Muhammad Wilkerson wants to recapture “dominant play” with Packers

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Muhammad Wilkerson was named to a Pro Bowl and was twice a second-team All-Pro selection during his seven seasons with the New York Jets.

But after a bitter ending to the relationship with the Jets and a pair of inconsistent seasons, Wilkerson is hoping to rejuvenate his career with the Green Bay Packers.

I’m ready to get back to my dominant play,” Wilkerson said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I know what type of player I’m capable of being, and I’m just ready to do it at a new place, a new organization and a new group of guys. I’m just really excited about the things to come this year.

“I’m capable of being a dominant player that those years have shown, the stats have shown.”

Those stats showed particularly impressive seasons in 2013 and 2015. Wilkerson recorded 10.5 sacks in 2013 and posted a career-high 12 sacks in 2015. That production slipped the last two years with just 3.5 and 4.5 sacks, respectively. Wilkerson was also benched for the final three games of the season for reportedly showing up late.

Despite taking other visits after the Jets cut him earlier this month, Wilkerson elected on a reunion with former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Green Bay.

A one-year deal with the Packers should help provide incentive for Wilkerson to find his motivation again as well. He’s still capable of being a problematic defensive lineman when he plays to his peak ability. The Packers will hope he can get them that version of himself more frequently than in New York.

47 responses to “Muhammad Wilkerson wants to recapture “dominant play” with Packers

  1. The problem is that wherever you go, there you are.

    I did agree with the fact that he’s still capable of being a problematic defensive lineman. I think he proved that with his end of the year suspension.

  2. At one point, Mo was my favorite Jet. A homegrown talent, local kid, who was a great performer on the field and seemed like a good guy off of it. As soon as he got his money, his performance, and worse yet, his effort, tanked. Maybe he’ll play with a little more intensity this year, with his future salary and reputation on the line. But, based on the huge difference between his words and his actions over the last couple of years, I wouldn’t believe any of the bold predictions coming out of his mouth. And if he ever plays the “losing was hard” card to explain what happened with the Jets, that will only show how he’ll react to any adversity he faces with the Packers or any other future team.

  3. A lot of it has to do with the effort and focus, he clearly had the the heart, hunger and skill to be great on the DL, earninga second team All-Pro and I feel he and Daniels could cause trouble for the opposing OL make play,s along with giving the LBs behind them chances to make plays.

  4. If your a veteran that’s been in league w character concerns and your trying to “get back to you dominant ways “ you are not a quality free agent . Sheldon Richardson is a way better talent that just likes to drive a little fast at his young age ,not a locker room problem with low effort . J immy graham for Jordy was a mistake andI think we could be seeing the end of the Packers 30year super bowl window .

  5. 1. Get paid 18MM / year

    2. Productivity drops.

    3. Consistently late to team meetings

    ==> “I’m ready to get back to my dominant play

    Translation: Pay me and watch me pull another Albert Haynesworth.

  6. Some people are internally-motivated, some are not. I think that is the purpose behind interviews at the combine — the teams are trying to figure out what makes the players tick. And what is so amazing is that the teams are so bad at making those assessments, even with the huge financial incentives to get it right.

  7. The Packers didn’t see enough of Marty Bennett last year.

    So they doubled-down with Graham and Wilkerson……..

    These guys aren’t Packer People. Just watch.

  8. J immy graham for Jordy was a mistake andI think we could be seeing the end of the Packers 30year super bowl window
    =====

    It ended in 2014.

    People are just reading the memo.

  9. You can keep that SKOL baby …… says:
    March 23, 2018 at 7:42 am
    If your a veteran that’s been in league w character concerns and your trying to “get back to you dominant ways “ you are not a quality free agent . Sheldon Richardson is a way better talent that just likes to drive a little fast at his young age ,not a locker room problem with low effort . J immy graham for Jordy was a mistake andI think we could be seeing the end of the Packers 30year super bowl window .
    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Wishful thinking, hopes, and prayers. We’ve been hearing this for nearly thirty years.

    Don’t forget, one lucky blooper highlite reel saved the Vikings from adding to their all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances. Maybe that’s the direction you should provide your insights. The Vikings haven’t accomplished anything, even with the Packers out of the way.

  10. Same dominant play we saw last year with the Pack, leading to a sub 500, 3rd place finish….LOL #NOPACKNO…watch out, Bears are sneaking up on you.

