The outlook for one of the Jets’ key offensive pieces is not looking good. Second-year tackle Mekhi Becton is still not practicing weeks after knee surgery, per the New York Post’s Brian Costello (via Twitter).
Becton suffered the knee injury during the Jets’ Week 1 loss to the Panthers and was initially believed to be out four to six weeks. After a cleanup procedure meant to better the chances of Becton returning at some point this season, that timetable was extended by another two weeks.
Almost three months removed from the procedure — and therefore three weeks overdue to be at least working toward a return — the 6-foot-7, 364-pound blocker is not in shape to resume practicing at this point, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com notes. Robert Saleh said Becton will “hopefully” return to practice at some point before the campaign is over.
With the Jets at 3-9 and in the basement of the AFC East again, however, there is likely not much need to rush the 2020 No. 11 overall pick back to action. The third tackle selected last year, Becton only missed two games as a rookie. The gargantuan lineman played well when on the field, but weight-related concerns have dogged the Louisville alum during his Jets tenure.
The Jets have relied on Morgan Moses and George Fant to man the tackle positions throughout the year, but Becton’s return at any point would be welcomed. He is under contract through 2023, and the Jets have a 2024 option season to exercise down the road.
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