Mekhi Becton, OT, NY Jets: A+
Playing 25 first-half snaps was a really strong showing for Becton, who is still building confidence and durability in his surgically-repaired knee. In fact, the coaches have stated that this was the plan all along for Becton, who has been given plenty of opportunity to build up the strength and trust in his knee so far.
After only playing seven snaps in the Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns, Becton has now gone over 20 snaps in each of his last two outings, has not missed any practice time, and has shown more and more in his outings what made him a first-round pick just three years ago.
What stood out most for Becton was his dominance in the run game. On multiple occasions, Becton was pushing defenders downfield with ease, clearing running lanes on the right side just as he did in his solid rookie season.
In fact, the Jets averaged 9.5 yards per carry on their eight attempts when Becton was on the field. Without him, the average dropped to just 3.6 yards per carry.
Furthermore, Becton did not allow a single pressure, sack, hurry, or quarterback hit on his 18 pass-blocking snaps either. In his first two preseason appearances, I would argue Becton was just holding his own.
He wasn't dominating by any stretch, but also not allowing much pressure or obvious plays of getting beat. However, against Tampa Bay, Becton truly shined as arguably the most dominant player on the field for either team.
At this point, it is time to get Becton first-team reps this week at practice at right tackle and let him get the first-team reps with Aaron Rodgers in this week's preseason game against the Giants.
If Becton can get back to his rookie season and solidify the right side of the offensive line, he could help make this team a legitimate Super Bowl contender.