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1 hour ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

 

Becton can't get depressed over every sprain or he is doomed to fail. Lineman get hurt and play hurt every year. 

 

When the Jets drafted him, his girlfriend made an online post congratulating Mekhi, making a reference along the lines of a specific 'struggle' which Mekhi had overcome to that point in his life. An NFL media outlet through their own college football sources identified this particular struggle as depression which he had previously battled with and overcome.

I imagine it is hard to live inside a 360+lb body and deal with health issues that an NFL tackle has to contend with. The year ahead will tell is whether Mekhi is cut out for the daily grind required of a large, talented NFL tackle.

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1 hour ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

Becton can't get depressed over every sprain or he is doomed to fail. Lineman get hurt and play hurt every year. 

An injury that ends his season is not a normal sprain. An injury that was caused by an incompetent player rolling on him is likely to upset him. He spent all offseason working hard and trying to stay in shape, you can't blame a kid for getting upset when he gets and injury and then he has to keep waiting on rehab. I remember some pro, can't remember who, who said the hardest part of rehabbing an injury is that it is lonely, frustrating, and quite hard emotionally. He said it took everything he had to not get depressed. But, hey - ....

Also, while I am sure he is no where near in football shape, he didn't look way overweight. Are the pictures from October, or more. recent?

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2 minutes ago, KRL said:

You're right but we forget these players are 20-21 when they come into the league.
They're literally kids and kids don't think about nutrition.  They'll eat whatever
tastes good and never think about the consequences.  How many of us were on top
of "nutritional issues" when we came out of college?

Yeah but there are multimillionaire professional athletes right here on JN that are suggesting as a 22 year old they were doing VLC, eating clean, hydrating, getting plenty of sleep and weren’t youthful irresponsible lazy fat slobs.  

LOL. 

 

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3 hours ago, Hex said:

I would be taking my weight seriously if the entire internet started making fun of it.

You would think that would be a motivating factor, but apparently, it isn't.
 

Don't ask me how I know.

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There is a fundamental flaw with this kid and the way his mind works. He took their money and yet he doesn’t take his job seriously.


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1 hour ago, Peace Frog said:

Yeah but there are multimillionaire professional athletes right here on JN that are suggesting as a 22 year old they were doing VLC, eating clean, hydrating, getting plenty of sleep and weren’t youthful irresponsible lazy fat slobs.  

LOL. 

 

Never said anything like that. At 22 I was a hard drinking, chainsmoking, Infantry Corporal that could walk into formation straight from the Lucky 7 Lounge on Victory Drive, bang out about 150 push-ups and run 10 miles.

 

Because it was my job.

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1 hour ago, bostonmajet said:

An injury that ends his season is not a normal sprain.

Huh? His injury was not season ending. It was a 4-6 recovery period after week 1. He was just too out of shape and unwilling to work hard enough to get back on the field. There were ZERO reports of set backs in his recovery.  

 

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8 hours ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

Huh? His injury was not season ending. It was a 4-6 recovery period after week 1. He was just too out of shape and unwilling to work hard enough to get back on the field. There were ZERO reports of set backs in his recovery.  

 

A setback from the standpoint that his knee didn't heal as fast as hoped. So the term setback, was a setback in expectations on the speed of heeling - that can be extremely frustrating and depressing especially to an young athlete  who wants to have a great career.

Some article clips below:

https://jetsxfactor.com/2022/01/15/ny-jets-ot-mekhi-becton-injury-update/

“The knee did not come along as quickly as [the Jets] had hoped, and what happened was, because he wasn’t able to do the kind of things that he needed to do to get into rehab and get back in shape, he put on weight,” Garafolo reported.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/jets/2021/12/28/ny-jets-mekhi-becton-likely-miss-final-2-games-barring-miracle/9030059002/

[Saleh] insists that the delayed recovery is not the result of some sort of problem with his surgery or recovery, adds that Becton has done a great job with his rehab and his past issues managing his weight and conditioning have nothing to do with the delayed recovery, and usually mentions that everyone heals differently, especially when you're 6-foot-7 and and 363 pounds, like Becton

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13 hours ago, Rhg1084 said:

I mean you would think being a professional athlete he would be working with one this whole time, especially a guy his size. However it’s good he’s taking his weight seriously 

Hope this is true  and not Agent in "Damage Control" photo op mode

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The fact that he’s been working with the nutritionist since the injury and he’s still drawing the ire of the coaches is not a promising sign.

If I’m him, I go into F the world mode and come in at 330lbs to prove all the haters wrong. But that’s just me, not sure if the kid has the drive. He’s a good kid and ultra talented player, hope he pulls it off and makes everyone eat their words (pun intended).

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Wasn't Becton already working with a nutritionist?   From a few years back:

The staff set out to rebuild the team from within. That meant new workouts, new diets, new recovery protocols and a new mentality. Becton, who reportedly weighed upwards of 389 pounds when the new staff came aboard, was among the first to buy into the new regime. 

“So we put a plan together for Mekhi,” Sirignano said. “You know, for a guy that’s 6-foot-7, 300-and-whatever pounds, you know, that’s a little different than everyone else in the room. So you got to modify some things.”

First came nutrition, which team dietitian Emily Artner said Becton began working on himself in 2018 when he and Cardinals long snapper Mitch Hall reached out to Artner about improving their diets. Artner worked with Becton on a points-based system to encourage weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass. That meant a 5,000-6,000 calories-per-day plan focusing on vegetables and protein.

“So my approach is not to give a standardized meal plan of, ‘Hey, breakfast, lunch and dinner you have to eat these exact things,’” Artner told JetsWire. “And so we kind of have a spreadsheet that I use with a lot and that’s what really Mekhi got started.”

