Becton was officially shut down for the 2022 season while four others were bid farewell
The New York Jets officially ended offensive lineman Mekhi Becton’s 2022 season, placing the embattled blocker on injury reserve in a series of roster moves.
Becton’s injury woes have been well-documented, as the Jets’ first-round pick from the 2020 draft hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury in the team’s Week 1 contest against Carolina last season. Another knee injury sustained during training camp has now prematurely ended his third year, leading the team to turn to George Fant and the newly signed Duane Brown at the primary tackle spots.
In addition to Becton’s designation, the team also released four players.
DB Luq Barcoo
Barcoo had one tackle in the latter stages of the Jets’ Friday night win over Philadelphia and has three regular appearances to his name, all coming in 2020 with Jacksonville.
WR Rashard Davis
The well-traveled Davis, who was part of Joe Douglas’ Super Bowl run with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017-18, spent the spring and summer was the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL.
OL Derrick Kelly
Kelly spent most of last season on the New York Giants practice squad and originally signed with the Jets in May.
DE Tim Ward
Ward appeared in 11 games with the Jets last season after previously working with the Kansas City Chiefs.
With these moves, 85 players remain on the Jets’ active roster as the march toward Week 1’s 53-man slate continues. Teams were required to cut their roster to 85 players ahead of 4 p.m. ET on August 16.
The Jets return to preseason action on Monday night at MetLife Stadium when they face the Atlanta Falcons (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags