New York Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton decided to put “Big Ticket” on a chain, and his teammates cannot get enough.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ—Everything is bigger in Mekhi Becton’s world. The near-370-pound rookie left tackle also does everything bigger.
Naturally, his Jets teammates cannot get enough of the kid’s new addition.
“They like it a lot,” Becton told reporters after a Thursday practice in Florham Park, NJ. “They think it’s real cool. They’re always asking about it.”
Becton, 21, joins the Jets as the organization’s first first-round offensive line selection since 2006 (D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold). Desperately needing a legitimate five-man unit in front of Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell, the Louisville product believes he’s improved big-time since the start of training camp.
“My feet and my hand placement,” Becton said when asked what’s improved most. “At first, I would make contact and stop my feet on contact. And then my hand placement, I wasn’t refitting my hands, but now, I’ve known how to refit my hands and keep moving my feet.”
Becton mentioned he’s lost a little bit of weight since the last spoke to the media. Weighing in the 360s (closer to 370), the man the kids call “Big Ticket” just had to splurge on something prior to the 2020 season.
“I go by ‘Big Ticket,’ so I had to have a ‘Big Ticket’ piece,” Becton said.
When given the opportunity to correct the actual cost of the chain, Becton, the honest one, quickly corrected the record.
“No, that’s not true at all,” Becton said when it was suggested the chain cost $400,000. He revealed the actual $175,000 price with a smile.
“Big” is something Becton’s used to, dating all the way back to his childhood. This chain and his value to the New York Jets organization is just the next thing in the long list of “big” things the kid has seen placed on his plate.
The Jets have until this Saturday, 4 p.m. ET to cut the roster down to 53 players. While it’s a “big” day, Mekhi Becton’s roster spot is safely secure.