Becton has been the talk of the Jets' offseason over the last few months amidst concerns about his health and conditioning. Jets head coach Robert Saleh said last month that the team expected Becton to be ready for the start of training camp.
Evidently, plans changed.
The Jets also placed offensive tackle George Fant, defensive end Carl Lawson, tight end C.J. Uzomah, and offensive guard Dru Samia on the PUP list.
Players on the active/PUP list can be activated at any time during the summer and still count toward the active roster limit. They are unable to practice during this time, and if they aren't activated prior to the start of the regular season, they will revert to the reserve/PUP list and miss the first six weeks of the season at a minimum.
Right now, there isn't really a cause for major concern regarding Becton or any of the others placed on the PUP list.
Why NY Jets fans shouldn't panic about Mekhi Becton landing on PUP list
While Becton being placed on the PUP list isn't exactly good news, especially given that the Jets expected him to be ready just one month ago, it isn't necessarily a big deal.
NFL teams use the PUP list as a tool to stash players who may not be ready for the start of camp. Notably, a player must be placed on the active/PUP list prior to the start of training camp or they can't be placed on it at all.
The decision to place Becton and the others on this list is likely more of a precaution than anything else. Once the Jets feel they're ready to practice, they'll be activated. This just gives the team the option to rest players until they're ready to return.
Becton could show up to camp in great shape and be activated within days. Or the opposite could happen. This transaction doesn't really tell us much.
The Jets are still hoping to see a healthy and motivated Mekhi Becton return this summer. For now, that return will be delayed slightly.