Joe Douglas has his work cut out for him with Mekhi Becton likely out for entire 2022 season. He lost his big offensive tackle during the team period of practice yesterday and is now looking at Chuma Edoga as his starter.
There is legitimate fear Mekhi Becton's 2022 season could be over, I'm told. #Jets
— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) August 9, 2022
The expectation is that the Jets will pursue veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown who would be an excellent fallback option.
GM Joe Douglas, on @WFANmornings, says Duane Brown is in “phenomenal shape” and “the wheels are in motion.” Translation: #Jets remain very interested. Douglas acknowledges Becton injury more concerning than initially anticipated.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 9, 2022
However, that doesn’t solve the Jets’ problem. As it stands, the team doesn’t have a long-term starter at either tackle spot. George Fant is due to hit free agency and Becton can no longer be viewed as part of the team’s future.
With this being the case, Douglas should explore the possibility of adding tackle Teven Jenkins. Jenkins has fallen out of favor in Chicago where the Bears drafted him in the second round (39th overall) last season.
While there are reportedly some concerns about his maturity, there shouldn’t be much concern with Jenkins’ talent. Given what is expected to be weak tackle class, adding a player like Jenkins and potentially extending George Fant would give the Jets their starting tackles for the next few seasons.