Despite playing through an injury that should have kept him out of the game completely, Mekhi Becton looked dominant in his limited action against Denver.
After dealing with a shoulder injury throughout the short week of practice, Becton did not start against the Broncos and instead suited up as an “emergency option,” with Chuma Edoga getting the start at left tackle. However, after Edoga went down just four snaps into the game, Becton was strangely chosen by Adam Gase to replace Edoga instead of a healthy Conor McDermott. Becton labored his way through 17 snaps – clearly in pain as evidenced by his constant grimacing – until the Jets came to their senses and pulled him for McDermott.
Even while playing through an obviously cumbersome injury that should have kept him from suiting up at all, Becton was excellent in his limited action.
Before we get into the film of Becton’s impressive moments against Denver, here is a glimpse into the condition he was in during the game. This does not look like a man who should have had a uniform on (audio via NFL Network included).
Keep that shot in mind while you watch Becton thrive in the clips below.
On his first snap of the game after replacing Edoga, a 2nd & 10 play, Becton draws a one-on-one with Bradley Chubb (who ended up destroying McDermott to the tune of a career-high 10 pressures). Becton squares up Chubb, stays patient, and uses his supreme length to devour Chubb’s attempt at a bull rush, rendering his rush completely ineffective and giving Sam Darnold a pristine pocket.