Mekhi Becton smiled, relishing the chance that can come his approach on Monday, when the Jets might be practising in pads for the primary time.
“I’m actually trying ahead to it for certain,” he stated Saturday.
His pleasure wasn’t nearly getting the pads on and hitting for actual. It ought to make it simpler for the huge 6-foot-7, 363-pound left sort out to dam new defensive finish Carl Lawson, who has given Becton issues early in coaching camp along with his velocity and assortment of strikes. However Becton hasn’t let it trouble him.
“Iron sharpens iron,” he stated. “He will get me higher and I’m getting him higher. … It helps me an entire lot. I can get my losses out of the best way proper now. However when it’s time for sport time, I’ll be prepared for certain.”
Becton was the Jets’ first-round choose a 12 months in the past, and so they envision him because the offensive line’s spine for years to come back. He stated he believes going towards the sort of velocity rusher he’ll see as soon as the common season begins can solely make him higher. He and Lawson are attempting to assist one another, in keeping with the second-year offensive lineman.
They often speak to 1 one other after performs, providing ideas and strategies, whether or not Lawson has beat Becton or Becton has stopped him from attending to the quarterback.
“After each play, I all the time ask him a query: ‘What I can change there?’ And he asks me: ‘What can I modify there?’ ” Becton stated.
Blocking the sculpted 6-2, 265-pound Lawson is difficult for Becton. He’s small but highly effective, and has a playbook stuffed with strikes he can go to. Final 12 months with the Bengals, Lawson had 36 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 32 quarterback hits, 4 tackles for loss and two compelled fumbles. His 64 quarterback pressures have been fourth within the NFL, in keeping with PFF.
“He’s slippery. He’s acquired plenty of energy and velocity to him,” Becton stated. “He has this energy spin that’s actually robust. He’s an excellent rusher — he’s a extremely nice rusher.”