Good news came today for Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson in the form of accolades from the Associated Press. After arguably being snubbed by voters in pro bowl balloting (he is a first alternate), the AP has named Wilkerson to their All- Pro second team as a defensive tackle along with Kansas City’s Dontari Poe, Tennessee’s Jurrell Casey, and San Francisco’s Justin Smith. Big Mo’, as his teammates like to call him, had a monstrous season, and has been ascending ever since he was drafted in 2011. Taken with the Jets first round pick in said draft, Wilkerson has not missed starting a game, and after a strong rookie debut he continued to get better every season. His sack totals have increased year after year from 3 in his rookie season, 5 his second year, and now 10.5 this season.
The naked eye test is even more revealing as to not only his initial rookie play, but the way he has grown as a pass rusher and run stuffer. This season Wilkerson moved into opponents backfield’s and set up shop game after game. He was the anchor of arguably one of the most dominant defensive lines in the NFL, a group that helped the Jets be one of the most dominant run defenses. This is a much deserved honor for Wilkerson and I for one am glad he got it, and every Jet fan out there should be excited to see what is to come from this behemoth next season.