Home | Articles | News | ESPN analyst reports on the NY Jets coaches’ feeling about Mekhi Becton

ESPN analyst reports on the NY Jets coaches’ feeling about Mekhi Becton

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.

Want More Jet X?

Subscribe to become a Jet X Member to unlock every piece of Jets X-Factor content (film breakdowns, analytics, Sabo with the Jets, etc.), get audio versions of each article, receive the ability to comment within our community, and experience an ad-free platform experience.

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Android (Google Play) device.

Sign up for Jet X Daily, our daily newsletter that's delivered to your inbox every morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed and/or find us on Apple News to stay updated with the New York Jets.

Follow us on X (Formerly Twitter) @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Related Articles

About the Author

More From Author

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
19 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Brian Z.
2 years ago

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 Jets. We all have to consider how reliable are these stories when they are broadcast from some kids bedroom that has posters up on the walls! Be happy Jets fans, don’t let the youtubers bring you down. Think positive!

DFargas
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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 for camp and can gradually lose another 15 or so during camp.

hh11212
2 years ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

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
2 years ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

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
2 years ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

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 speculation in the rest of his report, imo.

Robert725
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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 this is an immature person who is struggling being a pro. I get it, weight isn’t easy, and is a struggle for many, but he’s decided to be a pro football player, and has every resource to fix his problem. He needs to get it together. I don’t think any of this will matter because it seems certain he’ll be hurt again. Clearly he’s carrying too much weight.

The questions are: Does that make Reiff more attractive? How much does Reiff have left in the tank? How long will it take him to acclimate? Is there another player they can get via cuts, FA, or trade to fill that hole? Obviously, Becton can’t be trusted.

Jets71
2 years ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

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
2 years ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

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.

19
0
REPLY TO THIS ARTICLE HERE:x
()
x