December 1, 2022


Let's Get It!

Jets’ Mekhi Becton relishes battles with teammate Carl Lawson

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Mekhi Becton smiled, relishing the opportunity that will come his way on Monday, when the Jets will be practicing in pads for the first time.

“I’m really looking forward to it for sure,” he said Saturday.

His excitement wasn’t just about getting the pads on and hitting for real. It should make it easier for the massive 6-foot-7, 363-pound left tackle to block new defensive end Carl Lawson, who has given Becton problems early in training camp with his speed and assortment of moves. But Becton hasn’t let it bother him.

“Iron sharpens iron,” he said. “He gets me better and I’m getting him better. … It helps me a whole lot. I can get my losses out of the way right now. But when it’s time for game time, I’ll be ready for sure.”

Mekhi Becton
Mekhi Becton
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Becton was the Jets’ first-round pick a year ago, and they envision him as the offensive line’s backbone for years to come. He said he believes going against the kind of speed rusher he will see once the regular season begins can only make him better. He and Lawson are trying to help each other, according to the second-year offensive lineman.

They frequently talk to one another after plays, offering tips and suggestions, whether Lawson has beat Becton or Becton has stopped him from getting to the quarterback.
“After every play, I always ask him a question: ‘What I can change there?’ And he asks me: ‘What can I change there?’ ” Becton said.

Blocking the sculpted 6-2, 265-pound Lawson is challenging for Becton. He’s small yet powerful, and has a playbook full of moves he can go to. Last year with the Bengals, Lawson had 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 32 quarterback hits, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. His 64 quarterback pressures were fourth in the NFL, according to PFF.

“He’s slippery. He’s got a lot of power and speed to him,” Becton said. “He has this power spin that’s really tough. He’s a great rusher — he’s a really great rusher.”

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