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Mekhi Becton’s injury forces Jets to reshuffle offensive line

As left tackle Mekhi Becton requests a second opinion on his knee, which could lead to surgery that would prevent him from coming out for longer than the initial 6-8 week deadline, the Jets’ reshuffle on the offensive line has begun. .

George Fant, who started on the right tackle in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers, is expected to pass to the left in Becton’s absence. After being the Jets’ starting right tackle last season, Fant entered training camp and had to beat Morgan Moses for the starting position after the organization signed the 6-foot-6 tackle for a one year contract and $ 3.6 million at the end of June. Moses will now fit on the right.

While Fant and Moses didn’t have the usual ultra-competitive battle for a starting spot, the two have developed an even stronger relationship.

“I think the part that made him so cool, we worked a lot together [in] previous offseason, ”said Fant, who started 14 games in his first season with the Jets after signing a three-year, $ 30 million contract in April 2020.“ Dude, I learned a lot from him. Another thing that made it cool was that it wasn’t one of those competitions where we didn’t talk to each other. All the time we were practicing, like, ‘What did you see here? What have you seen here?'”

George Fant and Morgan Moses will be called in to help the Jets fill the void in Mekhi Becton.
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While the loss of Becton is a blow to the squad and the 22-year-old’s development, Fant and Moses are two veterans that head coach Robert Saleh seems to feel comfortable putting in. Fant, however, acknowledged that it would be difficult to switch from right tackle to left tackle – specifically mentioning his lack of awareness of hand placement.

The offensive line’s struggles were glaring in Week 1, as rookie quarterback Zach Wilson was sacked six times. It was about an area general manager, Joe Douglas, who was looking to improve himself, although it seems nothing has changed.

“I think the most important thing is that, you know, we’ve got this fixed,” Moses said. “We watch the film, we know the corrections we need to make and we all have to agree. I think the most important thing is knowing that you have a young quarterback, you want to keep him standing, you want to keep him from being on the ground because at the end of the day, as much as a person wants say that’s not the case. affect them, it affects them.

WR Jamison Crowder has one more day to go to clear the COVID-19 list. … WR Keelan Cole (knee) returned to the field on Wednesday as a limited participant. … The hope is that LB Jamien Sherwood (ankle) will be ready to go next week.

With safety Lamarcus Joyner likely out for the season with an elbow injury he sustained in Sunday’s loss, Saleh said Sheldrick Redwine, Adrian Colbert and Jarrod Wilson, who was recalled from the squad training, will be considered as substitutes.


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