Heading into the NFL offseason, a big question for NY Jets fans was what was to make of the Mekhi Becton/George Fant situation. Following the first Jets training camp practice of the year, head coach Robert Saleh announced that Mekhi Becton would be the team's starting right tackle.
"He's going to be our right tackle," says Saleh. "We're gonna have George (Fant) over there on the left." Saleh indicated here that Fant will be sticking at the left tackle position even upon Becton's return.
Becton suffered a knee injury in Week 1 of last season when the Jets took on the Carolina Panthers. That injury kept Becton sidelined for the rest of the 2021 season.
He has had unfortunate luck with injuries the year before as well as Becton had a foot injury and missed much of the OTAs and minicamps leading up to the 2021 season.
Another big question surrounding Becton was his physical shape and conditioning heading into this year. This has been an issue with Becton dating back to last season and those concerns only grew during the offseason.
Becton needed to show up to training camp in shape to earn back the trust of the coaching staff, That's just what he did.
Becton came in and didn't miss any time as he was activated off the PUP list prior to the first practice. Saleh has praised Becton's hard work and willingness to improve his physical conditioning.
Saleh also said that Becton got himself into "football shape," and explained how excited the team was with the direction he's headed in. Still, the Jets will be sticking with Fant at left tackle regardless.
Did the NY Jets make the right move with Mekhi Becton and George Fant?
Yes, the choice to start Becton at right tackle and move Fant to left tackle was absolutely the right move. Becton is coming off a major knee injury and, more importantly, Fant is coming off a career year.
Becton played college football at Louisville and was seen as a potential generational talent. He has the skill and the ability to become one of the best tackles in the NFL. As long as he keeps himself in shape and stays healthy, Becton can become one of the best in the NFL at his position.
The fact that Becton showed up to Jets training camp in "excellent shape" is incredibly telling in and of itself. It shows that Becton has been putting in the work to take back his spot.
He has been criticized a lot over the past few months. However, Becton has seemingly proved all those haters and naysayers wrong, at least to this point.
Obviously, we won't know how well this will work out until the season starts, but with all the news coming out of training camp, it sounds like the Jets have a lot to be excited about this year. Mekhi Becton could be a huge part of that excitement.