Muhammad Wilkerson believes in Geno Smith, confused by Kellen Winslow
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Richard Sherman he is not.
It would be nearly impossible to confuse calm, measured Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson with the Seahawks' loquacious cornerback. But during a Tuesday radio appearance, Wilkerson addressed the Sherman uproar as well as a pair of recent embarrassing incidents involving Wilkerson's teammates.
Sherman's feud with 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree has taken centerstage in the football world, even as the Super Bowl gets set to descend upon the New York/New Jersey area. Some have called Sherman's on-camera outbursts about Crabtree entertaining, others classless.
"Every player's their own man," Wilkerson said on WFAN's Benigno & Roberts. "That's just the type of player he is. I think he's a very talented player. I can't talk about his actions 'cause he's his own man."
The actions of some of Wilkerson's teammates on the other side of the ball have given the Jets some bad press of late.
Quarterback Geno Smith was reportedly involved in a dispute with a flight attendant while his plane was still on the ground last Friday, leading to Smith leaving the plane and being questioned -- but not charged -- by police.
"At the end of the day, nobody's perfect in this world," Wilkerson said. "People make mistakes and whatnot. He's a rookie. He's gonna go through these things. But I'm pretty sure he's gonna learn from it and move on."
But Wilkerson wasn't so chatty about the allegations of synthetic marijuana use and public masturbation facing tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.
"I don't know what to say about that," he said.
Restrained on the radio, Wilkerson was a dominant force on the field in 2013. He was named a second-team All-Pro at defensive tackle, but wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl at his position of defensive end. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie is the team's lone defensive representative.
"I think I should be in the Pro Bowl, but I'm gonna use it as motivation for next year, and I definitely know I'll be there next year," Wilkerson said.
The subject of "next year" in general draws optimism from Wilkerson, who said he was happy the Jets retained head coach Rex Ryan and professed faith in general manager John Idzik's plan for the franchise.
"This year we got our feet wet," he said of the Jets' 8-8 record. "I definitely think next year is gonna be the year."