In a year that has had a lot of low notes, one high not has been the emergence of Muhammad Wilkerson. He has clearly benefited from the teachings of defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, as Mo has been great, especially of late, with forced fumbles in back to back games, and forcing Tom Brady into an intentional grounding last week. In the preseason, coach Ryan compared Wilkerson to former Patriots great Richard Seymour. How does he feel about that comparison now?
I got one right, of all those things. I think you’re right. I do. Obviously, he has that God-given talent, that size, that length and everything else that you want, but he’s really picked it up and you notice it. Even in training camp, (he is) almost like Darrelle Revis (in) the way that he challenges guys on the practice field. It’s the way Mo (Wilkerson) approaches his job. D’Brickashaw Ferguson is the same way on the practice field. The great ones challenge themselves every day and that’s what I’ve noticed from Mo. I think that’s when I realized that this guy is going to be special. That’s the way he’s playing right now. Does he make the Pro Bowl this year? I don’t know, but I think he’ll receive a bunch of votes from the guys that have played against him. Then people will begin to take notice, the whole country will notice that this guy is a really good player.
Rex is never short on his praise, that’s for sure. But it seems like, for once, Rex may have gotten one right. Wilkerson is going to be a great player for years to come.