Muhammad Wilkerson

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Muhammad Wilkerson
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Wilkerson in April 2013
No. 96 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1989-10-22) October 22, 1989 (age 29)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Linden (Linden, New Jersey)
College:Temple
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2018
Total tackles:409
Sacks:44.0
Forced fumbles:10
Fumble recoveries:1
Interceptions:2
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Muhammad Wilkerson (born October 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Temple, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Wilkerson attended Linden High School in his hometown of Linden, New Jersey. He recorded 78 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in his senior season.[1] He was named to the All-Watchung Conference first-team in his junior season.[1] He was selected to the Home News Tribune all-area first-team and Newark Star Ledger all-Union County second-team.[1] He also helped lead Linden to state titles during his junior and senior years in basketball.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Muhammad Wilkerson
Defensive tackle
Linden, New Jersey Linden High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 255 lb (116 kg) -- Feb 5, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR (DE)   Rivals: NR (DE), NR (NJ)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Temple Football Commitments". Rivals.com.
  • "2007 Temple Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career[edit]

After high school, Wilkerson spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy. He subsequently enrolled at Temple University, where he played for the Temple Owls football team.[2] As a freshman at Temple in 2008, Wilkerson played in 11 games and recorded 13 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore in 2009, he started all 13 games and recorded 58 tackles and six sacks.

As a junior in 2010, Wilkerson recorded 68 tackles and 10 sacks.[3] Following his junior season, he was named to the first-team All-MAC selection and the team defensive MVP.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
315 lb
(143 kg)
35 14 in
(0.90 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.96 s 1.73 s 2.78 s 4.59 s 7.31 s 26 in
(0.66 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
27 reps N/A
All values from NFL Combine.[4][5]

Wilkerson was initially what analysts termed "a sleeper selection"; however, following positive results at the NFL Combine and at Temple's Pro Day session, Wilkerson's draft stock rose significantly.[6] He became regarded as a versatile prospect whom NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock compared to Trevor Pryce, concluding that Wilkerson was a first round prospect.[6][7][8]

New York Jets[edit]

Wilkerson was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round with the thirtieth overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.[9] He was the fourth Temple player to be drafted by the Jets, preceded by Mike Stromberg, Joe Klecko and Dave Yovanovits.[10] He also became the Owls' highest draft pick since Paul Palmer, who was selected nineteenth overall in the 1987 NFL Draft.[11] Head coach Rex Ryan reiterated Wilkerson possesses similar attributes to Trevor Pryce.[10] Wilkerson signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract on July 31, 2011.[12]

2011 season[edit]

During the third preseason game against the New York Giants, Wilkerson got into a fight with running back Brandon Jacobs, resulting in both players getting ejected. He made his NFL debut in the season opener on September 11 against the Dallas Cowboys,[13] and recorded his first career sack a week later, sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the end zone for a safety.[14] Wilkerson started all 16 games in 2011 making 49 tackles with 3 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 safety enforced.

2012 season[edit]

During a game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 11, 2012, Wilkerson scooped up a fumble lost by Russell Wilson and returned it for a touchdown. The Jets lost the game 7-28, however. In 16 games (15 starts) of 2012, Wilkerson made 69 tackles with 5 sacks, 4 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

2013 season[edit]

Wilkerson finished the 2013 season with a combined 63 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF, and an interception. For his outstanding play, he was selected to the second All-Pro team by the Associated Press.

2014 season[edit]

On April 18, 2014, the Jets picked up the fifth-year, $6.96 million option of Wilkerson's rookie contract.[15] During a game against the Green Bay Packers on September 14, 2014, he was disqualified for the first time in a regular season game for getting into a scuffle with several Packers players following their go-ahead touchdown.[16] On September 20, 2014, Wilkerson was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his role in the brawl.[17] In 13 starts, Wilkerson finished the year with 56 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble

2015 season[edit]

During Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills on January 3, 2016, Wilkerson suffered a broken leg and was carted off the field as the Jets lost the game 17-22 and were eliminated from playoff contention despite finishing the year with a 10-6 record.[18] In 16 games, Wilkerson made 64 tackles, 12 sacks, 7 passes defended, and 3 fumble recoveries. He was a Pro Bowl selection for the first time of his career. He was ranked 39th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[19]

Wilkerson was selected for the 2016 Pro Bowl, but was unable to participate due to a right fibula fracture sustained during the Jets' final game of the season.[20]

2016 season[edit]

On July 15, 2016, Wilkerson signed a 5-year deal worth $86 million featuring $53 million guaranteed and a $15 million signing bonus.[21] Wilkerson played 15 games in 2016, starting 14 of them, finishing with 58 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, and a forced fumble.[22]

2017 season[edit]

On December 15, the Jets announced that Wilkerson would be scratched for the upcoming Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints due to showing up late for a team meeting. It was also revealed the Wilkerson had a history of violating team rules, including showing up late or missing team meetings, therefore putting his tenure with the Jets in jeopardy.[23] Wilkerson was inactive again for Week 16 against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was revealed that Wilkerson showed up late for team meetings four times in the past three years, and the Jets posed a threat to release Wilkerson if he was inactive for one more game due to any sort of disciplinary reason.[24] Ultimately, Wilkerson was declared inactive for the season finale against the New England Patriots in Week 17.[25] Limited to 13 games (12 starts), Wilkerson finished with 46 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and an interception.

