Jul 31, 2021; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (77) runs during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets T Mekhi Becton (knee) likely out for 2022 season

The knee injury sustained in practice by New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton likely will keep him out for the entire 2022 season, coach Robert Saleh confirmed Tuesday.

He was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture of the right kneecap, NFL Network reported. Saleh said Becton will get a second opinion on Wednesday.

On Monday, Saleh said a preliminary exam showed that Becton’s knee was stable and “doesn’t seem like a big deal.” Tests run on the knee of the 2020 first-round draft pick proved otherwise, though.

The 6-foot-7, 363-pound Becton, 23, was activated from the physically unable to perform list when the Jets opened training camp last month in Florham Park, N.J.

He sustained a dislocated right kneecap and MCL sprain in Week 1 of 2021 and missed the rest of the season.

Saleh said Becton had worked hard to return from last season’s injury and that he expects he’ll come back to camp next summer, recovered and ready to prove why the Jets selected him No. 11 overall.

“We love Mekhi. We appreciate everything he’s done,” Saleh said. “His ride is not over. His story is not over. He’s got (the) full support of this organization.”

As a rookie, Becton started 13 of 14 games at left tackle. The Jets were moving him to right tackle for this season, with George Fant on the left side.

The Jets will host the Baltimore Ravens to open the season on Sept. 11.

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Mekhi Becton signs autographs and takes photos with fans after practice. Jet Fan Fest took place at the 2022 New York Jets Training Camp in Florham Park, NJ on July 30, 2022.

Jet Fan Fest Took Place At The 2022 New York Jets Training Camp In Florham Park Nj On July 30 2022

Report: Jets OL Mekhi Becton leaves practice early

New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton limped off the practice field Monday with an apparent knee injury, ESPN reported.

The 2020 first-round draft pick had his right knee surgically repaired after suffering a dislocated kneecap and MCL sprain in the 2021 season opener. He missed the rest of the season.

Becton, 23, was activated from the physically unable to perform list when the Jets opened training camp last month in Florham Park, N.J.

The Jets selected Becton No. 11 overall in 2020 and he went on to start 13 of 14 games at left tackle in his rookie season. He is moving to right tackle this season, with George Fant on the left side.

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Dec 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Chris Herndon (89) and Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Joe Schobert (93) and cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) in action at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: TE Chris Herndon expected to sign with Saints

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign free-agent tight end Chris Herndon, multiple reports said Tuesday.

Herndon, 26, played in 16 games (five starts) for the Minnesota Vikings last season, catching four passes for 40 yards and one touchdown.

He played in 33 games (25 starts) for the New York Jets over the previous three seasons, with 71 receptions for 796 yards and seven TDs.

A fourth-round pick by the Jets out of Miami (Fla.) in 2018, Herndon is coming off a four-year contract worth approximately $3.2 million.

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Nov 7, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (5) after their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Report: LB Kwon Alexander signing with Jets

Linebacker Kwon Alexander is signing a one-year contract with the New York Jets, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Alexander, who has familiarity with Jets head coach Robert Saleh from their respective time with the San Francisco 49ers. Saleh was Alexander’s defensive coordinator with the 49ers in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Alexander, who will turn 28 on Wednesday, recorded 50 tackles, a career-high 3.5 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 12 games (eight starts) last season with the New Orleans Saints.

He has 521 tackles, 12 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and eight interceptions in 78 career games (74 starts) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 49ers and Saints. He was selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in 2017.

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Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton during the opening day of the 2022 New York Jets Training Camp in Florham Park, NJ on July 27, 2022.

Opening Of The 2022 New York Jets Training Camp In Florham Park Nj On July 27 2022

Jets move Mekhi Becton to RT

The New York Jets officially moved Mekhi Becton to right tackle on Wednesday, opting to keep George Fant at left tackle — the position he took over in 2021 after Becton was injured.

Becton, 23, sustained a dislocated right kneecap and MCL sprain in Week 1 of the 2021 season. He struggled to recover and it ultimately ended his season. In stepped Fant, who played well on the blind side.

“George feels much more comfortable on the left side,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday. “He’s got the athleticism to play the left side, as does Becton. It was just a better combination.”

The Jets selected Becton No. 11 overall in the 2020 draft and he went on to start 13 of 14 games at left tackle in his rookie season.

“Whether it’s left or right, I don’t really care as long as I’m on the field,” Becton said.

The Jets activated Becton from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday as they opened camp in Florham Park, N.J.

Becton reportedly ballooned to nearly 400 pounds while injured. But the Jets listed him at 363 pounds in a news release Tuesday and he looked noticeably trimmer on Wednesday.

“I’m not going to get too much into the weight, but he got himself into football shape,” Saleh said. “He’s a gifted athlete, a gifted man. I’m really excited about the direction he’s going.”

The Jets signed the 30-year-old Fant to a three-year, $27.3 million contract in April 2020.

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Aug 14, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (77) laughs during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets activate OT Mekhi Becton, DE Carl Lawson, TE C.J. Uzomah

The New York Jets activated tackle Mekhi Becton, defensive end Carl Lawson and tight end C.J. Uzomah from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday as they opened camp in Florham Park, N.J.

The trio had been placed on the PUP list last week, but Tuesday’s move signals they are ready to go at the start of camp.

Becton sustained a dislocated right kneecap and MCL sprain in Week 1 of the 2021 season. He struggled to recover and it ultimately ended his season.

The 11th pick of the 2021 draft reportedly ballooned to nearly 400 pounds while injured. But the Jets listed him at 363 pounds in a news release Tuesday and NFL Network reported that the team was pleased with his fitness when he reported to camp.

