The oldest trick in the game book may not work against the youngest Jets player.
Attacking from the left, playing in his first game with a diverse sophisticated appearance, is a strategy of the Jets defensive coordinator, which Greg Williams has used throughout his long career. But the Buffalo Bills would be wise to heed Williams’ warning, based on four weeks of pre-season practices, if they would challenge McKee Becton.
“No matter who you are, you better get ready for a fist fight in a phone booth,” Williams said. “He is a very powerful young man and will only improve with more competitive photos. Sometimes, if you’re a fine type of person, the defenders don̵
It’s hard to imagine a phone cabin large enough to hold the 6-foot 7,336-pound Becton. It’s easier to imagine a first-round pick that holds the pressure on Sam Darnold’s back better than the Jets made against the Bills (four sacks) in Week 1 last season.
“It’s a lot of excitement and a lot of nerves because this is my first game in the NFL,” Becton said. “I spent a whole week having fun planning games against someone else. I just have to remember my technique and tasks. “
The 21-year-old Bekton is one of four new starters in the offensive line. One of the others, Greg Van Rothen, made his first career start as a third-year professional in 2016.
“I remember butterflies in my stomach, but good energy,” Van Rothen said. “The first drive is fast and things fly around and you hang out there and do your job.
“If I were to give him some advice, it would be, ‘You can do this.’ It will start to slow down for you. You just have to keep your head above the water. That’s all you can say to a rookie, because he has to experience it first hand. “
Bacton expects stunts and other forms of deception, creating confusion from the Bills, instead of getting involved in a 1-on-one battle against Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison or Trent Murphy.
“It’s part of football, so I’m pretty sure it’s coming,” Becton said. “I look forward to whatever they throw at me.”
Becton’s size offers intimidation, but his approach deserves respect.
“I have never seen anyone like that [big] personally, ”said Le’Veon Bell. “To see him work every day, he is a person who understands football. He is not a person who is just trying to lean on you or use his weight. He has good legs, good eye-hand coordination and is a smart player. If he makes a mistake, he gets upset about it – and that’s what you want. “
Nicknamed “Big Ticket”, Becton will debut at a stadium without fans. This could remove a major challenge faced by offensive ambulances in road games – silent counting communication when an angry crowd gathers before clicking down – despite the artificial noise of 70 decibels.
“We will go normally and if we have to keep quiet, we will keep quiet,” Van Rothen said. “I don’t know where this reading came from, because you can adjust it to a certain volume in the cab and the field is much louder. You heard [Thursday] night at the Kansas City game: It sounded much louder than 70 decibels. But it won’t surprise us if we have to. “
Bekton’s teammates are not surprised to see him knock someone down in practice. It’s time to show the rest of the league.
“They didn’t really know who I was coming in here, so I had to show everyone who I was,” Becton said. “I had to keep playing with this chip on my shoulder and it will stay on my shoulder. I played physically and made sure I finished the person in front of me in every game. Staying with this motto since I’ve been here. “