Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” Muhammad Wilkerson was definitely never meant to be an oyster. Once he was drafted by the New York Jets in 2011, he was meant to be the future leader of the Jets defensive line.
With the departure of players like Mike DeVito, Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, that time to lead is now. With two complete NFL seasons on Wilkerson’s resume and coming off a pretty good individual season with stats of five sacks, a team-high 37 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, it shows how he has grown under the Rex Ryan defensive system.
Being that Wilkerson is homegrown from New Jersey makes this even better because there is nothing better than seeing a player from the tri-state area be successful as a Jet. Wilkerson took the initiative soon as the football season was complete, he began to do his own workouts at the Lifetime Fitness facility in Columbia, Md., working out with a group of NFL players that included Arrelious Benn, Vontae Davis and D’Qwell Jackson.
With the NFL voluntary workout program to begin on Monday, Apr. 15, it sounds like Wilkerson will be in tip top shape to bring this Jets defense back to the top as it once was. Wilkerson definitely impressed me while he played for Temple University and with his acceptance of this new leadership role on defense, I expect a career high this season for Wilkerson
What do you expect out of Wilkerson this upcoming NFL season?