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New York Jets offensive lineman Mekhi Becton showed up to his press conference Wednesday wearing a “Big Bust” t-shirt amid questions about his weight and fitness.
Becton is set to enter his third NFL season after New York made him the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He missed all but one Jets game in 2021 due to a knee injury.
His weight became a talking point during the first two seasons of his career. While rumors spread that he hit 400lbs last year, Becton is listed on the team’s website as weighing 363lbs.
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The 23-year-old didn’t reveal his vital signs but said he was “satisfied” with his weight, according to NFL.com.
“I don’t understand why,” Becton said when asked why people wrote him off. “It’s okay, though. I’ll make them swallow their words.”
Jets coach Robert Saleh said someone like Becton, who is also 6-foot-7, has a harder time recovering from injuries because of his height.
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“A guy his size has to work a little harder than most,” Saleh said, via the New York Post. “His weight will fluctuate incredibly over the course of three days. It’s fascinating. He’s capable. He’s got the right mindset. He just has to put it all back together.”
Saleh also hailed the talent of the young lineman.
“We are all aware of the talent he has, his size, his athleticism, his physique, all of that and he is really smart,” he added. “[It helps] having him on the offensive line to move people out of place so the running back has lanes and the quarterback can sit in the pocket and buy a hitch. So yes, it is important. If he takes care of business like we know he can be transcendent.”
Becton added that he has a lot to prove this season.
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“(To) come in better than what you did rookie year and then just get hurt and be out all season is a lot,” he said. “It’s a lot to deal with, but I’m definitely coming back with that chip on my shoulder.”