On February 28, 2018, Wilkerson was released by the Jets.[26]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Wilkerson suffering a season ending ankle injury in a game against the Washington Redskins

On March 15, 2018, Wilkerson signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers worth $5 million.[27][28]

On September 23, 2018, during a Week 3 game against the Washington Redskins, Wilkerson suffered a serious ankle injury after teammate Kentrell Brice accidentally leg-whipped him while attempting to tackle Washington running back Adrian Peterson. Wilkerson was carted off the field[29] and underwent surgery that night in a Washington, D.C. hospital, causing him to miss the team flight back to Wisconsin.[30] The Packers placed Wilkerson on injured reserve on September 29, ending his season.[31] He posted 5 total tackles for the 2018 season prior to the injury.

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDs INT INT YDs AVG LNG TD PD STF STF YDs KB
2011 NYJ 16 49 35 14 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 16 0
2012 NYJ 16 69 36 33 5.0 3 1 21 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 10 1
2013 NYJ 16 63 43 20 10.5 2 0 0 1 6 6 6 0 3 6 14 0
2014 NYJ 13 55 31 24 5.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 23 0
2015 NYJ 16 64 39 25 12.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 7 0
2016 NYJ 15 58 33 25 4.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 15 0
2017 NYJ 13 46 26 20 3.5 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 4 2 3 0
2018 GB 3 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 108 409 245 164 44.0 10 1 21 2 9 4.5 6 0 28 43 88 1
Source: NFL.com

Personal life[edit]

Wilkerson is a Muslim. Due to his involvement in sports, he does not fast during the month of Ramadan, but intends to in the future.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Temple Profile". owlsports.com.
  2. ^ a b c Former Linden High star Muhammad Wilkerson likely to be first New Jerseyan selected in 2011 NFL Draft NJ.com, April 25, 2011
  3. ^ ESPN.com stats
  4. ^ "Muhammad Wilkerson". NFL Draft Scout. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Muhammad Wilkerson". National Football League. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Wilson, Aaron (March 21, 2011). "Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson to work out for Ravens, Chiefs this week". National Football Post. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  7. ^ "Defensive players lead the way on list of top 32 prospects". National Football League. March 11, 2011. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Cimini, Rich (April 15, 2011). "Wilkerson taking long trip to NFL draft". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ Cimini, Rich (April 29, 2011). "Jets go safe route with Wilkerson". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Associated Press (April 29, 2011). "Jets select Temple DL Wilkerson at No. 30". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  11. ^ Pompey, Keith (April 29, 2011). "Jets take Temple's Wilkerson in first round". Philly.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  12. ^ Cimini, Rich (July 31, 2011). "Jets officially sign Santonio Holmes". ESPN. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  13. ^ Glauber, Bob (September 7, 2011). "Debut of Jets' Wilkerson falls on Sept. 11". Newsday. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Associated Press (September 18, 2011). "Sanchez, defense lead Jets past Jaguars, 32-3". New York Post. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  15. ^ Schwartz, Paul (April 18, 2014). "Jets pick up fifth-year option on Muhammad Wilkerson". NYPost.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  16. ^ Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson ejected for taking swings
  17. ^ Fines roundup: Muhammad Wilkerson docked $20K for fight
  18. ^ Cimini, Rich (January 3, 2016). "Muhammad Wilkerson suffers broken leg in finale". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  19. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 - No. 39 Muhammad Wilkerson
  20. ^ "Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap added to Pro Bowl". Fox Sports. January 14, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  21. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Wilkerson signs five-year deal with Jets". NFL. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  22. ^ Hanzus, Dan. "Muhammad Wilkerson missed his own birthday cake". NFL. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  23. ^ Shook, Nick. "Muhammad Wilkerson scratched from lineup in Week 15". NFL. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  24. ^ "Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson inactive for second game in a row". ESPN. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  25. ^ "Muhammad Wilkerson will be inactive for Jets finale vs. Patriots". NY Daily News. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  26. ^ Bergman, Jeremy. "Jets release Muhammad Wilkerson 2 years after mega-deal". NFL. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  27. ^ Wesseling, Chris (March 13, 2018). "Muhammad Wilkerson signing 1-year deal with Packers". NFL.com.
  28. ^ "Packers sign Wilkerson, acquire Kizer in trade". Packers.com. March 15, 2018.
  29. ^ Shook, Nick (September 24, 2018). "Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) likely out for season". NFL.com.
  30. ^ Kruse, Zach (24 September 2018). "Packers DL Muhammad Wilkerson has surgery for 'significant' injury". PackersWire. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  31. ^ Shook, Nick (29 September 2018). "Packers place Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) on IR". NFL.com. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  32. ^ Glauber, Bob (September 7, 2011). "Debut of Jets' Wilkerson falls on Sept. 11". Newsday. Retrieved March 15, 2018.

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