Mekhi Becton Rips Jets For Handling His Injury, Blames Them For Him Having Reconstructive Knee Surgery

New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton ripped the New York Jets and blamed them for him getting injured and being forced to have reconstructive knee surgery, an injury that ended his season.

“I got forced to play a position I don’t play, and then I was pretty much telling them I wasn’t feeling good the whole time throughout camp, and I was told I shouldn’t be complaining,” he said to Newsday‘s Bob Glauber. “Go out there and do it. I was limping throughout the whole practice, and I just took a step and my knee buckled and I got hurt again and had to get reconstructive surgery.”

Becton also said “it made no sense” to put him at right tackle given the injury.

“I hurt my right knee,” he said. “That’s going to be the knee that I put the most pressure on (while backpedaling in pass protection). I explained it [to the coaches], but no one cared.”

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Becton missed all but one game in 2021 because of a knee injury. Heading into the 2022 campaign, the Jets signaled they were moving him to the right side of the line in favor of George Fant.

New York declined Becton’s fifth-year option, which would’ve paid him $13.6 million in 2024. It wasn’t a surprising move given how little he has played over the past two seasons.