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As somebody who has spent much of this season defending Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton and  his conditioning, it’s time to acknowledge the fact that there’s too much smoke for there not to be any fire.  While most of the whispers regarding Becton’s fitness came after Robert Saleh said during the pre-season that Becton has to take better care of himself, he didn’t specifically say it was in regards to his weight.  While that would have been the “logical conclusion”, there was both photo and video evidence to the contrary.

Take for example this clip posted by Becton just a couple of weeks before training camp would get under way.  Does this look like a guy who hasn’t been putting in work all off-season?  Not at all.  The guy looks ready to go.

Telling y’all 😭🥴 pic.twitter.com/TI1tMPHC8m

— Trending Topic 🤫 (@BigTicket73) July 3, 2021

And then there was the Becton who showed up to camp looking ready for what many thought would be a foundational first season playing next to rookie left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker for what Jets fans hoped would be a dominant tandem for years to come.

Ari Meirov on Twitter: "Alijah Vera-Tucker is listed at 6'5 315 lbs and Mekhi  Becton makes him look small. Oh, and Zach Wilson is back there somewhere.  https://t.co/qzClqBwHE8" / Twitter

Again, what Becton looks like here is a monster NFL left tackle, but nothing about him makes you think he’s not in NFL game shape.  However, there were some concerns regarding Becton’s performance as he was repeatedly beaten in practice by Carl Lawson as some suggested he looked rusty.  So one comment from the head coach and some struggles in training camp against an elite talent.  No reason to panic, right?

Fast forward to the season opener when Becton dislocated his knee cap and was first reportedly going to miss five weeks.  A second opinion said it would be eight weeks.  Both projections way off as Becton missed the remainder of the season.  There were questions.  What were the answers?

According to Saleh, Becton’s knee just wasn’t healing right because he’s a bigger man.  Understandable to a degree, but from 8 weeks recovery to sixteen?  That seems a bit excessive.  Fans were agitated and began to repeat the earlier rumors regarding Becton’s weight despite the absence of any evidence.

Move forward once again to the team’s end-of-season press conference when GM Joe Douglas mentioned Becton by name and echoed what Saleh had said in the pre-season…Becton has to come back next season in great shape.  Another suggestion that the team wasn’t thrilled with the shape Becton was in.  Just days later, things got a bit more specific.

Take 2: From @gmfb Weekend on the #Jets’ hope Mekhi Becton’s long, frustrating knee rehab is turning a corner and he’ll be ready to go this spring. pic.twitter.com/zRGfy1WsN4

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 15, 2022

Reporting for NFL network, insider Mike Garafolo told viewers that his sources claimed Becton’s knee was taking longer than expected to heal, and was then made more difficult as Becton “began to put on weight”.  It’s one thing to be physically limited in how well you rehab, but it’s another to complicate matters further by packing on additional pounds in the meantime.

With all of this being said, worrying about Becton or being critical of his conditioning is no longer the unfounded and regurgitated conversation it was just a few weeks ago.  Having had it mentioned by Saleh, then months later by Joe Douglas before leaking it to an insider tells us that whatever shape Becton is in, the team isn’t happy with it.

All Becton can do now is spend an entire offseason either proving the doubters wrong or shutting the critics up.  Which will it be?

Stay tuned…

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, freestater said:

Just another flat-out wasted high 1st round draft pick by the Jets. Extremely disappointing first pick from a GM who billed himself as an o-line guy. 

Its one thing to pick Gholston because you thought he was the only EDGE,  but the pass on WIRFs who is All Pro this year and picked a few picks after Becton is really inexcusable. 

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6 minutes ago, varjet said:

Its one thing to pick Gholston because you thought he was the only EDGE,  but the pass on WIRFs who is All Pro this year and picked a few picks after Becton is really inexcusable. 

We needed a left tackle so they drafted a left tackle not a right tackle. 

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Never wanted Becton - he's from Louisville where Calvin Pryor another waste also came from. Becton just looks like a pretender - a take the money and run guy. Becton does not look like the kind of person that will change his lifestyle and put in all the work necessary at this level to be successful. I just dont see it. Trade his fat ass now before its obvious to the rest of the NFL.

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11 minutes ago, Ghost420 said:

We needed a left tackle so they drafted a left tackle not a right tackle. 

We needed both. This line of excuses for Big Raincheck is going to look pretty ridiculous when he comes back and they put him at RT because Fant is doing too well to be replaced on the left side. 

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34 minutes ago, freestater said:

We needed both. This line of excuses for Big Raincheck is going to look pretty ridiculous when he comes back and they put him at RT because Fant is doing too well to be replaced on the left side. 

Why would that look ridiculous?  Two starting tackles, and good quality tackles if Becton’s rookie year showed anything.

So he missed a year from an injury, so what.  This incessant moaning about him is so pathetic.  Until he shows up this offseason and the coaches confirm they have issues with his weight or he doesn’t start, stop crying about him.

If things don’t work out this year and he falls into the Mims category, then fine label him a bust or whatever gets you excited.

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4 minutes ago, Darnold's Forehead said:

Why would that look ridiculous?  Two starting tackles, and good quality tackles if Becton’s rookie year showed anything.

So he missed a year from an injury, so what.  This incessant moaning about him is so pathetic.  Until he shows up this offseason and the coaches confirm they have issues with his weight or he doesn’t start, stop crying about him.

If things don’t work out this year and he falls into the Mims category, then fine label him a bust or whatever gets you excited.

Oh ok, I'll check with you on what my timetable for allowable commentary is going forward. Thanks for clearing that up for me. 

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1 hour ago, varjet said:

Its one thing to pick Gholston because you thought he was the only EDGE,  but the pass on WIRFs who is All Pro this year and picked a few picks after Becton is really inexcusable. 

And if Becton hadn't been injured, maybe he's an All pro as well. We can't tell because there was an unfortunate injury and a longer than expected recovery.

We'll see how things go next season.

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And if Becton hadn't been injured, maybe he's an All pro as well. We can't tell because there was an unfortunate injury and a longer than expected recovery.

We'll see how things go next season.
And if 'ifs and buts were cherries and nuts e everyday would be Christmas "

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Just now, Dunnie said:

And if 'ifs and buts were cherries and nuts e everyday would be Christmas "

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Obviously your writing skills are wasted on a Jets forum. :) 

But yeah, if saying: "OMG, this player is an all pro, how dare we not draft him?!" when, unfortunately, the player the Jets did draft is out for the year (unexpectedly given the nature of the injury), you can't really compare them. It's just such a tired and exhausted argument.

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1 hour ago, freestater said:

Oh ok, I'll check with you on what my timetable for allowable commentary is going forward. Thanks for clearing that up for me. 

So you call other people’s “excuses” for Becton ridiculous but when I call your commentary ridiculous this is your response.  LOL ok.

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