Mekhi Becton and George Fant are set to do battle for the New York Jets’ left tackle job
The New York Jets‘ offseason has only just begun, but the first shocking bit of news has already hit the masses.
Fant, Becton’s replacement on the blind-side after Becton went down with a knee injury in Week 1, enjoyed the best season of his career in Becton’s absence. Even more impressive, Fant thrived on the left side after spending all of the summer competing with Morgan Moses for the right tackle position, seemingly improving after switching sides.
Despite Fant’s success, the Jets never hinted at Becton’s job being in jeopardy during the season, which makes the timing of the announcement interesting.
Becton’s injury was initially expected to sideline him for roughly eight weeks. It was expected that Becton would reclaim his role upon returning while Fant would return to right tackle.
Instead, Becton’s knee injury lingered long enough to sideline him the rest of the year, opening the door for Fant.
If Becton’s knee did heal properly and he returned mid-season, it’s unlikely he would’ve had to compete for his job. Clearly, something unknown to the public has changed the Jets’ opinions on Becton enough to warrant the competition.
What could have happened to alter the Jets’ stance on Becton? Does Fant truly have a chance to steal Becton’s left tackle spot?
The Oklahoma Drill Podcast is back to break down the Jets’ upcoming left tackle battle, as well as what New York can learn from this year’s Super Bowl teams. Listen in as the crew lays out all the possible answers for the unsuspected competition, from the likely to the potentially absurd.
With the Jets out of the playoffs, not many expected them to make headlines two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl. But as fans of Gang Green have come to learn time and time again over the years, there’s never a dull moment in the city that never sleeps.