August 3, 2021

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Jets love what they are seeing in Mekhi Becton

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Jets love what they are seeing in Mekhi Becton

Jets first-round pick Mekhi Becton is already impressing his coaches.

Jets coach Adam Gase was asked Sunday if Becton looks confused at all as he starts his NFL career. The learning curve for rookies can be a steep one.

“No, not even close. It’s funny, he looks like he’s been doing this for a minute,” Gase said. “It looks very natural for him. I’m like you guys, anytime a rookie gets plugged into that starting offensive line, we all know it’s a lot, and especially going against the defense, our defense every day you’re getting a lot of different looks. He looks comfortable to me. And he’s not making mistakes. I’ve been extremely impressed by how he’s operating as far as his knowledge of football, how he’s retaining things, acquiring the information, recalling it, and then at the same time executing, playing fast. He’s doing a really good job.”

The Jets are hoping Becton can be their starting left tackle for the next decade after drafting him No. 11 overall out of Louisville. At 6-foot-7 and 370 pounds, Becton is an imposing figure on the field. He is also showing he is a quick learner, too.

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WR Breshad Perriman had high praise for QB Sam Darnold after their first few practices together.

“I feel like Sam is great,” Perriman said. “His throwing ability is crazy. I love the way he throws the ball. The touch he has on the ball is unreal. It’s so receiver friendly. Just his personality and the way he’s able to take control of the room and the offense and the team is just crazy. Him being reserved and laid back and still having that authority when it’s time to go out there and let the bullets fly, he can take control of the room very easily. Him as a quarterback, man, it’s a receiver’s dream.”

The Jets signed Perriman as a free agent this offseason.

The Jets will practice in pads for the first time Monday. They will wear shoulder pads and helmets before putting on the full pads later this week. … Second-round pick WR Denzel Mims (hamstring) missed his second straight practice. Gase said there is no timeline for Mims’ return. WR Vyncint Smith missed Sunday’s practice with a core muscle injury that will require a trip to a specialist. Rookie OT Cameron Clark suffered a shoulder injury in Friday’s practice and is “week-to-week” Gase said. Others missing practice Sunday were: CB Pierre Desir (hamstring), rookie DL Jabari Zuniga (quad), CB Brian Poole (dehydration) and DL Bronson Kaufusi (hamstring).

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