Darrelle Revis, NY Jets, Mekhi Becton
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Mekhi Becton receives a message of motivation from Darrelle Revis

New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton cannot seem to catch a break on social media, where critical fans crawl out of the woodworks to send vitriol his way on a daily basis. Becton often responds to some of his harshest critics on Twitter.

It appears that Jets legend and future Hall-of-Fame cornerback Darrelle Revis has been watching from afar, quietly observing the criticism coming Becton’s way.

On Monday evening, Revis tagged Becton in a tweet that said, “stay healthy. Ignore the noise. This upcoming season is a big year for you.”

Becton appreciated the advice from one of the greatest players in Jets history.

As Revis said, Becton is certainly headed for a big season.

It appears Becton will have to earn the right to retain his role as New York’s long-term blindside protector. Head coach Robert Saleh announced at the Senior Bowl that Becton will be competing against George Fant for the Jets’ starting left tackle job. Fant had a great season at left tackle after taking over for Becton in Week 1.

Presumably, the loser of the competition will serve as the Jets’ starting right tackle.

Becton, 22, is entering Year 3 of his NFL career looking to build on the monumental upside that he showed in his 2020 rookie season. The Louisville product frequently plowed defenders in the run game and had many games where he went toe-to-toe with elite pass-rushers in protection.

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New York recently made a huge addition to its offensive line, adding former San Francisco 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson on a three-year, $40 contract. The addition of Tomlinson gives the Jets a current projected starting-five of Becton, Tomlinson, Connor McGovern, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and George Fant – a unit that has high expectations entering the 2022 season.

If general manager Joe Douglas’ fully-reconstructed offensive line is going to live up to those lofty expectations, Becton will have to stay healthy and prove he can become the star tackle that he is capable of growing into.

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1 year ago

I am a huge Becton fan and believe he has the talent to be a top ten Tackle of all time. However, Becton needs to stay off Social media for a little while and learn to grind. The world doesn’t need updates on your progress everyday or even weekly. He needs to learn to channel his intrinsic motivation and block out the external factors. He must show himself he doesn’t need that as a motivator whether positive or negative. Because if he doesn’t demonstrate the ability to be solely motivated by his own goals he will continue to struggle to control his weight and to maximize his immense potential.

1 year ago

So true, big year for Becton!