Wilkerson: I Want to be a Jet for Life
“ I want to be a Jet for life.” Well, haven’t we heard this before? Not so long ago, Darrelle Revis was the one that was saying these words, and we all know how that situation has turned out. Now, it’s Muhammad Wilkerson saying it, but will the Jets make that happen? They better.
Muhammed Wilkerson will be entering his 4th season with the New York Jets. Since he stepped onto the field in his rookie year, you could see Wilkerson was the real deal, and this year he proved it. Wilkerson finished the season with 10.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a Pro Bowl snub. Wilkerson put himself in the conversation as one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in football. Rex Ryan’s defense is one that shows multiple fronts throughout a football game, Wilkerson’s versatility is a huge reason for this. Wilkerson’s usual position is the 5- technique in 3-man fronts, but when Ryan wants to send out a 4-man front, he is able to slide Wilkerson inside where he will play the 3-technique. The Jets finished 3rd in the NFL in rushing defense. Wilkerson is a big reason for this. When defending the run, Wilkerson is down right dominant; he mixes great discipline and power to cause a nightmare in many opponents’ backfield. What’s even more impressive about Wilkerson is the fact that he is just as good at getting to the QB as he is in the run game. The job of defensive end in a 3-4 scheme is to take on double teams to create one on one situation for the OLB. Wilkerson is able to do this and still post a double digit sack total. Wilkerson is the queen in Ryan’s chess game, and like in chess when you lose your best piece, chances of winning are not a good one.
The Jets don’t seem to be in any hurry to get a deal done with Wilkerson because he has an option for a 5th year, which they will likely exercise, but I urge them to get a deal done soon. Idzik may not want to spend money on players in free agency, but he needs to take care of his own players especially a player of Wilkerson’s caliber. Get it done, John.
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