Robert Saleh Provides Update on Mekhi Becton Jets Camp Injury

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Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh grimacing on the sideline of an NFL game.

During Monday’s practice on August 8, New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton went down in a heap.

According to multiple reports, the injury appeared serious as Becton was helped off of the field by a group of trainers.

After practice concluded, Gang Green head coach Robert Saleh stepped to the podium and seemed to provide some optimism on the situation.

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Some Good News

Despite what appeared to be another gruesome injury to the surgically repaired knee of Becton on Monday, Saleh had some encouraging updates after practice:

“He is being evaluated and the only thing I got is that [the knee] is stable. Everything seems fine preliminarily, obviously, we are just going to get it checked for precautionary reasons. As of now, it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal. Knock on wood hopefully that stays the case.”

At the end of his presser, Saleh was asked one final question by Connor Hughes of SNY comparing last year’s Becton injury to this one. Hughes said that it seemed like the initial reports were good then their big man never played another snap in 2021, is this time different?

“I think it’s different because we knew what it was and we knew there were no tears or anything. It wasn’t where it was going to need surgery, I think we are … (stops himself), again you guys know me I’m an optimistic Oliver, but I think he’s going to be fine.”

Now What?

Even if Becton is okay, what does that mean for the Jets’ offensive tackle depth?

Saleh did provide an injury update on Conor McDermott. The reserve big man suffered an ankle injury during the team’s annual green-and-white scrimmage and it didn’t look good.

Although the injury wasn’t as bad as it appears with Saleh saying McDermott suffered a “low ankle sprain” but will only miss a “week or two.”

However, McDermott didn’t exactly light the world on fire when he was called upon during practice. One person that was there watching camp described him to me as a “turnstile” with how often he was getting beat by the Jets defensive line.

Although despite the jokes and what seems to be a lack of depth in the trenches, Saleh defended the group vehemently at his press conference.

“We do really like our backup situation. I know McDermott is hurt but he will be back. He started games for us and Chuma Edoga has started games for us. We do have faith in our backup offensive linemen. Any time you get hurt you test your depth and it does become scary waters. At the same time that is why we put in so much work and do our best to prepare these guys to take those spots.”

Hughes suggested that the Becton injury, whether serious or not, seems to underscore a need for the Jets to go pursue a proven offensive tackle.

Saleh shut that down saying he has a belief in his guys and that a guy like Duane Brown would be nice but referenced him as a luxury with how good he is.

While the coach is optimistic about Becton we’ll have to wait and see what the additional testing reveals. Although right now we have a very encouraging update on a forgettable day at practice for the Jets.

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