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Mekhi Becton addresses his doubters with custom shirt

New York Jets social media continues to buzz with speculation about offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. While head coach Robert Saleh provided an update on Becton’s injury status and availability, it’s what Saleh refused to say that has fans worried.

Saleh declined to comment about Becton’s weight, saying only that his knee is fine and that he should be ready to go for training camp. This is what Connor Hughes of The Athletic had to say about Saleh’s evasiveness:

Some might say that this is a stretch or nitpicking. That could very well be the case. But the fact remains that Saleh has gone out of his way to compliment Zach Wilson and Denzel Mims on their physical conditioning. The omission of any such comments about Becton speaks volumes, since he is the one whose physical shape is the most in question.

Becton clearly hears the doubters and the rumors. He has adopted the moniker “The Big Bust” instead of his usual “Big Ticket.” On Wednesday, he showed up for his press conference with a shirt reading “Big Bust” encircled by the words “fat,” “lazy,” “injury prone,” and “out of shape.” Becton takes all of this doubt as motivation.

When asked whether people have written him off, Becton said, “Yeah, and I don’t understand why. But it’s all good, though. I’m going to make them eat their words.”

That’s quite a statement from the behemoth left tackle. He continued on to say that he intends to win the starting left tackle position but is willing to play on the right side, as well.

While many expect George Fant to start on the left side due to his clearly superior play on the left side vs. the right, it would no doubt calm the minds of many Jets fans to see Becton make it an actual competition.

There is still a month and a half until training camp. Becton has time to get back into playing shape, but the questions and rumors continue to swirl. Becton now has time and motivation to put his money where his mouth is.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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ncjetsfan
ncjetsfan
3 months ago

All I care about is whether Becton is in shape for TC and how he plays after that. He is coming off a major injury and is still rehabbing. It would be natural for him to be somewhat out of shape and overweight Rehabbing an injury is different than doing aerobic conditioning or working to lose weight.

ncjetsfan
ncjetsfan
3 months ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

I trust Duke Manyweather much more than I do Jets fans many of whom are cynical, impatient, ignorant, and some of whom never wanted Becton in the first place. It was a more serious injury than Saleh claimed and is largely to blame for underselling it. It sounds to me that Saleh has a problem with Becton. Between the two, Saleh would be the one to go if I was running the team. Saleh needs to get his own house in order and do his job a lot better. His D sucked, and his practice regimen may have led to some of the injury issues the Jets had. His attitude with Becton has been really bad. I read 2-3 months ago that Becton was still rehabbing and unable to work on conditioning, so have no idea why you just learned that a couple of weeks ago. No has said that Becton showed up out of shape, but even if he is, again, when one is rehabbing one cannot work on conditioning. This all stems from Connor Hughes’ speculatory comments that were out of line. He’s just stirring the pot and trying to get clicks and listeners.

ncjetsfan
ncjetsfan
3 months ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

Your last sentence/paragraph is basically what I said in my initial response. I’m not going to obsess and worry about it unless or until it becomes a reality. I believe Becton when he said that he is going to make people eat their words and prove them wrong. He is a huge man, and most of it is muscle mass. His body fat content is not very high. He’s working with a dietician. I believe that he will be ready. Jets fans like to obsess over potential negatives. Many, are cynical and very negative in their perspectives, probably due to the Jets’ sorry history. I’ve seen it on Jets fan sites/forums for over 20 years. Most of it is utter BS. It’s just guys (mostly) wanting to try to prove that they’re smarter than anyone else and who want to be the first one to point something out. Things are changing. We finally have a quality GM who knows what he’s doing and who has a solid plan. We have the right organizational chart where JD is calling the shots/running the team and the HC reports to him. We have more young talent than perhaps we’ve had at any time in our history. There are a LOT of positives about the Jets these days, yet some just want to look for and focus on only the negatives. IMO it’s time for Jets fans to stop with all the hysteria, obsessing, and negative BS. It’s why I will never post on a Jets forum again. They’re unreadable, insulting to my intelligence, and depressing.

I hope that I don’t have to unsubscribe from jetsxfactor, but if the negativity here doesn’t stop, I will.

ncjetsfan
ncjetsfan
3 months ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

I totally understand. I’ve been a Jets fan since 1964 and have seen a LOT more bad than good, and have seen more dumb ownership moves, bad hires, horrible drafting, incompetence, ineptness, and bad luck than most Jets fans. Before JD was hired I had about lost hope, but made a decision that I was never going to become a negative nellie like many Jets fans and hang on when they have no hope. If I can remain positive, and not obsess over potential negativity, they can too. It’s a choice. I believe that many “Jets fans” are not really fans any longer. It’s just a habit that they can’t break. They hate the Johnsons, think JD has done a poor job as GM and he, along with Saleh, Ulbrich, and LaFleur should be fired if the Jets don’t win this year. Many didn’t want the Jets to draft Zach. They wanted the Jets to trade down or take Fields. Some didn’t like the trade up for AVT last year. They criticize every single move the Jets make. That is NOT being a fan imo.

Many also believe that they are stuck being Jets fans whatever happens. I say that is insane. We made the choice to become Jets fans at some point in our lives, and we can choose not to be fans any longer. We can choose to follow another team, or to do something else with our time. I honestly think that some people want to be unhappy and just have something to complain about.

At any rate, I’m going to enjoy the Jets. I have hope and I am confident that Zach is going to be a top 10, if not a top 5 QB in the NFL within a year or two, and that the Jets are going to become one of the top teams in the NFL and stay that way for a while.