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Eagles Notebook: Freed from Jets, Mekhi Becton looking for fresh start on Eagles’ line

PHILADELPHIA — There is no love lost between Eagles offensive lineman Mekhi Becton and the New York Jets, who gave up on him four years after taking him off the board with the 11th pick in the 2020 draft.

It’s clear that the Jets drafted Becton to take advantage of his size. He measured a shade over 6-foot-7 and 364 pounds, 36-inch arms and 10 3/4-inch hands at the combine. Yet he ran an amazing 5.11 in the 40-yard dash.

Becton was asked what he brought from the Jets that could help him with the Eagles. His answer was pointed.

“Yeah, I feel happier here, for sure,” Becton said. “I mean, there ain’t really nothing for me to bring from over there.”

Outside of the Jets providing him with his start in the NFL, Becton felt underappreciated. Injuries to both knees blew up his 2021 and 2022 seasons, playing just one game total. Last season, Becton sounded like he didn’t get enough respect from management after starting 16 games.

“We had our ups and downs with our relationship and stuff like that,” Becton said. “So, it is what it is.”

If Becton has more to his game than size, Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will find it. Becton is in a swing tackle/guard role that almost certainly will help him make the squad. Usually a left tackle, Becton is learning the right side, which he says is a more difficult transition than from guard to tackle.

Behind Saquon Barkley and Bryce Huff, Becton easily is the most interesting addition made by the Eagles in an offseason where they added wide receivers Parris Campbell and John Ross.

Moreover, the guard position has been a rush, Becton getting first-team snaps with Pro Bowler Landon Dickerson an excused absence from minicamp.

“There’s no 6-foot-7 guards,” Becton said. “So, D-tackles are used to short people with shorter arms. I feel like I’ve got an advantage in that standpoint of my arms and arm length and being able to get on them quicker than they’re used to. … Guard is all hand work and you’ve got to be ready to fight going in.”

Eagles Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnson, whose goal is to play his first complete season since 2015, sees immense upside in Becton.

“A huge guy with a lot of potential,” Johnson said. “He’s probably having one of the best offseasons here. He’s played some guard. Just a big, strong, powerful dude. I think he’s going to help us a lot this year whether he plays tackle or guard.”

The Eagles used to roll with Jack Driscoll as their swing tackle/guard, but he exited in free agency for the Dolphins. There is nobody on the current roster who has started at both positions.

There is opportunity for Becton, whose technique is being tweaked and has great feet. You won’t see him tripping over his own shoes.

“Stay healthy,” Becton said of the key to this season. “Stay on my feet and just stay healthy.”

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All nine Eagles draft picks are signed after Quinyon Mitchell inked his contract Thursday.

Though Mitchell is one of the quietest Eagles, receiver AJ Brown revealed that the rookie shocked him at a recent practice by calling the pass route he ran, “trash.”

“I finally got a chance to go up against AJ, so I wanted to talk a little trash,” Mitchell said. “But it was actually a good route.”

Mitchell, second-round pick Cooper DeJean and Isaiah Rodgers, who served a one-year gambling suspension, have had their moments at minicamp. But it’s unrealistic to gauge their performances without replay or film review in the chaotic group setting, much to the chagrin of hot-take makers. What’s clear is how they’re used, and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio enjoys moving Mitchell inside and outside in coverage, which is a positive sign.

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Quarterback Jalen Hurts opened eyes describing the new system of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

“Right now, it’s been a lot of new inventory in,” Hurts said. “The majority of it, probably 95 percent of it being new. And so, it’s just been that process. It’s been a fun process because you get to see what works for other people.”

Hurts went on to say that in “the bigger picture of football, a lot of things are similar.”

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It’s unclear how serious the discussions are, but Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, according to Bloomberg News, is exploring a sale of a minority stake in the team.

Lurie, according to the report, is working with BDT and MSD Partners, a merchant bank that provides capital and advice to family- and founder-led companies. The Eagles aren’t the only club inquiring about private equity firms purchasing part of a team, as the NFL is studying the situation.

The Eagles are worth $7.5 billion, according to Bloomberg.


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