If anybody came into their own in 2013, it was Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson became the best pass rusher the Jets’ have put out there since John Abraham, posting 10.5 sacks last season. Wilkerson was a guy that the Jets’ opponents had to game plan against.
One of the biggest reasons that Wilkerson has improved is from the strength and speed of his hands. Let’s take a look. This first sack we are going to look at is from week three against the Buffalo Bills:
E.J. Manuel is lined up in the shotgun. Muhammad Wilkerson is in the circle, and he is going to take on #71, Cyrus Kouandjio, one on one. Good luck with that Cyrus.
Wilkerson, shown here, is starting to make his move to the inside. However, if we move ahead, we will see that he is not going to go inside. Instead, Mo is going to use his hands to guide Kouandjio to the inside while he goes to the outside to get right to E.J. Manuel.
See Wilkerson’s left hand, in the square? He is guiding the guard to the inside, while he quickly gets to the outside and muscles his opponent out of the way.
As you can see from this frame, the guard has engaged with Mo once again, but Mo clearly has position on him now, and it is just a few seconds from now…..
…that Wilkerson has a straight line to the quarterback, and an eight yard sack.
Turn the page as we look at one more sack.