setback.

Moeaki made 15 starts last season and set a Chiefs rookie record for receptions by a tight end with 47 catches.

“(Moeaki’s) catching up physically to a lot of the guys because again, he was on the side working, but not in the same manner that everyone else was, so that can slow you down a little bit,” Head Coach Todd Haley said. “But, I think he’s getting up to speed. I think this next week, week-and-a-half will be real critical for him and all the tight ends, that they continue to understand both areas plus special teams.”

Among tight ends, O’Connell has been the Chiefs primary source of special teams snaps. Leonard Pope started six games last season in double tight end sets and is expected to play a similar role this year.

Cody Slate and Charlie Gantt are both competing for time at the position as well. Slate ended 2010 on the Chiefs practice squad, while Gantt was signed as a rookie free agent out of Michigan State.

Becht, 6-6 and 270 pounds, carries the reputation of being an excellent run blocker. He’s appeared in 158 games (127 starts) with four different teams from 2000-09. He and Haley crossed paths with the N.Y. Jets in 2000 when Becht was the Jets first-round pick and Haley was serving as the club’s wide receivers coach.

Becht last played with Arizona in 2009 and owns 185 career catches for 1,511 yards (8.2 avg.) with 21 touchdowns.

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