The Jets finished out the 2013 campaign with an 8-8 record, which, by my estimation, constitutes an over achievement from the squad as a whole. It’s only natural that fans would begin to think back on the season as a whole and try to identify the positives and negatives that came out throughout the course of the year. The biggest positive this year for the New York Jets was the outstanding play of Muhammad Wilkerson, who I believe was the team’s most valuable player.
Wilkerson continued to show growth in his third NFL season, one in which, despite missing the Pro Bowl, I think he catapulted himself into the conversation amongst the league elite defensive ends. Wilkerson had 10.5 sacks (more than double his 2012 total), 64 tackles, a safety, two forced fumbles, and an interception on the year. Those are impressive stats from the 24 year old.
I don’t believe there is anyone on this Jets team that came close to impacting the game week in and week out the way that Wilkerson did. You could make a case for middle linebacker David Harris, who lead the team with 124 tackles or Calvin pace who quietly had 10 sacks, but I give the nod to “Beast Mo”.
So congratulations to Muhammad Wilkerson for being named Empire Writes Back Jets 2013 team MVP. A prestigious award to be sure.
Feel free to tell me who your Jets team MVP was for 2013 in the comments.
(all stats via NFL.com)