Becton picked the meals, recorded everything in the spreadsheet, sent pictures to Artner and his coaches and, in the process, learned how to create a meal plan on his own without feeling restricted by an intense diet. His favorites included a breakfast of egg white omelets, vegetables, fruits and a pancake, while his dinner and lunch go-toes were salmon or steak with sauteed spinach and mushrooms.

There’s always a stigma with big-bodied linemen that they’ll just as easily put weight back on after losing it. But not Becton. He never deviated from the plan, according to Artner and Sirignano, and always made sure he was on the right track, especially when he saw himself lose weight but put on lots of muscle. 

Becton fully bought into the nutritional side of training by then and carried that into the rest of his work. He listened intently to Ledford’s coaching on offensive line technique – namely focusing on finishing blocks all the way through the whistle – and all the workouts Sirignano’s strength and conditioning staff put him through to improve his athleticism and explosiveness.

https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2020/05/04/building-becton-how-louisville-turned-mekhi-becton-into-one-of-the-countrys-best-linemen-in-just-one-year/

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9 hours ago, JoJoTownsell1 said:

Huh? His injury was not season ending. It was a 4-6 recovery period after week 1. He was just too out of shape and unwilling to work hard enough to get back on the field. There were ZERO reports of set backs in his recovery.  

 

The "report" was originally 4-8 weeks, and it was "reported" early on and all throughout that his rehab was slower than expected.

These were just "reports"--NOBODY here knows what was really going on. Nobody here had his medical injury report or his post-operative reprt or direct daily updates on his rehab.  

But if you've ever seen a disclocated knee (a grotesque injury) and understood that he had surgery to have it fixed and had cartilage repaired as well you should have taken the original prognosis with a grain of salt.  

It very well could have been 4-20 weeks.

This was not a "normal sprain."

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28 minutes ago, munchmemory said:

Wasn't Becton already working with a nutritionist?   From a few years back:

The staff set out to rebuild the team from within. That meant new workouts, new diets, new recovery protocols and a new mentality. Becton, who reportedly weighed upwards of 389 pounds when the new staff came aboard, was among the first to buy into the new regime. 

“So we put a plan together for Mekhi,” Sirignano said. “You know, for a guy that’s 6-foot-7, 300-and-whatever pounds, you know, that’s a little different than everyone else in the room. So you got to modify some things.”

First came nutrition, which team dietitian Emily Artner said Becton began working on himself in 2018 when he and Cardinals long snapper Mitch Hall reached out to Artner about improving their diets. Artner worked with Becton on a points-based system to encourage weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass. That meant a 5,000-6,000 calories-per-day plan focusing on vegetables and protein.

“So my approach is not to give a standardized meal plan of, ‘Hey, breakfast, lunch and dinner you have to eat these exact things,’” Artner told JetsWire. “And so we kind of have a spreadsheet that I use with a lot and that’s what really Mekhi got started.”

Becton picked the meals, recorded everything in the spreadsheet, sent pictures to Artner and his coaches and, in the process, learned how to create a meal plan on his own without feeling restricted by an intense diet. His favorites included a breakfast of egg white omelets, vegetables, fruits and a pancake, while his dinner and lunch go-toes were salmon or steak with sauteed spinach and mushrooms.

There’s always a stigma with big-bodied linemen that they’ll just as easily put weight back on after losing it. But not Becton. He never deviated from the plan, according to Artner and Sirignano, and always made sure he was on the right track, especially when he saw himself lose weight but put on lots of muscle. 

Becton fully bought into the nutritional side of training by then and carried that into the rest of his work. He listened intently to Ledford’s coaching on offensive line technique – namely focusing on finishing blocks all the way through the whistle – and all the workouts Sirignano’s strength and conditioning staff put him through to improve his athleticism and explosiveness.

https://jetswire.usatoday.com/2020/05/04/building-becton-how-louisville-turned-mekhi-becton-into-one-of-the-countrys-best-linemen-in-just-one-year/

So what you're saying while he may, in fact, be a big fat lazy slob, at least he was doing all the right things in terms of eating and nutrition.

Well, that certainly puts the narrative on its head.

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13 hours ago, Sonny Werblin said:

Are people willfully ignorant of the great shape he got himself into before camp?  Frankly, i think he became very depressed that he worked his ass off to get into great shape and was injured before the end of game one. Query, what do depressed people do? Right, eat. And his weight and deconditioned state extended his injury recovery. Another consideration is that the coaching staff wanted to drive home that his getting back on the field requires him to be in a certain condition at a target weight. I fully expect Becton to show up for camp in great shape… just like he did this past season.

A sound extremely logical and well written post.  Unheard of in Jetnation where the knee jerk quips of cynicism usually reigns.  Pleasantly refreshing.

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14 hours ago, Rhg1084 said:

I mean you would think being a professional athlete he would be working with one this whole time, especially a guy his size. However it’s good he’s taking his weight seriously 

As long as it's not Paul Prudhomme.....

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13 minutes ago, Peace Frog said:

The "report" was originally 4-8 weeks, and it was "reported" early on and all throughout that his rehab was slower than expected.

These were just "reports"--NOBODY here knows what was really going on. Nobody here had his medical injury report or his post-operative reprt or direct daily updates on his rehab.  

But if you've ever seen a disclocated knee (a grotesque injury) and understood that he had surgery to have it fixed and had cartilage repaired as well you should have taken the original prognosis with a grain of salt.  

It very well could have been 4-20 weeks.

This was not a "normal sprain."

Another logical post based on common sense and just a little bit of effort to piece things together. But some have their agenda... 🙄

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