For a player who only wanted to discuss the Denver Broncos in the week leading up to Sunday’s game, Muhammad Wilkerson sure had some difficulty turning that focus into production on the field.
After being benched for the first quarter of New York’s 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13 due to tardiness, the Jets defensive end became the center of attention as the week progressed. Reports surfaced that his tardiness leading up to the Kansas City game was not the first time such a thing cheap nfl jerseys happened this season. It’s public knowledge that such events have happened the last few years.
When asked about the subject last week, Wilkerson deflected the questions and told the media “If you ain’t got no Denver questions, you don’t need to ask me anything.”
If only someone had actually listened to his directions, forcing the lineman to think about the Broncos. Maybe then Wilkerson wouldn’t have looked so lost Sunday.
While six tackles and a sack might not look too bad on the stat sheet, most of Wilkerson’s production came with the final score already decided. The sack was a gift — Trevor Siemian fell down, and Wilkerson just happened to be the closest person too him.
Overall, it was another uninspiring performance from Wilkerson. That’s not what the Jets pay him $86 million for.
Lack of production when it’s needed the most has become the story for Wilkerson over the past two seasons, as the supposed star defensive end has not lived up to the lofty contract that the Jets gave him to keep him in town. He hasn’t exactly been a model teammate either, despite what Todd Bowles continues to say about him.
Wilkerson has turned into a mirror image of former teammate Sheldon Richardson, minus the whole speeding with marijuana, guns and a 12-year-old child in the car incident. He has become a player who has made things more about himself than the team, a rarity on a Jets squad that has come together to play for each other in 2017.
The talent is there and Wilkerson’s teammates might like him, but declining play on the field and unaccountability off of it isn’t exactly a recipe for Wilkerson to stick around much longer in New York.
With three games left in the season, there’s a good chance this will be the last we see of Wilkerson in green and white.