How should the Jets tackle this?

How are the Jets going to handle this situation?

A big question now is – “Who’s going to start at the two offensive tackle spots?”

Will Mekhi Becton play left or right tackle?

“(The) best five are on the field,” said Jets coach Robert Saleh.

Becton tweeted in early May: “I. AM. A. LEFT. TACKLE!!!”

He eventually took the tweet down.

But will Becton’s public lobbying help him land the left tackle job?

“I think Duane Brown has something to say about it,” Saleh said recently about Becton’s desire to play left tackle.

Brown, a veteran tackle, who had stints in Houston and Seattle, before landing with the Jets last summer, entered the league in 2008, and has been a left tackle essentially his entire NFL career. Now 37, it’s hard to see him moving to the right tackle after 215 starts on the left side.

Saleh said the team intends on having a competition at the tackle spots in the spring and summer, and at some point before the season, decide which combination works best for them. Also in the offensive tackle room are Max Mitchell, Billy Turner, Carter Warren, Greg Senat and Yodny Cajuste.

“The good thing is we have a lot of really good tackles right now that are competing to be one of the two tackles that are on the football field,” Saleh said. “So, it’ll be a good, healthy competition and those who attack it with the right mindset will end up reaping the benefits.”


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