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Jets Rookie Mekhi Becton Getting Acclimated to Life in the NFL

Mekhi Becton’s first month in the NFL has been nothing like he could’ve ever expected, Chris Iseman of NorthJersey.com reports.

With players and coaches scattered around the country because of the coronavirus pandemic, Becton has been participating in virtual meetings, learning the playbook and texting some of his new teammates.

But that’s the extent of what he’s been able to do with the New York Jets.

“It’s definitely been weird because I can’t go on the field and physically walk through the plays so I can get a better understanding of them,” Becton said on a Zoom call with reporters Monday. “That would be the only weird aspect of it.”

Drafted 11th overall out of Louisville in April, Becton could be tasked with protecting quarterback Sam Darnold’s blind side as the left tackle, a role the Jets hope Becton could hold for many years.

A rare combination of size and athleticism, the 6-foot-7, 364-pound Becton says he has two goals for his rookie season.

“I want to start as a rookie and I want to make the playoffs,” Becton said.

Becton, who said he has told general manager Joe Douglas that he would like to wear No. 77 because he wants to try something new, has a strong chance at landing a starting job at either left or right tackle as a rookie.

His other goal of making the playoffs could be tougher to accomplish, but he could play a big role in eventually helping to make that happen.

He and Darnold recently exchanged texts, and he’s also been in contact with running back Le’Veon Bell, who told him to “lock his (phone) number in.”

Becton still has to wait to better get to know his new teammates in person.

“Right now we’ve just been doing a lot of virtual meetings,” Becton said. “I’ve been seeing their faces but I haven’t talked to any of the vets yet. I haven’t gotten to know them personally. We’ve just been doing meetings. The rookies have been doing side meetings on their own with the vets. I’ve just been studying and doing extra studying with the playbook. That’s what I’ve been getting from it.”

Jets Close to Adding Former Pats and Titans DB Logan Ryan

The Jets believe they will land former Patriots and Titans defensive back Logan Ryan on a one-year deal, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Ryan, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots, would provide a versatile piece for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Ryan, 29, is coming off his best season with 18 passes defensed (third most in the NFL), 4 ½ sacks, four interceptions, eight quarterback hits and 113 tackles in Tennessee.

Jets 2020 Schedule Released, Team to Open on the Road in Buffalo

The Jets will open the 2020 season on the road against the rival Bills before coming home for their home opener the next week against the NFC Champion 49ers.

The team will play the NFC West this season, meaning the Seahawks, Rams, Niners and Cardinals. Here’s the complete 2020 slate.

Week 1 (Sunday, September 13): @ Buffalo Bills

Week 2 (Sunday, September 20): San Francisco 49ers

Week 3 (Sunday, September 27): @ Indianapolis Colts

Week 4 (Thursday, October 1): Denver Broncos

Week 5 (Sunday, October 11): Arizona Cardinals

Week 6 (Sunday, October 18): @ Los Angeles Chargers

Week 7 (Sunday, October 25): Buffalo Bills

Week 8 (Sunday, November 1): @ Kansas City Chiefs

Week 9 (Monday, November 9): New England Patriots

Week 10 (Sunday, November 15): @ Miami Dolphins

Week 11 Bye Week

Week 12 (Sunday, November 29): Miami Dolphins

Week 13 (Sunday, December 6): Las Vegas Raiders

Week 14 (Sunday, December 13): @ Seattle Seahawks

Week 15 (Saturday, December 19/Sunday, December 20): @ Los Angeles Rams

Week 16 (Saturday, December 26/Sunday, December 27): Cleveland Browns

Week 17(Sunday, January 3): @ New England Patriots

RB Gore Signing with the Jets, Back Together with Adam Gase

The Jets have added a new veteran running back to their squad, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has signed Frank Gore.

The veteran running back will turn 37 on May 14th, he was a third-round pick in 2005. Over the course of his career Gore has run for 3896 yards in his career.

He spent 10 seasons with the 49ers, and three years in Indy before playing last season with the Buffalo Bills.

Last year with the Bills he rushed for 599 yards and two scores.

Jets Grab Louisville OT Mekhi Becton in Round One of 2020 NFL Draft

The Jets need help to protect franchise QB Sam Darnold, and did that on Thursday night with the pick of Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Rich Cimini of ESPN wrote about why the Jets went this route taking the tackle.

