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Jets OL likely out for season with significant knee injury

Mekhi Becton during training camp

Jul 31, 2021; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (77) runs during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have lost a key piece to their offensive line before the team has even played one down in a preseason game.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is likely out for the year with a substantial knee injury. The former first-round pick suffered an avulsion fracture of the right knee cap, and is seeing a surgeon on Wednesday.

An avulsion fracture happens when a tiny piece of bone attached to tendons or ligaments is pulled away from the main part of the bone.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters after Tuesday’s practice that Becton was getting a second opinion on Wednesday, but confirmed that Becton is unlikely to play this season.

Becton sustained the knee injury early on during Monday’s practice. During team drills, the 23-year-old was captured with a noticeable limp.

Becton has had an injury-riddled NFL career so far. Last season, he suffered a knee injury in Week 1. After undergoing surgery, Becton sat out the remainder of the year after he was expected to miss anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

The Jets will now have to replace Becton, who was expected to start at right tackle. One veteran five-time Pro Bowl tackle who the team brought in for a visit on Saturday could be an option.

Jets OL sends message to critics with shirt choice

Mekhi Becton during training camp

Jul 31, 2021; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (77) runs during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets offensive lineman Mekhi Becton appears to have been listening to his critics over the course of the offseason.

Becton, the Jets’ first-round draft pick in 2020, showed up to his press conference Wednesday wearing a shirt that read “Big Bust.” The shirt also included text of various criticisms, including lazy, injury-prone, and out of shape.

Becton explained that he feels written off already, and intends to make his doubters “eat their words.”

Based on some reports, some of the criticism is justified. Becton was hurt in 2021 and reportedly ballooned to an unacceptable weight. The Jets are forcing Becton to win his starting job during training camp, which is an entirely reasonable stance considering how his 2021 season went.

Becton was a highly-touted prospect coming out of Louisville, and the talent is still there. If the shirt helps him make the most of it, the Jets probably won’t mind.

Jets lineman ballooned to 400 pounds last season

Mekhi Becton during training camp

Jul 31, 2021; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (77) runs during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have the fourth overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft, and they could use it to fill one of several needs. Their decision may hinge on what type of condition one of their former first-round picks is in.

Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, the 11th overall pick in the 2020 draft, suffered a knee injury in Week 1 last season. He underwent surgery and was expected to miss 4-8 weeks, but he sat out the remainder of the year. One of the reasons for that was that his weight got out of control.

Becton is already one of the biggest players in the NFL. The former Louisville star is listed at 6-foot-7 and 363 pounds. According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, he packed on roughly 40 pounds while recovering from his knee injury and was up to a whopping 400.

That would certainly help explain why Becton missed the entire season despite an eight-week recovery timeline. Jets head coach Robert Saleh said earlier this offseason that Becton will have to compete to get his starting job back, and Cimini reports that there is tension between Becton’s camp and the team.

Many analysts have predicted that the Jets will take former Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner at No. 4. They also like former NC State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu. Their decision may say a lot about Becton’s standing with the team.

Hilarious Mekhi Becton, Jamison Crowder photo goes viral

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A hilarious photo of Mekhi Becton and Jamison Crowder went viral on Tuesday.

The New York Jets shared a photo of Becton and Crowder standing a few feet apart from each other on the sidelines at practice. The size difference between the two is comical.

Becton is listed at 6-foot-7 and 364 pounds. Crowder is listed at 5-foot-9 and 177 pounds. Becton is about twice Crowder’s size and looks every bit of it.

Becton was a first-round pick by the Jets this year (No. 11 overall). Crowder joined the Jets last year and became their leader in receptions (78), receiving yards (833) and receiving touchdowns (6). Despite his size, he’s quite a player.

The funny photo reminded us of this one from three years ago.

Report: Mekhi Becton drug test result not hurting draft stock

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If offensive lineman Mekhi Becton drops further than expected in the NFL Draft, it does not sound like his flagged drug test will be the reason why.

According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., teams are not as concerned about the drug test as they are about Becton’s weight, which could be a bigger issue.

“I think you look at where he could go, maybe he doesn’t go 10, maybe gets into the middle, some think maybe into the 20s,” Kiper said on ESPN. “I don’t think that’s going to be that big an issue. I think the managing the weight; you know 363, 364 at the combine. Will he keep that weight around 360, 365, or balloon up to 380? I think managing the weight will determine what type of left tackle, offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is. I don’t think the concern is over this, as much as that. So to me, it’s not going to push him down all that far.”

As concerning as Becton’s test may be, he didn’t fail any drug tests at Louisville and will be in the clear if nothing else pops up in the next 60 days. This doesn’t seem to be a major red flag.

Louisville AD defends Mekhi Becton over reported flagged drug test at combine

Mekhi Becton

Louisville Cardinals athletic director Vince Tyra defended Mekhi Becton over a report that the offensive lineman was flagged for a drug test at the NFL Combine.

On Friday, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said Becton was one of the players who had a drug test flagged. That puts Becton in the first phase of the league’s intervention program, which he could easily work his way out of with no further flagged tests.

Becton is among the top offensive line prospects and expected to go high in the first round of Thursday’s draft.

In statements to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Tyra defended Becton’s character. He called Becton a “great leader” and “great guy” and said teams would not need to worry about the offensive lineman.

That’s a nice defense of Becton, and truthfully, most teams shouldn’t worry too much about taking the first-team All-ACC player. That whole drug thing worked out OK for this offensive lineman in the pros.

Mekhi Becton had drug test flagged at NFL Combine

Mekhi Becton

Mekhi Becton was among the players who had a drug test flagged at the NFL Combine in February, according to a report.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport shared the news about Becton on Friday and says teams are aware of the failed test. Rapoport further says Becton did not fail any drug tests while in college at Louisville.

Becton is only in Stage 1 of the NFL intervention program and will only be there for 60 days as long as he has no more flagged tests or issues.

Becton is a 6-foot-7, 369-pound offensive lineman who is expected to be a possible top-10 pick. He was named first-team All-ACC last season and skipped the team’s bowl game to preserve his health ahead of the draft.