3. Mekhi Becton
The Jets played musical chairs along the offensive line in 2023. It was staggering the amount of injuries they sustained. New York trotted out 13 different offensive line combinations. It's hard to keep stability and continuity with all those injuries.
Heading into 2023, Mekhi Becton knew this was a massive campaign for him. Becton missed both the 2021 and 2022 seasons due to knee injuries. The Louisville product fought his way back onto the field and played in a career-high 16 games.
Unluckily for him, his health wasn't the problem in 2023. The Jets decided not to pick up his fifth-year option and Becton will become an unrestricted free agent in March. Becton had a chance to cement himself as a cornerstone piece upfront but that didn't happen.
The 2020 first-round pick finished second in the NFL in pressures allowed (18) and tied for first in sacks allowed (12). He even had difficulty in run-blocking which should have been a strength for him.
Additionally, flags were a big problem for Becton. He logged eight false start penalties and three holding penalties.
The 24-year-old has trouble with speed rushers due to him struggling to get out his set quickly enough. That is a problem that hindered New York's offense all year long.
Becton's play in 2023 may have also limited his chances to come back to New York in 2024.
ESPN's Rich Cimini said, "I do not foresee Mekhi Becton going back to the Jets in any form next year. They are not going to tag him, I can tell you that much and I’d be really surprised if they signed him unless it was a one-year prove-it deal."
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