Robert Saleh calls out Mekhi Becton critics after confirming injury news


Mekhi Becton is likely done for the season after suffering an avulsion fracture in his right knee, meaning a second straight lost season is coming for the former 11th overall pick.

For Becton, who wore the criticisms and doubts from fans and skeptics on a T-shirt during a press conference at Jets minicamp, he will likely hear more of that noise from those who claim that he wasn’t in shape, overweight, or just injury prone and can never be an impact lineman in the NFL.

Robert Saleh called out those critics on Tuesday when confirming Becton’s injury news.

“These are young men, and I think sometimes with social media in this world, we dehumanize these athletes in the worst way imaginable,” Saleh said. “Mekhi has walked in this building and taken every single punch you can get from every which way, and he shows up and works his tail off and grinds every single day. He shows up to camp and he’s fighting to get himself back I shape. He’s got videos of him vomiting and people are throwing shade. He’s limping…he’s fighting for his families, for himself, for his teammates, for this organization, for this fanbase, he’s doing everything. And then everyone wants to drop him like a wet rag. That ain’t the case.”

Becton’s future is certainly in doubt, as he will have appeared in just one game over the last two seasons when he begins preparing for next season, but Saleh isn’t writing off Becton, and doesn’t believe anyone else should.

“We love Mekhi,” Saleh said. “We appreciate everything he's done. His ride is not over. His story is not over. He’s got full support of this organization. If you’re a fan that wants to support him, you’re more than welcome, if not, just keep it moving.

“Lot of respect for him. Really excited for him to come back even stronger and give himself a chance to show why he was a first-round pick.”

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