Attacking a left tackle in his first game with various intricate looks is a tactic the Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has used during his long career. But Buffalo Bills would be wise according to Williams’ warning, based on four-week presidency practices, if they are going to challenge Mekhi Becton.
“No matter who you are, you better get ready for a fist fight in a phone booth,” Williams said. “He’s a very powerful young man, and he’s only going to get better through more competitive snaps. Sometimes if you’re a cunning type of guy, the defensive guys don’t care about you. He’s a ruler, So our defensive people like and respect him very much. ”
It is difficult to enlarge the phone booth to include a 6-foot-7, 363-pound bacton. It is easier for the Bills (four sacks) than the Jets in the last season of the last 1 week to pick up a first-round draft pick while keeping the pressure on Sam Darnold’s back.
“It’s a lot of excitement and a lot of nerves because it’s my first NFL game,” Becton said. “I’m having fun all week at the end of the game-plan against someone else. I just have to remember my technique and my work.”
The 21-year-old Becton is one of four new starters on the offensive line. One of the others, Greg Van Rotten, made his first career start as a third-year pro in 2016.
“I miss the butterflies in my stomach, but have a good energy,” Van Rotten said. “The first drive is fast, and things are flying around and you are hanging there and doing your work.
“If I was going to give him an advice, it would be, ‘You can do this. It’s going to start slowing down for you. You just have to keep your head on top of the water.’ That’s all you could tell a cheater. Because he has to experience it firsthand. ”
Instead of locking up Becton in a 1-on-1 fight against Jerry Hughes, Mario Edison or Trent Murphy, Biles expects stunts and other forms of illusionary trickery.
“It’s part of football, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to come,” Becton said. “I am looking forward to whatever they throw at me.”
Becton’s size is intimidating, but his approach earns respect.
“I’ve never seen anyone like this [big] In person, “said Le’Vonne Bell.” To see him working every day, he’s a man who understands football. He’s not a man who just wants to keep leaning on you or using his weight. Trying. He’s got good feet, good hand-eye coordination and he’s a good player. If he makes a mistake, he gets upset about it – and that’s what you want. ”
Nicknamed “Big Ticket,” Becton would be the first film at a fan-less stadium. This can overcome a major challenge when offensive linemen face off-the-road games – silent-calculated communication when a hoarse crowd is amped before the third-down snap – despite artificial noise at 70 decibels .
“We’re going normal, and if we have to be quiet, we’ll be quiet,” Van Rotten said. “I don’t know where that reading is from because you can set it up to the booth a certain amount and the area it’s loud in. You heard [Thursday] Night in Kansas City game: It used to sound louder than 70 decibels. But it will not surprise us if we have to do it.
Becton’s teammates were not surprised to see him knocking someone down in practice. Time to show the rest of the league.
“They didn’t really know who I am coming here, so I have to show everyone who I am,” Becton said. “I have to play with that chip on my shoulder and it’s gonna stay on my shoulder. I am playing physical and making sure that I eliminate the person in front of me in every play. Live with that motto since i came here