Becton, 23, was the Jets’ starting left tackle before his injury and could return to the role this season.

Lawson, 27, signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Jets before the 2021 season but has yet to play a snap for them after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon during joint practices with the Green Bay Packers in August 2021.

Before that setback, Lawson tallied 20 sacks in his first four NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2017-20).

Uzomah, 29, went to the Super Bowl with the Bengals last season but was playing hurt after he sustained an MCL sprain during the AFC Championship Game. Uzomah signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Jets in free agency.

Offensive tackle George Fant (knee) remains on the PUP list, and running back Tevin Coleman was placed on the active/non-football injury list.

The Jets also signed quarterback Chris Streveler, wide receiver/returner Rashard Davis and offensive lineman Isaiah Williams. They also released receiver DJ Montgomery, cornerback Craig James and offensive lineman Dru Samia on Tuesday.

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Jan 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Going Camping: New York Jets

Owners of the longest active postseason drought in the league, the New York Jets are trying to find their way back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010-11.

The front office was aggressive, picking four presumptive starters during the first 36 picks of the draft, and the offense appears upgraded at every key position as quarterback Zach Wilson and coach Robert Saleh enter their second year together.

Training camp location: Florham Park, N.J.
Atlantic Health Jets Training Center
Rookie report date: July 19
Veteran report date: July 26

Key Acquisitions: S Jordan Whitehead, TE C.J. Uzomah, OG Laken Tomlinson, TE Tyler Conklin, K Greg Zuerlein, CB D.J. Reed, DE Jacob Martin
Key Losses: K Matt Ammendola, OG Greg Van Roten, OT Isaiah Williams, TE Ryan Griffin, WR Jamison Crowder, DE Shaq Lawson, OT Morgan Moses, DE Folorunso Fatukasi

Improving the secondary was among the top priorities for general manager Joe Douglas, and the Jets were able to do just that ahead of the 2022 season.
New York signed safety Jordan Whitehead and cornerback D.J. Reed, while also re-signing safety Lamarcus Joyner. The Jets also used the fourth-overall pick to select cornerback Ahmad Gardner to pair with Reed.

After losing defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Folorunso Fatukasi, New York had to address its pass rush, and did so by signing Jacob Martin and drafting Jermaine Johnson II late in the first round.

Quarterback Zach Wilson did lose a slot threat in Jamison Crowder, but now has tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin in his arsenal. Former Ohio State wideout Garrett Wilson was also drafted in the first round, and Wilson can also lean more on the run game with second-round pick Breece Hall in the Jets' backfield.

Offensive guard Laken Tomlinson will be tasked with helping to protect Wilson on an offensive line that lost tackles Morgan Moses and Isaiah Williams and guard Greg Van Roten.

Kicker Matt Ammendola was released, and now Greg Zuerlein is likely to be the starter unless Eddy Pineiro can steal the job from him.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:

Ravens at Jets, 1 p.m. ET
Line: Ravens -6 (FanDuel)
Total: 45 points

The Jets’ defense will have their hands full against a frustrated Baltimore Ravens team that finished an injury-riddled season 8-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time of the Lamar Jackson era.

–WILSON TO WILSON

Tenth overall pick Garrett Wilson shone in a stacked Ohio State receiving corps, hauling in 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Zach Wilson ought to help him hit the over of 749.5 receiving yards (-115 at DraftKings). The rookie’s speed and athleticism will translate nicely to the NFL and he won’t draw much double-coverage playing with Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin.

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Feb 8, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals helmet is seen with the Super Bowl LVI numerals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals unveil white alternate helmet

The Cincinnati Bengals revealed an alternate white helmet with black tiger stripes on Friday.

The defending AFC champions teased a new look earlier this month, provided they receive 10,000 likes from their fans on Twitter.

On Friday, the Bengals honored their word with a 10-second video.

The Bengals did not announce the games in which they will wear their alternate helmets.

The New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and New York Jets are among the other teams that have revealed new alternate helmets during this offseason. The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back their white helmets as well.

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Sep 12, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Greg Van Roten (62) comes off the field in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jets release G Greg Van Roten, clear $3.5M in cap space

The New York Jets released veteran guard Greg Van Roten on Friday, clearing $3.5 million in cap space.

The move came one day after the Jets claimed guard Nate Herbig off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Van Roten, 32, started 23 of his 30 games in two seasons with New York.

He has played 77 games (50 starts) with the Green Bay Packers (2012-13), Carolina Panthers (2017-19) and Jets. He also played two seasons in the Canadian Football League.

Herbig, 23, appeared in 33 games with 17 starts over the past three seasons with the Eagles.

The Jets’ projected starters at guard are 2021 first-round pick Alijah Vera-Tucker on the right side and free-agent acquisition Laken Tomlinson on the left.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

RB Bilal Powell signs 1-day contract with Jets, retires

Running back Bilal Powell announced his retirement from the NFL after signing a one-day contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday.

Powell, 33, spent nine seasons as a member of the Jets. He last played an NFL game on Dec. 29, 2019.

“Man, it’s going to take me all the way back to the time when there were people who probably didn’t believe in me,” Powell said. “You don’t think about the future at that time. Now, you think about all the moments, the memories. You miss certain things about it, right? And to know that this chapter of my life is closure for me and to understand I’m a Jet for life, I don’t think too many guys can say that they came through and played this game.”

Powell rushed for 3,675 yards and 15 touchdowns and had 211 catches for 1,600 yards and five scores in 109 career games (38 starts) with New York. He was selected by the Jets in the fourth round out of Louisville in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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