For the first time in a while, the Jets tackle Mekhi Becton with the rest of their teammates.
Becton injured his knee in Week 1 of last season, and he never returned to action after that season ended. Becton decided to not participate in the voluntary portion of the offseason team program. However, he is returning with the team for the mandatory minicamp.
After his long absence, the team will restrict him to training with trainers. Matt LaFleur, offensive coordinator, said that it was great to see Becton again and reminded him why the Jets selected him in the first round of 2020.
LaFleur stated, via SNY: "He's a very big man that is difficult to run around in in the pass play and then he has -- for being such large men -- a great starting step to get onto players and move them into the run game." He's a natural talent, no matter what scheme he uses. He has the elite God-given strength and size. Mekhi's goal is to put himself in the best possible position for his future.
George Fant was the left tackle in Becton’s absence last season and performed well enough to raise questions about how the team will use its tackles this year. LaFleur did not share any thoughts, so it will be an interesting topic at training camp.