6-7, 363 MEKHI BECTON EASILY EAGLES BIGGEST FREE AGENCY SIGNING!

By Max Harper

What does Eagles GM Howie Roseman see in Mekhi Becton, signed after the draft last month, that Jets GM Joe Douglas missed>

Becton, a former first-round pick of the Jets, figured Philly was the right fit in free agency.

Eagles O-line coach Jeff Stoutland has tried Becton inside at guard, and the 6-7, 363-pound Becton has performed well.

“It’s fun. It’s been great,” Becton said.

“It’s definitely a different adjustment for me. I never played it before, but it’s fun. The action is right there than at tackle. Tackle they get a chance to build their speed up and stuff like that, but guard it’s all hand work and you have to be ready to fight right then and there.”

“There’s no 6-7 guards, so D-tackles are usually used to short people with shorter arms,” Becton said.

“So I feel like I have an advantage in that with my arms and my arm length and being able to get on them quicker than they’re used to somebody getting on them.”

Becton is competing with with Tyler Steen, Matt Hennessy and Max Scharping.

“I’m always the type to be open to whatever,” Becton said on the transition to guard.

“Then when you have a coach like Coach Stoutland and the way he treats his players and the way he talks to them you’ll do whatever for him.

“He came up to me with the opportunity, I was open for it. I like to try new things anyway.”

“I would love for it to be long term. I’m definitely looking for it to being long term,” Becton said.

“I love the city of Philly, I love the people here, I love the fans, it’s great. I hope it’s long term.”

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