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Jets DE Wilkerson turning it on in second season

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By Kevin Fishbain

Mike Tannenbaum has taken plenty of heat during another disappointing Jets season, but his first-round pick from 2011 is helping the Jets’ GM save some face with his recent drafting. DE Muhammad Wilkerson has been on a tear in his second season, and he racked up his fourth sack of the year in the Jets’ 17-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday, which kept Gang Green in the playoff hunt. Wilkerson, who also had three QB hits in the game, has three sacks in the last four games. He led the team in tackles for loss as a rookie in 2011 and, along with 2012 first-rounder Quinton Coples, is helping the Jets’ defensive front turn things around of late and show its usual aggressive style. In the offseason, Rex Ryan made it no secret — the club expected a big second-year jump from Wilkerson, and he has shown it in stopping the run and making impact plays in the backfield. Ryan said Wilkerson was “dominant” in Sunday’s win. With some in the defensive front seven getting up there in age, like Bryan Thomas and Bart Scott, Wilkerson shows plenty of promise as a disrupter for New York going forward.

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