Becht, Anthony

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Stonehands about to drop another pass
Anthony G. "Stonehands" Becht was yet another one of those infernal first round tight ends for the New York Jets, hanging round from 2000 until 2004.

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Background and college

Born August 8, 1977 in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, Becht attended Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill. He then went to West Virginia, who recruited him as a tight end. At the end of Becht's college career, he ranked second among tight ends at the school with 83 catches for 1,173 yards, a 14.1 avgerage of yards per catch, and 10 TDs. Becht was an honorable mention for All-American as a senior and was named second-team All-Big East as a junior and senior, along with being team captain and MVP. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

NFL Career

As a Jet

Becht was the fourth of the Jets four first round picks of the 2000 NFL Draft, going 27th overall. In his rookie season, Becht played in 14 games, missing two due to an ankle sprain. He was a starter for 10 games and totaled 16 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Becht ranked third among rookie tight ends with receptions. In 2001, Becht started all 16 games and recorded 36 receptions for 321 yards and five TDs. He tied former Jets' tight end Kyle Brady for the most receptions by an AFC tight end. His five scores were only beat by Colts' Marcus Pollard and Chiefs' Tony Gonzalez. Becht recorded consecutive game-winning touchdown catches in weeks 13 and 14. In 2002, Becht once again starter all 16 games and tallied 28 receptions, 243 yards, and a career-high tying five scores. Becht caught one pass for eight yards and served as a key blocker in the 41-0 win over the Colts in the AFC Wild Card playoff game and recorded three receptions for 14 yards in the AFC Divisional Playoff loss at Oakland.

He caught it!
In 2003, Becht set career-highs of 40 receptions for 356 yards and he included four TD catches while starting all sixteen games once again. Becht caught a career-best six passes, including a one-yard touchdown, and gained 32 yards at Miami in the season finale.

As his final season as a Jet in 2004, Becht had a career-low 13 receptions, for also lows of 100 yards and only 1 touchdown. At the end of the season, Becht complained about his role in the offense, but not blaming his inability to hold onto balls thrown to him. In New York, Becht totaled 1,164 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns off of 133 receptions.

After the Jets

In his first year in Tampa Bay in 2005, Becht recorded 16 receptions, much like his rookie year, 112 yards but no touchdowns as his career began to slide downward. Becht competed with rookie Alex Smith for the tight end spot, who the Bucs picked up in the 2005 NFL Draft. In 2006, Becht saw himself being replaced by Smith, and 2007 was even worse, only managing a total of 5 receptions. This didn't stop the St. Louis Rams from signing him. And Becht improved in 2008, managing to catch 6 passes!


Statistics

    Receiving   Rushing   Returns
Season Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Att Yds Avg TD Lng KR Yds Avg TD PR Yds Avg TD
2000 16 144 9.0 2 30 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2001 36 321 8.9 5 24 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2002 28 243 8.7 5 21 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2003 40 356 8.9 4 29 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2004 13 100 7.7 1 19 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Total 133 1164 8.8 17 30 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0
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