Running back Frank Gore has seen a lot of football players over the years, but one of his new teammates with the Jets always stands out.
First-round pick Mekhi Becton is listed at 6’7 ″ and 363 pounds, making him almost a foot taller and 150 pounds heavier than the veteran tailback. Gore said Becton was “different” after seeing him during the team’s first padded practice and members of the defense also noticed.
Linebacker Blake Cashman said the first thing he noticed was Becton’s height and the rookie continued to impress in other ways.
“I had to take it one-on-one, and let’s just say it didn’t go very well for me,” Cashman said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “Today in training, first day in pads, he made himself known and what he is capable of doing. He’s a great player, someone who will play in this league for a long time. He has so much more potential to develop.
Jets head coach Adam Gase said it’s rare to see a Becton player’s size move the way he does and said Becton “had to study this summer to come here and perform the way. which he performed ‘in practice. For a team that struggled all last year on the offensive line, Becton’s early efforts offer encouraging signs that things can be better this time around.