  11. allight59 says:

    March 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Same dominant play we saw last year with the Pack, leading to a sub 500, 3rd place finish….LOL #NOPACKNO…watch out, Bears are sneaking up on you.
    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    going to be an epic battle for 3rd place between the two!!

  12. Translation: I’m playing for another big fat contract so I can revert to being Albert Haynesworth 2.0.

    The Pack may get a bargain with this guy since he’ll be playing hard so some other dumb team can give him a long-term deal. Once he has his money his productivity will drop to zero.

  13. His skill set and experience fit the Packer’s defensive scheme (assuming Pettine hasn’t changed it), and he gets to play next to one of the better 3-4 D-linemen in the league in Daniels, so his success probably will be all based primarily on his individual effort.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2018 at 10:22 am

    The Vikings haven’t accomplished anything, even with the Packers out of the way.
    —————–
    The Vikings accomplished much more than the Packers in 2017.
    Wouldn’t you agree?

  15. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2018 at 10:22 am

    The Vikings haven’t accomplished anything, even with the Packers out of the way.
    —————–
    The Vikings accomplished much more than the Packers in 2017.
    Wouldn’t you agree?
    —————-
    The Packers are “a team” in rebuild and the Vikings are an “elite team”. I predict GB will be 4th in NFCN in 2018. Mark it.

  16. stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2018 at 10:22 am

    The Vikings haven’t accomplished anything, even with the Packers out of the way
    ———
    Won two of the three past division titles, beaten the pack 4 of the last 5 games, went to the NFC Championship game last season with the #1 ranked defense. Pretty happy with our accomplishments and the bright upward track the Vikings are on. Packers are the opposite of all of this. Keep putting lipstick on your Packer pig of a team.

  17. Sheldon Richardson is a way better talent that just likes to drive a little fast at his young age ,not a locker room problem with low effort

    +++++++++++++++

    Just likes to drive a little fast????

    “On July 14, 2015, less than two weeks after receiving his 4 game suspension for failing the league’s substance abuse policy, Richardson was arrested in St. Charles County, Missouri and charged with resisting arrest and traffic violations.

    He was reportedly street racing in excess of 140 miles per hour before attempting to evade the authorities pursuing him. Two other men and a 12-year-old were found to be in the car, all of whom smelled of marijuana. A loaded handgun was found beneath the driver’s seat.”

    Two weeks after getting suspended this is what this knucklehead was doing.

  18. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2018 at 10:22 am

    The Vikings haven’t accomplished anything, even with the Packers out of the way.
    —————–
    The Vikings accomplished much more than the Packers in 2017.
    Wouldn’t you agree?
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Barely. I mean, sure, they won their most important goals; “SuperBowl” against the Packers, and another division banner.

    Then what? Unless, of course, you’re measuring them only against the Packers and not the NFL. Which, sounds about right. Your question to me confirms where your priorities reside.

    Wouldn’t you agree?

  19. #4OUTOF5. #OWNED

    He will help the Packers lose more and more with his bad attitude. There is room for only 1 me first player in Green Bay and that player is about to suck up all remaining cap space.

  20. Everything the Vikings “accomplished” last year is noteworthy for Viking fans. Nobody else cares, or should they. All teams are tied right now. If last year is worth mentioning, so are thirteen championships. You can’t have it both ways. The Vikings have bragging rights over the Packers. That’s it. They accomplished exactly nothing.

  21. Hopes, and wishes, and prayers. That’s what the Vikings have. What makes their fans think they’ll be better next year? Cousins? Maybe, but you don’t know. You had a quarterback that finished 13-3, had a QB rating of 98.3, and a TD/INT ratio of 3:1.

    You think you’re going to get better than that? Maybe, but you’re counting your chickens before they’ve hatched.

    Rookies.

  22. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    He will help the Packers lose more and more with his bad attitude. There is room for only 1 me first player in Green Bay and that player is about to suck up all remaining cap space.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    ………and the Vikings front office thinks; ” Boy, we sure wish we had Rodgers. We’d pay him anything. Anything. Absolutely anything. I guess we’ll take the twelfth best instead, and pay him the most anyway. We can pretend, at least.”

