New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is in the best shape of his life after alternating his diet. He also is ready to destroy opposing quarterbacks during the 2013 NFL season. After two solid years in which Wilkerson certainly made his mark on New York’s defensive line, the 23-year-old is prepared to dominate and take his game to the next level.
“Just sit back and, like [Terrell Owens] said, get your popcorn ready,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said, according to ESPN.com.
Wilkerson improved immensely from his rookie season to his second year in the league. After recording 49 total tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and two passes defended in 16 games in 2011, he managed to step it up in every single statistical category. Wilkerson recorded 69 total tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four passes defended last season.
The fact that he did not make the Pro Bowl last season is an absolute disgrace. Even though Wilkerson is upset about being left off the AFC roster, he understands he will just have to go above and beyond in 2013 to get noticed.
“I felt like I was playing well enough to make the Pro Bowl,” Wilkerson said earlier this year, according to ESPN.com. “No problem. I just have more motivation for this offseason, just to go into next season and prove myself. That’s definitely one of my goals this year — to make it to Hawaii.”
If the Jets want to make some noise in the AFC East this season they will certainly need Wilkerson’s ability to get after the quarterback. The good news is everything appears to be lining up just right for the 6’4”, 305-pound lineman to do just that.
“Just get up the field and wreak havoc,” Wilkerson said, according to NewYorkJets.com.