He’ll compete for a reserve role on the depth chart this summer.
The Falcons, who brought back Jaeden Graham and traded for Lee Smith at the tight end position, are apparently not done adding players to the mix. They’ve signed former Cardinal and undrafted free agent Ryan Becker to what’s likely a one year deal, piling up more depth options at a position Arthur Smith likes to use a lot.
Becker joined the Cardinals as a UDFA out of Southern Methodist University following the 2020 NFL Draft and spent the summer with the team, ultimately getting cut at the end of August. He did not latch on with another team, but did participate in the SMU pro day. I haven’t seen any concrete reports that Atlanta was there, but it seems likely that’s how he caught Atlanta’s eye.
Becker will be competing with Smith and Graham for a reserve role in this tight end group behind Hayden Hurst, a task that might be complicated by the addition of another tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft, either Kyle Pitts at the top of the first round or another option later on. If the team surprises and doesn’t draft one, Becker will obviously have a better chance of pushing his way on to the roster, especially if he can prove to be a useful special teamer and blocker like he was at SMU. For now, we’ll see what kind of noise he can make this summer and whether Atlanta addresses the position further.