  23. Cheesy from Duluth says :
    ………and the Vikings front office thinks; ” Boy, we sure wish we had Rodgers. We’d pay him anything. Anything. Absolutely anything. I guess we’ll take the twelfth best instead, and pay him the most anyway. We can pretend, at least.”
    ——————
    You ppl are unbelievable. Aaron is just ONE player and he’s already told management that he’s no longer going to carry this team, that they HAVE to put a team around him. No doubt he’s gonna ask for 30 mil X 3 yrs all guaranteed, breaking your cap, that’s no lie. No team is a single player, like you Cheesers think. Didn’t you learn anything from last year? And don’t forget, once Aaron breaks outa the pocket & becomes a RB, he’s setting himself up for further injury, especially an aging QB. Can’t put your eggs in one basket. If Aaron goes down, can your defense carry the team? Ask yourself.

  24. Didn’t you learn anything from last year? And don’t forget, once Aaron breaks outa the pocket & becomes a RB, he’s setting himself up for further injury, especially an aging QB. Can’t put your eggs in one basket. If Aaron goes down, can your defense carry the team? Ask yourself.
    ======

    Did I learn anything from last year?… not really.

    The Packers still aren’t Super Bowl caliber. That’s not news. Same broken record since 2014. Their only shot is if Rodgers plays at the other-worldly 2011 version.

    Can’t put your eggs in one basket? Wrong. The Packers will have to do just that. They can’t fix all that ails them in one offseason.

    If Aaron goes down, can your defense carry the team?…… I’ll consider that a rhetorical question. The answer is obvious.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Everything the Vikings “accomplished” last year is noteworthy for Viking fans. Nobody else cares, or should they. All teams are tied right now. If last year is worth mentioning, so are thirteen championships. You can’t have it both ways. The Vikings have bragging rights over the Packers. That’s it. They accomplished exactly nothing.
    —————————————

    I disagree. The Vikings did accomplished exposing the fraud team that the Viking fans have been telling you about. It’s a new day in the North and the golden boy diva Erin is on an island. The bombardment of that island won’t stop anytime soon. Buckle up buttercup.

  26. One down year for the Packers and one OK year for the Vikings, and their fight-picking fans are now expert Packer analysts. Some things never change.

  27. Football Fred says:
    March 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm
    If Aaron goes down, can your defense carry the team?
    /////////////////////////////////////

    I don’t know! I don’t know, any more than you know. Let me ask; How is the Vikings offense going to do? You don’t know. You can wish, you can hope, you can pray, but you don’t know. All I read from Viking trolls is how badly Green Bay will do and how great the Vikings are going to be…………..and I’ll bet you’re wrong.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    March 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    If last year is worth mentioning, so are thirteen championships.

    ///////////////////////

    You know the rules, if you’re going to mention the 13 championships, you have to be wearing a leather helmet.

  29. One down year for the Packers and one OK year for the Vikings, and their fight-picking fans are now expert Packer analysts. Some things never change.
    ———————————
    Packer fans come into Viking stories, pick fights and offer expert Viking analysis (like who their QB should have for next season) then cry when Viking fans do the same thing in Packer stories. Some things never change.

  30. The main reason the angry, hate-filled, long-suffering, Viking trolls have their auto-messaging programmed for Packer stories, is because, despite their premature confidence in the Vikings, they still fear the Packers. Big time.

    Notice………they’re not on the Eagles site with their “I know you are, but what am I?” rhetoric. They’re here, on a Packers thread, because they can’t get the Packers out of their minds.

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

    -Yoda

  31. stellarperformance says:
    March 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

    -Yoda
    ———————————-

    “You’re a disease, and I’m the cure.”

    – Marion Cobretti

  32. Viking fans: “We’re the future!”
    Marion Cobretti: “No, you’re history.”

  33. stellarperformance says:
    March 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

    -Yoda

    ///////////////////////////////

    You know Yoda is fictional

  34. flviking says:
    March 24, 2018 at 6:40 pm
    You know Yoda is fictional
    ////////////////////////////////

    Now you’ve gone too far!

  35. and offer expert Viking analysis (like who their QB should have for next season) then cry when Viking fans do the same thing
    ________________

    Viking fan analysis on who the GB QB should be? That’s a hot topic. In 2008.

  36. “I’m capable of being a dominant player that those years have shown, the stats have shown.”

    So… You say you’re going to care now?

  37. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    You know Yoda is fictional
    —————
    So is Green Bay’s fan’s image of themselves.
    ____

    Whatever image we have of ourselves, it isn’t fictional. Distorted perhaps? I sure hope Eddie Lacy signs somewhere so you can stay in your wheelhouse. Cheers.

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