The Jets have had some glaring issues out of the gate so far this season, but one of the big positives that has broken through all those problems is Mekhi Becton, the 6-foot-7, 364 pound offensive lineman the team took with the No. 11 overall pick in 2020's draft.
Among the many people who have taken notice is Frank Gore, the future Hall of Fame running back who joined the Jets this offseason and has already gotten a few reps running behind Becton this season.
"He's a beast man," Gore said. "When I first saw him out there at training camp, I knew he was different. It's like it didn't phase him. ...When I saw him at camp right away I knew this kid could be special, as long as he just keeps on working."
Gore, who's been in the league since 2005 and is the oldest active running back in the league, said that Becton plays like an old school lineman.
"[On a reverse play] he dumped a dude and then he went at him again, that's old school football man," Gore said. "He doesn't care who you is, he's going to try and finish you. ...He let 'em know 'hey I'm here' and that's the difference."
Becton's play has even reminded Gore of a former teammate of his, dating back all the way to his second and third seasons with the 49ers.
"[He's] a Larry Allen type guy," Gore said. "We ran one play and he told me 'come back again.' I remember when I played with Larry Allen he used to look to the sidelines and tell me 'bring that play back over here again.'"
Allen was a seven-time All-Pro, an 11-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team after 13 years in the league.
If Becton comes anywhere close to that, the Jets better make sure they hang on to him for a long time.