Boomer Esiason is standing by his comments that Mekhi Becton could be cut by the New York Jets because the tackle is so out of shape.

The former Jets quarterback provided his original take on Becton last week during a segment on the “Boomer and Gio” morning show on WFAN. He doubled down earlier this week.

“How many hot dogs and pizzas was he eating? How much fried food is he eating?” Boomer questioned during his rant. “The guy standing on that podium (speaking with media at minicamp) is unhealthy, and anyone should want him to grow up. Somebody has to wake him up to do that, and I don’t know if the Jets trust him. I’m just being real about it.”

Esiason claimed Becton weight at least 395 pounds when the lineman reported to minicamp last week. Jets head coach Robert Saleh, defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich and Becton himself all danced around the topic of Becton’s specific weight.

“I’m satisfied where I’m at,” Becton said. But are the Jets?

Saleh raved about how much better shape wide receiver Denzel Mims is in and praised quarterback Zach Wilson for looking “beefy” after improving his diet and hitting the weight room this offseason. As for Becton, Saleh simply said, “He’s good. He’s here.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Rumors of not being in peak physical condition have consistently dogged Becton. He’s listed at 6-foot-7, 365 pounds. But he’s battled weight issues since his rookie season in 2020 and has struggled to stay on the field.

Becton missed two games as a rookie and failed to finish a few more because of injuries. Last season he dislocated his kneecap in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. Projected to miss 6-8 weeks, Becton never played another down as rumors surfaced that his weight approached 400 pounds.

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He came under fire for not attending voluntary offseason workouts. But Becton has explained he was awaiting the birth of his first child in Texas, and has been working with two personal trainers, an offensive line coach and a nutritionist.

When he showed up for mandatory camp last week, he worked on the side with the Jets performance staff. During an interview session with reporters, he wore a T-shirt with derogatory comments made about him. Becton promised to make his critics “eat their words” this season.

Esiason was not impressed with Becton’s bravado.

“He can stand in front of a press conference and wear a tee shirt that shows how mad and upset he is about how people are coming down on him … he has a responsibility to his teammates and the organization and general manager that drafted him to come back in shape,” Esiason said.

Of course, as several outlets have pointed out, cutting Becton is not the easiest or most cost-effective decision the Jets could make. In Saleh’s words, he’s a “freakish athlete,” one not easily replaced. And the Jets have few worthy options at the tackle position behind starters Becton and George Fant.

Connor McDermott, Chumo Edoga and fourth-round pick Max Mitchell don’t exactly scream “starting tackle in the NFL.” Plus, the salary cap implications of cutting the 2020 first-rounder are distasteful to an organization that has handled its cap impressively since Joe Douglas became general manager.

Yet, there was Boomer saying otherwise. “I’m thinking in training camp he could get cut.”

Becton’s knee is healthy and he’s a full go for training camp in six weeks. It’ll be time to put up or shut up for Becton. And perhaps Esiason, as well.