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Is Jets OT Mekhi Becton Ready for a Breakout 2020?

As the Jets get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Becton is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what Judy Battista had to say about the tackle:

Let’s talk about rookies now — and I have who I think will be one of the most impactful rookies here in New York, blotting out the sun: the massive (6-7, 370 pounds!) Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. On the first day in pads at Florham Park, Becton was at left tackle with the starters and the Jets badly need him to anchor that spot immediately. Upgrading a terrible offensive line was the priority for general manager Joe Douglas, for the sake of quarterback Sam Darnold, who was relentlessly pressured last season and, according to Next Gen Stats, struggled badly in those situations, having the lowest passer rating in the league against the blitz.

Running back Le’Veon Bell, who had a miserable season in 2019, will benefit from Becton’s shockingly good movement, too. On one play at practice, Becton came off the ball at the snap, quickly got to the second level of the defense and smashed into a middle linebacker.

Sports talk radio in New York is probably going to spend a lot of time talking about the weapons (or lack thereof) the Jets have for Darnold, but I expect you won’t hear Becton’s name very often, which is exactly how you like offensive linemen.

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