Somewhere in Southern California, quarterback Sam Darnold is smiling. Even though the Jets added four new linemen in free agency, they needed a long-term anchor to protect their most valuable investment. Becton is that guy. He is a towering size at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, and he plays like a man who is 100 pounds lighter. His presence at left or right tackle will improve the running game. Running back Le’Veon Bell is happy too.

CBS Sports says that Becton is a “freak” and that he will have a big impact on the Jets line:

Jets Say They Want Safety Jamal Adams Around for a Long Time

New York Jets GM Joe Douglas told reporters on Monday that the goal is for the Jets to get safety Jamal Adams in a Jets uniform for a long time with a contract extension.

But – Douglas did say he would listen to offers for the Pro Bowl safety.

“The plan would be for Jamal to be here long term,” Douglas said during a pre-draft conference call with reporters. “Again, I’ve also made it known I have to do what’s in the best interest of the team. If other teams call to talk about players, I’ll listen.

“Going into this draft, my intent isn’t to move any players. But if a team calls, we’re going to have conversations. I don’t view it as hedging. I view it as doing my job.”

Adams, signed for 2020 and 2021 (option year), apparently is unhappy with his contract situation. ESPN reported last week that the All-Pro safety is planning to skip the voluntary offseason program, which begins virtually on April 27.

Adams hasn’t addressed the matter on social media, but he said in early February that he expects an extension this offseason. He wants to become the NFL’s highest-paid safety, and there are some who believe he wants to be the highest-paid player on the Jets, surpassing linebacker C.J. Mosley ($17 million per year).

Adams is due to make $3.6 million this year. He already received $2.8 million in the form of a roster bonus that was paid last month.

Did Tim Tebow Take a Shot at the Jets During His Easter Sermon?

Tim Tebow, the devout, God-fearing former NFL quarterback-turned-minor leaguer, took a shot at the Jets on Sunday in order to make a greater point about the holiday, Zach Braziller of the New York Post reports.

“What we are talking about is the greatest trade in the history of the world. There have been some really big trades. The Red Sox traded Babe Ruth [to the Yankees] for $100,000. How’s that for a trade?

“Wayne Gretzky was traded for a couple of scrubs. How’s that for a trade?

“I got traded to the Jets. How’s that for a trade? That didn’t work out for anybody. When’s the last time a Jets trade worked out? Anyway, that’s beside the point.”

Tebow, the 32-year-old former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida, spent one year with the Jets, in 2012, and flopped as a fullback and tight end. He failed to parlay preseason auditions with the Patriots (2013) and Eagles (2015) into roster spots before becoming a college football analyst at ESPN and getting a baseball shot with the Mets. Tebow has played parts of three minor league seasons since September 2016, reaching as high as Triple-A, though he hit just .163 there last season in 77 games.

But he hasn’t forgotten about the Jets, who have suffered four straight losing seasons and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2010.

New Jets WR Breshad Perriman Ready for a Breakout Season

Breshad Perriman believes 2020 will be his breakout season — finally, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

The Jets’ new receiver hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being a first-round pick. But Perriman expects that to change this year in Adam Gase’s offense as he plays a more prominent role than he’s had in the past.

“You see that the receivers that he’s had and the numbers they’ve put up every time in his system,” Perriman said during a conference call Friday. “I have no doubt in my mind that this definitely will be a season to remember for me as far as production-wise. I’m just really excited for the opportunity that I will get just being in this] offense and being in a bigger role.”

Perriman agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal the same day the Jets lost Robby Anderson to Carolina. He comes in with big question marks, though.

The Jets are Perriman’s fourth team since he was taken 26th overall by Baltimore in 2016. But he said he’s eager to “prove to the ones who have any doubt in their mind wrong.”

He had a terrific final month of the season for the Buccaneers, who made him more of a focal point after losing Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to injury. Perriman caught 20 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns in the last four games. He believes that was “a tiny glimpse” of what he can do for the Jets, even if slot receivers are the ones who generally excel under Gase.

“I think that’s just a sneak peek of what’s to come for this season and many other seasons,” Perriman said. “I just feel like that was just a tiny glimpse. I’m looking forward to build from that little run I had at the end of last season.”