Mekhi Becton doesn’t care if he plays left or right tackle as long as he’s a starter

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Jets coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Wednesday that George Fant will begin training camp as the team’s starting left tackle. It wasn’t the most surprising announcement after Fant was seen lining up at left tackle to open practice, but it does leave Mekhi Becton searching for a new spot.

Becton was expected to be the team’s stud left tackle for years after he was taken in Round 1, but it looks like he’ll now compete at right tackle. He had a great response to Saleh’s decision, saying he doesn’t care where he plays as long as he earns a starting spot.

“I’m not too much focused on that, I’m just trying to get on the field and play a full season. That’s really my mindset. Whether it’s right or left, I don’t really care as long as I’m on the five, on the field.”

Becton played just one game last season due to injury, but he’s off to a good start this summer. He’s on the active roster and practicing, hopefully turning in a full season in 2022.

And even though Becton is working at right tackle, his days as a left tackle aren’t over, according to Saleh. So there’s still time for him to earn back his spot as the starting left tackle.