The New York Jets signed former Oregon offensive tackle and 2018 third round pick, George Fant, earlier this offseason. Now the question remains who will start at left tackle for the Jets in 2019? Quarterback Josh McCown has an answer to that question. “I would say it’s still a competition,” he said of how things could shake out on offense.
The “New York Jets’ Mekhi Becton will have to compete with George Fant to start at left tackle, coach Robert Saleh says.” is a news article about the New York Jets. The article talks about how their new offensive line coach said that he will have to compete with George Fant for the starting job at left tackle.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mekhi Becton, a former first-round choice whose career has been marred by injuries and worries about his weight, will have to compete for his old starting role in training camp with the New York Jets.
Coach Robert Saleh added to the heat by informing reporters at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday that Becton and George Fant would battle at left tackle. Given Becton’s draft ranking (11th overall in 2020), the news was unexpected, and it will undoubtedly feed curiosity about his future.
“George Fant came in and did a fantastic job at left tackle,” Saleh added. “At left tackle, he has earned the right to participate in that conversation. I’ve informed George that he has a chance to keep his job.
“Mekhi is in the same boat. He has to re-establish himself in the starting lineup. With what George has accomplished, it’s a fantastic issue to have. We know what we can expect from Mekhi throughout the offseason.”
After a Week 1 injury, Becton needed knee surgery and missed the rest of the season, despite the organization’s claims that it was just a two-month ailment. According to insiders, there were additional conditioning concerns that contributed to the longer-than-expected layoff. Becton is reported as weighing 363 pounds, although after his recuperation following surgery, his weight was assumed to be greater.
Fant, who started at right tackle on opening day, shifted to the left side and pleased Saleh. Although no one from the Jets has publicly chastised Becton, the team’s tolerance is becoming thin due to his durability difficulties. In an otherwise promising first year in 2020, he missed the equivalent of five games. When Becton was selected out of Louisville, Saleh, who wasn’t the coach at the time, effectively dared Becton to destroy the offseason.
“It’s a crucial summer for him in terms of putting together OTAs and training camp and giving himself a shot throughout the season,” Saleh said. “We’re enthusiastic about Mekhi and his future plans, and we’re even more excited about George. We believe we have a solid tackling strategy.”
Morgan Moses, a potential free agent, was the right tackle. When asked whether Becton could play right tackle, Saleh said, “I believe he has the necessary skills to accomplish his goals. All he needs to do now is set his mind to it.”
In 2020, Fant, who is a natural left tackle, signed as a free agent. The Jets made Becton a Day 1 starter when he was chosen and switched Fant to the right side, despite his preference for the left. With his incredible pancake blocks, Becton sparked a lot of interest, but things began to go south when he missed the offseason due to a foot ailment. He had a bad training camp performance and was on the verge of losing his starting role.
“To simply tell George he can’t compete for that position would be a disservice to George and the effort he’s put in and the things he’s been able to achieve this year,” Saleh said. “It is, as I already said, a major issue. In that aspect, we’re a little privileged since we have two pretty excellent tackles. It’ll be exciting to see those men compete.”
Saleh said that he would not seek a successor for senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh, who will not return in 2022. His one-year contract had come to an end.
Saleh will broaden the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese, who filled in for Cavanaugh as the major voice in the quarterback room for the last six weeks of the season. Calabrese is being groomed as the offensive coordinator’s heir apparent because the club believes current coordinator Mike LaFleur will one day become the head coach.
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