The New York Jets suffered what appears to be a major injury during training camp.
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Dennis Waszak Jr described Becton’s injury as an “apparent leg/ankle injury” and it occurred on the second play of team drills.
Rich Cimini of ESPN shared that Becton suffered the injury to his “surgically repaired right knee” which makes matters even worse.
A fan seemed to capture some video of Becton getting hurt during practice:
This would be the second injury in as many days to the offensive line.
During the green and white scrimmage, reserve offensive tackle Conor McDermott went down with what appeared to be a very serious lower leg injury.
Head coach Robert Saleh called it an “ankle” injury and it didn’t look good either. The team said they would know more on Sunday about the severity of the injury.
Depth Becomes Necessary
Prior to any of this injury news, the Jets were actively kicking the tires on available offensive tackles in free agency.
They explored Riley Reiff during mandatory minicamp, but he ultimately signed with the Chicago Bears.
Most recently they brought in veteran Duane Brown for a visit over the weekend. He was in attendance when McDermott was hurt during the team’s scrimmage on Saturday.
According to NFL analyst Will Parkinson, the Jets continued that visit into Sunday when they were hoping to strike a deal.
I imagine with all of this injury news that the Jets will now increase the heat on their pursuit to lock Brown in.
Throughout his 14 years in the NFL, he has exclusively played at left tackle. Becton has shifted over to right tackle this offseason and McDermott is a reserve player. However, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN, the Jets’ pitch to Brown was as a backup swing tackle.
If Brown wasn’t interested in that offer, he likely wouldn’t have shown up to the Jets for the visit. So if he is open to that it would be quite a coup for the Jets to lock in a proven player of that caliber at a key position of need.
It would provide great insurance at offensive tackle, regardless of the status of their starting lineup. Although it is even more important obviously with the recent rash of injury news.
However, that offer from the Jets may get a lot more tantalizing with this Becton and McDermott injury news. That could feature a clear path to playing time which is something that would entice Brown.
Throughout his entire career, he has been a starter. Brown has 203 games to his name and has never served in a backup role.
These recent injuries just underscores the importance of trench play. Both Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas have said repeatedly this offseason that you can never have enough good offensive linemen.