Mekhi Becton sounds off on Jets coaches and 'disastrous' move they made on him

Becton thinks the Jets are to blame for his knee injury in 2022.

by Dzevad Mesic
Mekhi Becton sounds off on Jets coaches and 'disastrous' move they made on him

Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is putting all the blame for his knee injury on the New York Jets coaching staff. Becton, the 11th overall pick of the 2020 NFL draft, has appeared in just 15 games in his first three seasons in the NFL.

Last year, Becton suffered a knee injury in Week 1 and that was the lone game he played in 2022. Before the 2022 season started, the Jets decided to switch Becton from the left tackle to the right tackle. According to Becton, he was trying to explain to the Jets coaches that that wasn't a smart decision but they wouldn't listen.

Becton blames the Jets coaches for his knee injury

“It made no sense to put me at right tackle. I hurt my right knee. That’s going to be the knee that I put the most pressure on [while backpedaling in pass protection].

I explained it [to the coaches], but no one cared. I got forced to play a position I don’t play, and then I was pretty much telling them I wasn’t feeling good the whole time throughout camp, and I was told I shouldn’t be complaining.

Go out there and do it. I was limping throughout the whole practice, and I just took a step and my knee buckled and I got hurt again and had to get reconstructive surgery,” Becton said in an interview with Newsday, via OutKick.

When asked about his current relationship with the Jets coaches, Becton gave a blunt answer. “They’re OK. I mean, it is what it is,” Becton said. Recently, Becton took to Twitter to underline that he is "a left tackle." When Jets head coach Robert Saleh was asked about Becton's tweet, he bluntly responded: "Go earn the left tackle." It is not a secret that the Jets expected a lot more from Becton after selecting him in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.