After the Jets drafted Becton at No. 11 overall, Becton showed immense potential as a rookie putting together a strong first season. Unfortunately, injuries marred his second NFL season.
The young O-lineman has missed 18 out of 33 possible games and enters his third year in New York during a very critical period — last season, George Fant performed extraordinarily well at left tackle, and the starting position could be his if Becton doesn't recover to full health.
Currently, Becton is still rehabbing from his knee injury and was absent from voluntary team workouts in May, likely due to the fact that Becton's girlfriend has recently given birth to the couple's first child/
Amid all the rumors surrounding his future with the Jets, Becton recently (not exactly that recently) changed his Twitter name to "Big Bust 77," poking fun at how a portion of the Jets fanbase has already unjustly labeled Becton a major bust.
NY Jets' offensive tackle Mekhi Becton has heard his critics
The sole silver lining for Becton this offseason may be the Jets choosing not to select an offensive tackle in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Had New York taken Ikem Ekwonu instead of Sauce Gardner with the fourth overall pick, Ekwonu would effectively have served as Becton's replacement, and the Jets would essentially have been signaling to the league that they were moving on from Becton.
Becton changing his Twitter name seems more like self-deprecating comedic jest than anything serious, and it seems New York still expects Becton to make a comeback and return to health in 2022.
The Jets' offensive tackle has no doubt heard every critique in the book during his time in New York, and this upcoming season will reveal whether he can prove his haters wrong.