Mekhi Becton says he’s a left tackle, Robert Saleh tells him to earn it

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When the Jets declined the fifth-year option on offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, it raised questions about whether he has any future with the team. But if he’s going to play, coach Robert Saleh wants him to know he has to earn it.

After Saleh told reporters that there would be open competitions at both right and left tackle involving Becton, Duane Brown, Max Mitchell, Billy Turner and Cedric Ogbuehi, Becton indicated on Twitter that he believes he ought to be the Jets’ starting left tackle.

“I. AM. A. LEFT. TACKLE!!!” Becton wrote in a tweet that he later deleted.

Asked about Becton’s tweet, Saleh said he’ll be the left tackle if he earns it.

Go earn the left tackle,” Saleh said, via the New York Daily News. “Competition.”

Becton has been a disappointment since the Jets took him with the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, but Saleh told reporters he has an opportunity this season.

“The expectation for him is no different than anybody else,” Saleh said. “It’s redundant, I feel like I say it to you guys all the time, but you wake up and find a way to get better and that’s who you are every single day. That’s the expectation. If it leads to starting, if it leads to a left tackle position, it doesn’t matter. If you go to bed satisfied with the way you approach each day and the way you attack it, odds are, it is going to work out in your favor. If it doesn’t, at least you go to bed knowing you tried your best.”

The Jets drafted Becton because they think that at his best, he has the potential to be an elite left tackle. He needs to prove it.

34 responses to “Mekhi Becton says he’s a left tackle, Robert Saleh tells him to earn it

  1. Nice to see a player demand to be given a position only to be told real world news. You want it you have to earn it.

  2. Sounds like he is suffering from Jonah Williams Syndrome. Jonah thinks he’s a left tackle too.

  3. It’s generational. He’s entitled to that position. He has the participation trophy to prove it.

  4. Open competition for each of left and right tackle jobs? Aaron Rodgers must be thrilled to hear that.

  5. Just what Rodgers and the Jets need, unrest and bickering on the offensive line. This is going to be a debacle.

  6. Rodgers long time buddy David Bakhtiari is likely to be cut before 2024. One idea is to swap Becton for Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari wants to join his pal in New York and Becton is out of New York.

    At that point most of the Aaron Rodgers cult would be under contract to the Jets.

  7. He needs to befriend Rodgers. Rodgers expressed his desire to play for the Jets because he is being given a say in front-office personnel decisions with the Jets. Consider it a red flag.

  8. The left tackle job is his to win. It’s a meritocracy.
    Just have a great year and outperform the other guy and he will become the left tackle.

  9. harryhodag says:
    Rodgers long time buddy David Bakhtiari is likely to be cut before 2024.
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    Although it’s unlikely ,.. I guess you should never say never. The dead cap hit on Bakh is significant ($38mil) seeing they restructured him this off season to get the cap room to absorb Rodgers dead cap hit. If they would trade him post June 1st,.. that cap hit is split to $19 mil this year and the other $19mil on the 2024 salary cap. The Packers can’t eat $19mil this year. They tight to the cap. Just play him this year and deal with it after 2023.

  10. They wisely rejected the option and if he goes to RT and ends not being awful, he’ll get pegged as RT FA market money.

    Good thing Joe Douglas did a “deep dive” on the character of Becton.

    Not only is he overweight and immature, he stinks. Whiffing on top 15 piks 95% of the time will lead you to Jetsville.

    They just can’t help themselves and now Rodgers has arrived for more hilarity.

  11. How can he be the LT when David Bakhtiari should be arriving any day now. I do believe he’s next on Aaron’s list.

  12. This perfectly encompasses the difference between a team like the jets & a team like the eagles. Questions on the line, people bickering, top 10 pick at LT potentially flopping vs 0 questions on the line, nobody bickering & a 7th round project starting & holding up at LT…and none of that Jet drama includes Rodgers yet, wait until that starts! They have 1, maybe 2 years and then my money is on them tearing it all down again.

  13. trumpsgottago4386 says:
    They have 1, maybe 2 years and then my money is on them tearing it all down again.============================================================================
    Without a doubt. Rodgers deal was restructured to enhance his coming back for 2024. NYJ is sorta following the LA Rams model in 2021-2. Abuse the future salary cap. Put all the personnel moves from this year and next on the credit card and deal with that come 2025.
    It’s all about holding up a Lombardi in victory.

  14. The current regime drafted a QB with the overall #2 pick in the draft just two years ago. They just signed Aaron Rodgers. That’s about all I need to know. These guys obviously have no idea how to run an organization. Let’s all focus on a comment made by a lineman. Lol. This is just a distraction.

  15. charliecharger says:
    May 7, 2023 at 4:06 pm
    The current regime drafted a QB with the overall #2 pick in the draft just two years ago. They just signed Aaron Rodgers. That’s about all I need to know. These guys obviously have no idea how to run an organization. Let’s all focus on a comment made by a lineman. Lol. This is just a distraction.

    20Rate This

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    Douglas botched the Seattle Adams fleecing by whiffing on a #2 overall pick and a LT within the top 15 after everyone else knew Becton would bust.

    Two obvious busts and Douglas took the cheese.

    Can’t make it up. Just can’t.

  16. NE will sign him to a prove it deal next winter and turn him into a Pro Bowler.

  17. The only way they are going to keep this guy on the field is by wrapping him in bubble wrap

  18. charliecharger says:
    May 7, 2023 at 4:06 pm
    The current regime drafted a QB with the overall #2 pick in the draft just two years ago. They just signed Aaron Rodgers. That’s about all I need to know. These guys obviously have no idea how to run an organization. Let’s all focus on a comment made by a lineman. Lol. This is just a distraction.
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    The Chargers drafted a great QB at 6 overall. He’s surrounded by a lot of talent, annnnd yet…..they still do their historic choke job, in the playoffs, to a team that just barely made the playoffs. I thought their HC was getting fired on the plane ride home, but nope. He’s still there…bwaahaahaaaabwaahasaa, The Chargers the never ending 3 ring circus…

  19. Becton has been good when he’s been on the field, it’s his availability that’s been the problem. Saleh has it right giving the guy a little kick in the rear. If he can stay on the field he can really help the Jets, so it makes sense to try and push the right buttons to get the most out of him this year.

  20. Brown will be Lt. No way 77 makes it to week 1 without flaring something up and ending on it like every other year.

  21. kingbags says:
    May 7, 2023 at 9:25 am
    A 400 lb left tackle
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    He’s actually at 342 now

  22. Everyone wants to be a left tackle. I know it’s about money but come on.

  23. Cedric Ogbuehi is still in the NFL? He was a MASSIVE bust and he’s going on an 8 year NFL career? How is that possible?

  24. Danielle K says:
    May 7, 2023 at 11:14 am
    Millennial tackle Mekhi Becton

    Millennials are pushing 40. Becton would be Gen Z.

  25. Nonsense! Saleh needs to get with the program! If Becton identifies as a LT, then he needs to give him the spot. 😉

  26. This guy was doomed from the beginning but every year guys like this get picked high.

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