The Jets have two big building blocks in the trenches, but Mekhi Becton and Quinnen Williams still have some work left to do to earn the respect of the NFL.
Becton, the rookie left tackle, and Williams, the second-year defensive tackle, were left off the AFC Pro Bowl roster that was announced Monday night as the Jets were left out completely. The game won’t actually be played because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Becton and Williams figured to have the Jets’ best shot to be honored
Instead, the Jets will not have any Pro Bowlers for the first time since 2017.
Becton, the No. 11-overall pick in April, had won the fan vote for AFC offensive tackles, but it only accounted for one-third of the vote, along with coaches and players. Laremy Tunsil, Eric Fisher and Orlando Brown were named the AFC’s three Pro Bowl tackles.
The 6-foot-7, 364-pound Becton was key to the Jets’ first win of the season Sunday as part of an offensive line that held Aaron Donald and a dangerous Rams defensive line in check.
“Mekhi was doing what he’s been doing for the majority of the year,” coach Adam Gase said Monday. “He did a good job moving the line of scrimmage. Obviously when we run to the left, he tries to punch a hole there and gives our guys some breathing room.”
Williams, who was beat out by defensive tackles Chris Jones, Cameron Heyward and Calais Campbell, made a huge impact as well and recorded his seventh sack of the season before leaving the Jets’ victory over the Rams in the third quarter with a concussion.
“Quinnen was all over the place,” Gase said. “He’s played well this year. I really love seeing how quick off the ball he was [Sunday] and plays he made in the backfield, the disruption that he was causing throughout the game, it was great to see that.”
Williams, who was spotted by TV cameras appearing to spit up on his way to the locker room Sunday, remained in the concussion protocol Monday.
“We’re a little bit at the mercy of [the protocol],” Gase said. “It’s all about getting the player healthy.”
Arthur Maulet moved from cornerback to free safety Sunday and played all 59 defensive snaps. Gase said he likely will stay there because of how much safety Matthias Farley does on special teams.
“We thought it was better to kind of move Marcus [Maye] down [in the box], put Arthur back there,” Gase said. “I thought about Art did a great job [Sunday].”
Gase said he expected RB La’Mical Perine (ankle) to get a full week of practice, which could then allow him to be activated off injured reserve. … LB Harvey Langi was still being evaluated for a neck injury.