NY Jets’ first-round pick Mekhi Becton is making a sizable first impression in more than one way.
While it’s still far too early to predict just how successful he will be in his rookie season, it’s clear that Becton is making a big impression — both figuratively and literally.
Players and coaches alike have shared their early impressions of Becton with near-universal praise. But the immediate discussions haven’t necessarily been about his performance or even his worth ethic.
Instead, Becton has been described by one word (and a few synonyms of that word) — big.
Few players have come to Jets training camp with the hype that Becton has, and as a result, he’s been the talk of Florham Park. And that talk has almost exclusively centered around his size.
Seriously, for some reason, no one can stop talking about how big Mekhi Becton is.
“It’s rare that you see a 370-pound guy move the way he does. When you’re next to him, that’s when you realize how big this guy is. When other players are talking about his size, his length, his strength, that’s when you know it’s real.”
Quarterback Sam Darnold joined in on the fun calling Becton “a big guy” and “a large human.” But don’t take his word for it, take it from left guard Alex Lewis who’s given Becton — a man of many nicknames — a new title to wear proudly.
“I call that rookie The Great Wall of Green. He’s massive.”
Anyone else? How about a word from offensive line coach Frank Pollack who made sure to slip in a comment about Becton’s size when discussing Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion.
“Mass times acceleration equals force, right? You need a guy who can play with speed and bend. He’s extemely unique because he’s a big man and he can still move and bend”
The NY Jets players and coaches aren’t the only ones commenting on Mekhi Becton’s size.
Even the Jets’ beat is sharing their thoughts with Connor Hughes of The Athletic calling Becton “the biggest player [he’s] ever seen.” If you haven’t got it by now, Mekhi Becton is a big, big man.
But at this point, he’s used to the comments.
Becton had the following to say when speaking to reporters on Tuesday about his much-discussed size.
“I’ve been hearing it since I’ve been little. It’s nothing new to me. I’m used to it. I embrace it now. I like hearing that I’m big.”
However, he did admit that he wasn’t always conformable with his large stature insisting that he was once “insecure,” but that he “fully embraces it now.”
That’s a good thing too considering he’s seemingly reminded of it every time someone talks about him.
If there is one take away from training camp so far, it’s that Mekhi Becton is apparently really, really big.
And if you somehow missed the memo, the Jets’ players, coaches, and reporters are more than happy to set the record straight.