Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (not pictured) in the third quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson on Improving in 2013

The New York Jets have a lot of holes around this roster, such as wide receiver. One position, however, that the Jets need worry the LEAST about is defensive line. Led by the man pictured to the right, Muhammad Wikerson, and with the help of Quinton Coples, the newly added Sheldon Richardson, and others, these guys will be quite good. Here is Mo talking about working with Coples to help Richardson

He comes in always ready to work. If we see some little things with him we correct him. But really, coach Dunbar is always on him making sure he keeps up with things. Me and Quinton are always helping him out, though. If we see something he can do I’ll let him know. We’re all here for each other, especially on the d-line. We’re all close.

[Sheldon] tells a lot of jokes, he does. But he has to take his time, he can’t just jump into the group like that. He’s a rookie but he’s cool, he’s a real cool guy. He’s funny, he’s got a good personality and everybody likes him.

There is a lot of reason to like Richardson. Besides the fact that he immensely talented, he has the humility of a guy you want on your team. This was his response to being asked about who might surprise people on his roster?

Everybody has put in a lot of hard work, I can’t really point out too many guys because there’s a lot of people who have worked really hard. But if I would have to pick out one guy, I like the way (cornerback) Aaron Berry has been working this offseason, working on his technique and is really making some plays in the defensive backfield. I think that’s a guy who, when he’s on the field he’ll definitely make an impact.

See? Another fun player that is also willing to learn whatever he can learn to get to that next level.

Enjoy watching Wilkerson learn his craft, ladies’ and gentlemen. It is only going to become more special as the years go by.

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  • Korwil

    With Mo leading the line, Harris leading the linebackers, and Cro/Landry leading the secondary I think our defense looks very solid. There seems to be a new air about these Jets between young guys and veterans. We had 100% attendance at OTA’s and only a few guys missed sessions due to legal or personal reasons.

    I feel like every Jets fan is thinking that if we could just settle our QB and turnover issues and produce a respectable offense then we will be a difficult team to beat.

    My key players right now with question marks are Holmes, Hill, Cumberland, DeMario Davis, Bush/Allen, and Kenrick Ellis. If these guys can stay healthy and perform well then we will have a solid team IMO. Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid, but I feel we have the best coaching we’ve had in years and a good GM. It will obviously all come down to the play of the QB but those are the players I have my eye on.

    • TheJetPress

      I think we have a good chance to surprise some teams. Hill and Holmes will be huge. If Holmes could ever be the same as before the injury it would be huge. I am not as worried on Cumberland because I think Kellen Winslow will hold own the starting job.
      No Kool Aid, just optimistic and that’s ok.

      • Dave Hanna

        AS you say, I think we will surprise many a nay sayer- I like quotes from fellow teammates actually working to bring talent along- can never have too much comradery.

        I’m drinking from the Kool-aid fountain again with Sanchez but with shoring up Oline and the WCO, I think Sanchez will be better than past.

        Our run game is going to be fun to watch this season with Ivory- looking forward to it.

        TE situation will be interesting once pads go on in Camp.

  • Jetsluva

    I’m actually very encouraged about the D line this year and the defense as a whole. All we need is just a middle of the pack offense and this team is gonna be MUCH better than many in the media believe it’s gonna be. We’ve actually improved from within and Idzik has done a very good job of adding to the talent base. This isn’t one of those disgrace teams as some are predicting.

    • TheJetPress

      totally agree

  • Joe Willie

    our D-line is better-younger then the Giants -the future is ours!

  • Joe Willie

    This is our rush linebacker this year—Height: 6 ft 6 in)
    Weight: 285 lb and he’s a mean MTF.

  • matr dontelli iii

    I’ve spoken to Mo on a personal (for him) issue. He is a normal guy. I am friends with someone who went to HS with him. They still hang out and everyone pays their way. No star system. If i pushed it i could hang out with them, but that’s not my style. This is a normal and humble guy who just happens to be a star in the making. It shows when he speaks. We are blessed to have him on our team. He will not be a rIIIvIs at contract time. Another potential HOF Jet though it is still really, really early. I really hope he is a jet for life.

    • TheJetPress

      Great Stuff on Mo. That is awesome that you know him.