5 most intriguing NY Jets position battles to watch this summer

Jets fans should keep an eye on these five exciting position battles
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1. NY Jets starting right tackle

This is the most fascinating position battle for the Jets. In theory, there is supposed to be a competition for both offensive tackle spots this summer, but the assumption is that a healthy Duane Brown will be the team's Week 1 starting left tackle.

That means that former first-round pick Mekhi Becton will likely be competing for a starting job at right tackle, much to his chagrin. Becton has been vocal about his frustrations playing right tackle last summer, even blaming his knee injury on the position switch.

Unfortunately, that might be his only route to a starting role. Even still, he won't be guaranteed anything.

Becton will have to compete with the likes of veteran Billy Turner and second-year tackle Max Mitchell this summer. Turner is a favorite of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and Mitchell showed promise as a rookie last season.

The Jets are fully aware of Becton's talent, but even if he stays healthy, he'll need to earn a starting job this summer. Don't be shocked if someone like Turner ends up as the team's Week 1 starting right tackle.

Turner has started 61 games over the last five seasons, four of which have been spent with Hackett. He might even be the early favorite to start at right tackle.

There is no more intriguing — and arguably no more important — position battle for the Jets this summer than the competition for the starting right tackle job.