The Jets defensive finish is coming off essentially the most disappointing season of his NFL profession. After signing an $86 million contract final summer season, Wilkerson completed 2016 with simply four.5 sacks – his fewest since his rookie 12 months in 2011 – whereas battling by means of points associated to his surgically repaired proper leg.
However in response to Wilkerson, this season will likely be completely different “as a result of I do know what I am able to doing.”
And what’s that precisely?
“Being dominant,” Wilkerson mentioned with conviction Thursday on the ultimate day of Jets minicamp in Florham Park.
Wilkerson’s observe document signifies he is able to returning to that stage of play. He proved himself as one of many elite defensive linemen within the league in 2015, totaling 12 sacks and two pressured fumbles in a Professional Bowl marketing campaign.
However Wilkerson broke his leg within the remaining sport of that 2015 season. He wasn’t wholesome for many of final season, and later within the 12 months, Wilkerson blamed the medical workers for failing to develop an acceptable plan for his rehabilitation in the summertime and early fall. The Each day Information additionally reported in March that Wilkerson confirmed as much as the Temple Professional Day trying obese.
Nonetheless, even with the Jets slicing ties with quite a few veterans, together with defensive chief David Harris, Wilkerson anticipates a “strong” 12 months from himself and his teammates.
“On the finish of the day, it is a new staff. It is a new season,” he mentioned. “We’re not apprehensive about what occurred final 12 months. It is about proper now.”
STEWART INJURY SAGA
Todd Bowles offered some readability Thursday on broad receiver ArDarius Stewart’s thumb and groin accidents, which each required surgical procedure prior to now few weeks.
Stewart, who the Jets took within the third spherical of this spring’s draft out of Alabama, suffered the thumb harm in rookie minicamp, in response to Bowles. Stewart was already nursing a groin pressure he sustained on the NFL Mix in Indianapolis in February. So as soon as Stewart required surgical procedure on his thumb, the Jets opted to have the groin operated on as effectively.
“He had a strained groin prior to now, and it appeared like sooner or later in time he would wish surgical procedure on it,” Bowles mentioned. “So we determined to be extra proactive for the reason that thumb was accomplished and he was going to be out, to attempt to do the groin so he would not have any issues come the season.”
Stewart wasn’t certain if he’ll be prepared for coaching camp. Gamers report July 28.
“If I’m, I’m,” he mentioned Thursday. “If I am not, I am not. We’ll simply observe together with the method that the trainers bought me going with.”