Is Mo Wilkerson the Next Big Thing?

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Wilkerson finished his rookie year 49 tackles (35 solo), 3 sacks and 8 QB hurries. He played just over half the snaps in 2011, but in 2012 Pettine expects Wilkerson in there as much as possible.

“Mo’s only going to come off the field when he needs a break,” Pettine said. “I would not be shocked if he had a breakout year. He’s really immersed himself not just in the playbook, but the tape…. He’s got so much more awareness. At times last year, he just lined up and played.”

Mo Wilkerson has been working hard, not only on the field but in the film room, logging loads of time in front of the screen, getting ready to display his athleticism for new line coach Karl Dunbar, and feels good about the praise he is getting:

“If Rex is telling you that, that just shows you all the confidence he has in me as a player,” Wilkerson told me. “He told me about how Revis works hard every day at his craft, working on the little things every day at practice. That’s why he’s so great come game time. That’s something I’m going to take on, working hard every day and doing the little things right so once the game comes, it’s just that much easier.”

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Topics: Alan Schechter, Jets Defense, Jets Offseason, Karl Dunbar, Mike Pettine, Mo Wilkerson, NY Jets, Rex Ryan, Wilkerson Improves

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