FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JULY 28: Mekhi Becton #77 of the New York Jets during morning practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on July 28, 2021 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

It seems it’s not only fans who are frustrated with the former first-round pick

More Mekhi Becton news came out yesterday. Once again, it muddies the waters on the behemoth tackle’s status on the New York Jets.

ESPN insider Dan Graziano joined Mike ‘Greeny’ Greenberg yesterday. He reported that there is “frustration” among the Jets coaching staff with Becton and they would “like to see him not be overweight.”

Graziano added that he does not know whether a guy can get himself back in shape between now and training camp to make the coaches happy with him, but he added that Becton “has the support of the front office that drafted him.”

The final point Graziano made is one that many Jets fans have espoused for the last few months: the NFL is a “production business,” and if Becton does not play to the level of one of their starting five, the team “will have a tough decision to make.”

Although head coach Robert Saleh has refrained from making his feelings about Becton known publicly, the suspicion that he was displeased with the offensive tackle came from what he did not say. Graziano’s report confirms those suspicions.

Some of the team’s frustration with Becton stems back to before his injury in Week 1 last season. The team was not happy that Carl Lawson smoked Becton in training camp last season, prompting offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur to comment that Becton was “not playing at his best.”

The Mekhi Becton narrative is getting tiresome for many. Jets fans want to see Becton put in the work to obliterate the ‘Big Bust’ moniker.

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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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Brian Z.
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Brian Z.

I wish I knew just how valid this story really is because frankly I am so tired of any and every nitwit with a $32 web cam and a youtube page commenting on this. Is Becton the 2022 whipping board? If the season starts and Becton isn’t an issue, I will call out every one of you so called writers and ask you to explain why you are all such haters! The Jets have one of their best off seasons ever and 90% of your time is spent on Becton. And this is from so-called news outlets that are pro… Read more »

DFargas
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DFargas

It’s a little strange how things have gone sideways for Becton starting with the poor performance in training camp of last year. Is it possible he got over confident after a decent rookie year and came in thinking he could just coast? Now that he’s gotten past the injury, he’s got to lose weight, he’s got stiff competition at left tackle, he may have to learn a new position at right tackle, and it seems like the coaching staff is running out of patience with him. Challenges, challenges. We’ll see what the young man is made of.

hh11212
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hh11212

Graziano seemed to be speculating quite a bit. He may have gotten a report on the weight but everything else seemed to be an educated guess. Then he said he has not performed up to his draft position which is a lie. He graded out in the 70s per pff in run blocking and pass blocking and was top ten in the league the 2nd half of his rookie yr at his position. I will get worried if Becton doesn’t lose at least 15 more lbs from the video I saw. If he can do that he should be fine… Read more »

hh11212
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hh11212

Getting beat in practice and getting hurt still have little to no bearing on how he performed on the field in real games. Your points while valid are misplaced when speaking about his performance which graded out better in pass pro than than George Fant’s season we keep heaping so much praise on. I want him to be healthy and in shape, but he is not a question mark on the field.

hh11212
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hh11212

I love the dialogue, but again you shift the discussion. I was speaking about his past performance and the knee injury Becton had was a mid grade knee injury. With 10 months to recover he will be fine. The key as I stated is for him to comeback I’d him being in shape. My main point originally was it sounded like Graziano had a source on weight and speculated on some other points.

hh11212
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hh11212

The injury keeping him out the full season was about weight and not the knee everyone seems to forget he was already working on the side during the season. He was out of shape which is why he did not come back. That is really the only factor in if Becton will play well. This type of injury is not a career arc changer. Let’s be honest about that and I also felt Graziano was speculating about performance I stated it seemed he had a source on weight, but the nature of his words seemed to indicate a degree of… Read more »

Robert725
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Robert725

Have replied before, hope he achieves his enormous potential, and also add a veteran in case he does not! Team success is too important to not have Plan b ready. Can’t wait! Just extend THIS season! Who says we can’t?

Jets71
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Jets71

It’s becoming more and more evident this was the “red flag” in the draft process. I know nothing about the situation, but to say he “has the support of the front office that drafted him” needs a bit of clarification. Is that Graziano’s opinion based on his years of doing this or is that something he heard from a source? My guess is the front office doesn’t support Becton’s actions, but they may still feel he can turn it around. Personally, I don’t see it. I’m not around the guy, I have no sources but from what I can see… Read more »

Jets71
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Jets71

Any idea if Brown or Fisher have played in the “zone scheme”? I don’t think Becton alone is enough to get Douglas fired. If he’s a bust and these other drafts live up to the positive hype then Becton can bust and it won’t matter. They need some insurance for sure now though.

Jets71
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Jets71

Yeah, if the line doesn’t improve because Becton busts it’s a problem. I actually think the OT’s are still more of a question than we may think. I’d like to see Fant replicate that good year before I can completely trust him, and you saw my thoughts on Becton.