The Fast Hands of Muhammad Wilkerson

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This second one is from the home battle against the New England Patriots. Specifically, from the third quarter of that game.

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In this one, Wilkerson is lined up at right end, in the circle, and will be taking on Nate Solder one on one. Solder is a good tackle, maybe he can do it one on one, right? Wrong.

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Here, Wilkerson is engaged with Solder up high.  Here come the hands now.  See his feet first, however.  See how the right foot is planted?  Here again, Mo is making one move, this time to the outside, and about to use his hands to go the opposite way.  Let’s move ahead and see how Mo gets to the inside, and therefore, to Tom Brady.

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Here we go. Wilkerson has his hands pushing Solder to the outside, and already has inside position on him.

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Wilkerson has a clear line to Brady, unless Stevan Ridley chips him at some point. It’s an interesting choice Stevan makes, as he is right next to Mo, but doesn’t lay a glove on him.

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And down goes Brady!

Mo Wilkerson has fast, strong hands, and they will serve him well for many years.

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  • AC

    Wilkerson uses his arm strength in a way few 3-4 DL can, and really causes disruption. There are no stats to really sum up what he does. Yes, he gets his own individual sacks and tackles behind the line, but he reeks so much havoc that he opens up lanes for Richarson and other blitzers to do the same kind of damage. There is no way Calvin Pace gets the sack totals he had without Richardson and Wilkerson. He is a beast.

    • Alan Schechter

      Totally agree with you Alex. He is a guy you have to game plan for as well. Finally, a guy that offenses have to watch out for and lose sleep over up front. It has been a long time.

  • Paul Newbold

    Wilkerson and the entire degensive line should line up at mid field and kiss Karl Dunbar’s hand! Dunbar is the technician! As with his time with the Vikings, he’s come into NY and changed the face of this line! Guys like Richarson, Ellis, and Wilkerson have improved their play tremendously under his tutelage!! Karl Dunbar is the man!!

    • Alan Schechter

      They don’t get much better than Karl Dunbar, do they Paul? First in Minnesota and now here, he is just great.