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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Every Monday morning, Brian Baldinger makes a 15-minute drive from his home in Marlton, New Jersey, to the NFL Films facility in Mount Laurel. He heads up to the third-floor studio, where he dissects video from the previous day’s games. One of his favorite parts of the job as an NFL Network analyst is watching the New York Jets — not the team that is winless, mind you, but one player in particular.
Rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton.
Each week, Baldinger splices together cut-ups of Becton’s best blocks — a “Greatest Hits” album, so to speak — and shares the video on Twitter with the hashtag #BaldysBreakdowns. He narrates, too, often sounding as if he wants to chest-bump Becton after a pancake.
He’s Highway 77. You just get on the highway. You get on the highway and you don’t go anywhere else.
“I’ve met him a couple of times,” said Baldinger, who played 11 years in the NFL as an offensive lineman. “He’s this super-friendly nice guy. Got this big, old smile on his face, but he’s got a knife in his hand and he’s just trying to freaking break your sword