Rumor has it that many people in the NFL believe Mekhi Becton has played his last game with the New York Jets
Appearing on The NFL Rhodes Show With Lindsay Rhodes, draft insider Dane Brugler of The Athletic shared some extremely telling information regarding how people in the league view Becton’s future with the Jets.
“We don’t talk enough about the Jets,” Brugler said when discussing teams who could draft offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu in the top-six. Brugler went on to explain that Becton’s murky future is the reason that New York could be in the hunt for a tackle.
“I don’t think we talk enough about Mekhi Becton. There are plenty of people around the league who believe that he’ll never put on a Jets jersey again. They think that ship has sailed.”
Becton has been the subject of nonstop controversy since the summer of 2021. There were some rumblings that he came to training camp out of shape, and he then proceeded to struggle mightily throughout camp during one-on-one reps against teammate Carl Lawson. He did his best to quell those concerns with two strong performances in the preseason.
In the Jets’ season opener against the Carolina Panthers, Becton suffered a knee injury after teammate Greg Van Roten fell on his leg. Initial reports claimed that Becton would miss somewhere from four to eight weeks but he ended up missing the entire season.
Since then, Becton has drawn continuous criticism for his mysteriously slow recovery as well as for his activity on social media, where he is often seen arguing with his critics. He recently drew some ire for his absence from the Jets’ voluntary workouts at the team facility in New Jersey (which was defended by his teammates).
Could general manager Joe Douglas finally confirm the team’s concerns about Becton through the selection of an offensive tackle in the first round of Thursday’s draft?