Jets head coach Robert Saleh spoke to the media this week and was asked about recent comments made by offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, more or less blaming the coaching staff for the knee injury he suffered in training camp that forced him to Paid for the entire season.
“I didn’t mean to be tackled right,” Becton told Newsday (h/t Brian Costello, New York Post). “I hurt my right knee. It must have been the knee I put the most stress on. I explained, but no one cared.
He said, “I was forced to play a position I don’t play, and then I was almost telling them that I wasn’t feeling well the whole camp, and I was told to complain.” Shouldn’t,” he said. “Go out there and do it. I was limping the whole practice, and I just took one step and my knee twisted and I hurt it again and had to have reconstructive surgery.”
In response, Saleh took the high road and didn’t throw any negativity toward Becton.
“I’m not going to get into the negatives of all this,” Saleh said. “It’s not about finger-pointing. Though that’s what I’ve been focusing on over the past six months, Mekhi has done an incredible job getting her weight down to where it’s a healthy weight and sustainable. He’s been available throughout, he’s been prompt and very diligent about meetings. I think he’s probably in the best shape of his life. He’s got a smile on his face and he’s attacking it. That’s what’s most important .
Saleh said, “Whatever happened in the past, happened in the past.” “It’s not about pointing fingers, it’s just about moving forward. If he keeps progressing this off-season the way he has and keeps attacking the way he If he does, it’s excited to see what he does with this fourth year.
Saleh also said that Becton’s comments would not change his plan to play a best five offensive linemen. Becton would compete for the right tackle spot, despite his belief that he should be left tackle. Duane Brown is set at left tackle. Becton will be in the mix alongside Max Mitchell and Billy Turner.