Wilkerson will need to rebound from a disappointing 2016 campaign or risk being released next offseason, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. Wilkerson signed a massive five-year, $86 million extension with the Jets last July, only to then see his production dip from 64 tackles and 12.0 sacks in 2015 to just 58 stops and 4.5 sacks last season. Amid tardiness and concerns over his effort last year, the fact that Wilkerson's contract currently contains no fully guaranteed money after this season gives the Jets the option of cutting their loses should he continue to underwhelm. While that should motivate Wilkerson to return to his Pro-Bowl best, unlike last year, an offseason without having to rehab from surgery on a broken leg also bodes in his favor. Overall, the 27-year-old will need to prove worthy of his hefty contract in order to reap the benefits of it down the road.
Wilkerson (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest against the Bills. Wilkerson's ankle injury isn't severe enough to keep him sidelined in Week 17, so he figures to start at defensive end per usual.
Wilkerson (ankle) is active for Saturday's game against New England. Wilkerson played through his injury the past few weeks and it shouldn't hamper him much at all in Week 16.
Wilkerson (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Patriots, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. Wilkerson was limited in practice during the week but he is likely on the probable side of questionable. He played through the issue the past few weeks and will likely do so again against New England.
Wilkerson (ankle) is active for Saturday's matchup with the Dolphins. Wilkerson was questionable for Saturday's game after practicing on a limited basis all week, but he will be able to take the field and line up at his starting defensive end spot like usual.