Mekhi Becton, NY Jets, Injury, Return, Status, Contract, PFF
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A new report provides an update on Mekhi Becton’s injury status

The health of offensive tackle Mekhi Becton was a lingering, perplexing storyline throughout the New York Jets‘ 2021 season. Becton was initially expected to miss only four to eight weeks following a knee injury suffered in Week 1, but he ended up missing the entire year.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo provided an update on Becton’s injury status on Jan. 15, six days after the Jets’ season finale in Buffalo.

In a tweet, Garafolo says the Jets “hope” that Becton’s rehab is “turning a corner and he’ll be ready to go this spring.” Garafolo breaks down the story behind Becton’s tumultuous season in an accompanying video.

“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.

Garafolo continued, “This is something where he is going to have to continue to rehab that knee, he is going to have to get back in shape. The Jets are hopeful that he will be back in shape, ready to go, physically and mentally, for the start of OTAs. But we’ll see how that goes.”

The 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft out of Louisville, Becton showcased immense potential in his rookie season. However, his durability came into question as he managed to play 100% of the Jets’ offensive snaps in only eight games, missing two contests and leaving the field at least once in six of his 14 appearances.

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JetOrange
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JetOrange

Hope they can re-sign Moses. Draft implications.

Jimjets
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Jimjets

Agreed. I just don’t think we should be in the business of letting competent productive linemen go. Keep Moses and Tardif if he’ll stay. Upgrade over McDermott and Feeney and Edogo. One draft idea I heard and wouldn’t be opposed to is trade 10 down and take linderbaum. Kick McGovern over to right guard. That OL, with whatever shakes out w Becton, Fant and Moses would be no joke. Oh, and it would have depth too.

JetOrange
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JetOrange

LDT & Moses will be difficult signings, JD needs to be willing to overpay. Expect at least one Offensive Lineman in the First four draft picks. McDermott is a fourth string Tackle , disaster at LT. Connor is cheap , will be evaluated as a backup Right Tackle & Right Guard. Edoga has been a disappointment, had hope that this system was ideal for his skill set, next training camp is his last chance. Crazy, but you have to question Joe Douglas’s judgement on Free Agent Lineman, Dan Feeney stole his money, truly a bad signing. JD does have a… Read more »

Jimjets
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Jimjets

Interesting. I would like overpay a bit for those two guys. Neither is elite but both good to very good and they play. They actually play every week. Agreed that he’s been mediocre at signing OL but no one and I mean no one thought Fant would be this good. I think there is so much value – at most if not all the positions we need – that trading down once or twice with our first four picks would be wise, especially if the haul is worth it. A few key FA, perhaps 4-6, and hit on more draft… Read more »

JetOrange
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JetOrange

Khalil & Feeney signings were bad signings. But you are 100% correct, that Fant was an outstanding signing. Douglas drew criticism initially for the amount of the contract, but he saw the potential . George at Left Tackle is now a 18 million a year guy, a tremendous value at 10 per year. You could trade George if the Becton situation was so uncertain (2nd round pick and free up 10 in CAP space), but that ain’t gonna happen . Have an unrealistic hope that Grant Hermann could contribute at OT.

Jimjets
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Jimjets

Right. Well our roster was so bereft of talent that JD needed time. It’s all in front of us now as he has us in the position to improve dramatically. He just has to execute. The fact that he and Saleh work so well together is huge. Oh. And the Senior Bowl!

Jonathan Richter
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Jonathan Richter

I think LDT only comes back if he is guaranteed to be the starter. He’s got some deadlines he has to meet to keep his medical license which he’s not going to blow to sit on the bench.

Jimjets
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Jimjets

Well said JR. Fair point, I imagine if they can then they will upgrade in FA or draft. Strange situation, and I just hate to lose a guy who’s A) Good B) Wants to be here C) fills a position of huge need. They have the resources and I guess the next guy could be better, younger and cheaper.