ESPN’s Rich Cimini believes newly signed DE Muhammad Wilkerson will likely begin training camp on the active/PUP list, while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered in last year’s Week 17 game against the Bills.
According to Cimini, Wilkerson is doing well in his rehab, but the Jets still want to be cautious with him, especially during the early stages of training camp.
Wilkerson, who just signed a five-year extension with the Jets worth $86 million yesterday, is on track to be ready for the Jets Week 1 matchup against the Bengals.
Wilkerson, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract with the team and was in line to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason before the Jets used their franchise tag on him and surprisingly locked him up to a long-term deal just before the deadline.
In 2015, Wilkerson recorded 59 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and six pass defenses over the course of 15 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 defensive end in a 3-4 system out of 57 qualifying players.