The New York Jets are almost ready to head into training camp and there’s one big question on everyone’s mind – literally.
Attacker Mekhi Becton, nicknamed the “Big Ticket”, has not played or trained since he was injured in Week 1 ending the season in 2021. There were also rumors from reporters that first selected previously appeared to minicamp a shade under 400 pounds.
Many believe that Becton’s weight contributed to endurance issues throughout his career, and no one knows for sure what kind of campaign he will be doing in his third year. It could be All-Pro caliber, medium, or downright pathetic and the Jets had to leave camp with a strong insurance policy behind them.
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High quest for a rookie
According to The Athletic’s beat reporter Connor Hughes, fourth-round rookie Max Mitchell is an expected second line of defense should Becton – or George Fant – miss time. He wrote:
If Fant or Becton pulls back or goes down, the next one could be Mitchell, the fourth round pick in 2022. The Louisiana product is the coaching staff’s favourite. They loved his flexibility, work ethic, and personality. However, he is a development project. Perhaps the Jets added a veteran before the training camp report date (July 26). As it stands, Mitchell is an insurance policy – and a very important one.
There was a slight roadblock from Hughes, noting that general manager Joe Douglas could still choose to sign a more experienced fallback but that front has remained quiet since Riley Reiff visited Florham Park. Assuming an injury occurred before Week 1, or even a setback in the case of Becton, you could see those rumors resurface.
The reason for that could be the potential for a gig to start and the financing that comes with it. At this point, the Jets don’t have a first-team role to offer but in a scenario they do, someone like Reiff or Duane Brown could regain interest.
Until then, it’s Mitchell’s gig and it wouldn’t come as a surprise that the employee discussed it for him for a reason.
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The training camp should provide the answer
“Flexibility, work ethic and character” – as Hughes put it. That’s the spy report on the 6-foot-6-tall interceptor for his entire career.
NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein described Mitchell as a prospect “praised by coaches and scouts for his toughness, consistency, and leadership.” Does that sound like a Douglas-Robert Saleh choice or something?
He continued: “Mitchell has the athletic traits and quickness to make a living by handling left or right. He works with independent hands to improve his early pass control. His punches were sudden and hurled at those on purpose. However, he may overreact to movement. He needs to keep his feet calm and refrain from leaning forward to prevent hasty leaks during the mirroring phase. His initial technique and agility allows him to do most blocks on the go, but he’ll need to prove he can roll downhill and create movement in hat-on battles. -hat. His demeanor, technical savvy and athletic features raised his floors and improved his ceilings. “
It will be interesting to see how the rookie organizes the camp. The jet soldiers did very little work in the trenches this spring, other than drills and school books.
However, you can’t say much about an attacker until the pads appear, and Mitchell has a lot to prove if he intends to be the primary insurance policy when dealing with the attack. Fans already know what Conor McDermott and Chuma Edoga have to offer, and it’s not a comfortable thought.
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