Controversy has surrounded Mekhi Becton since the end of last season.
The former 11th overall pick out of Louisville has battled injuries and questions surrounding his “over-weight” status. After missing 16 games in 2021 due to a knee injury, the New York Jets were hoping their franchise tackle would work to get into better playing shape.
It appears that has happened and both parties are excited.
“He has slimmed down a lot. He’s looking good, feeling good. Knee is doing a lot better. He is excited to play. I’m proud of my guy.” she said.
The Jets have also appeared to be excited by the work that Becton has shown to be in game shape, and ready for the 2022 season.
Becton was drafted in 2020 and played in 14 games, while making 13 starts. Becton was in consideration for pro-bowl honors after his first season. Becton was graded as one of the top 10 tackles in football in 2020 by Pro Football Focus.
The 6’7″ tackle’s 2021 season was lost after the first game in the season when the tackle suffered a knee injury that cost him the rest of the year.
Becton’s Impact on Current Jets roster
The Jets enter the 2022 season with heightened expectations in Robert Saleh’s second season at the helm. New York’s offensive line, receiving core and defense have vastly improved from last season.
The tackle now joins a solid offensive line that played exceedingly well in the later parts of the 2021 season. With their franchise stalwart back, fully healthy, and rearing to go, the Jets could be on the precipice of playing meaningful football in December.
Becton’s importance is also needed when looking at the future of second year quarterback, Zach Wilson. A young quarterback with a proven, and dominant left tackle is much more likely to succeed than one without.
Contract negotiations also play a large part of the future of Becton in New York. As a first round pick, Becton is eligible for the fifth year rookie option and would be able to begin negotiating an extension after the season.
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