Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton hasn’t shown the kind of consistency and reliability he needs for the Jets to believe they can count on him to be a starter.
That’s the word from Jets coach Robert Salih, who said Becton will continue to work with the backups until he shows he’s healthy enough and in good enough shape to play a full game.
“The most important thing for Mekhi is Show that he can play a game Saleh said, via New York Post. “It’s not fair for the team to set up a player to start if you’re not sure he can get through the game. He’s moving in the right direction. I thought he had a big move against Carolina in that game.”
Jets tackle left Duane Brown was out of camp with a shoulder injury, which could have been a chance for Picton to show what he can do, but instead Billy Turner and Max Mitchell were the Jets’ tackles. Saleh said Picton has a chance to start, but it will be at right tackle rather than left tackle, and only when he shows he can last a full game.
“as soon as [coaching] “The staff, the coaching staff and everyone is relieved that he can show that and stack up the days and certainly start his competitive rotation,” Saleh said. “I think he realizes he loves the game of football and he wants to be there. If he’s part of our top five [line] Does he play right tackle, I think he’s on board.”
The Jets took Becton with the 11th overall selection in 2020 and started 13 games as a starter, but played in only one game in 2021 and missed the entire 2022 season. He is running out of opportunity to show that he does not deserve to be called bankrupt.
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