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Muhammad Wilkerson makes AP's All-Pro second team
Muhammad Wilkerson was the only Jet to be named to the Associated Press’ 2013 NFL All-Pro team, selected by a national panel of 50 media members.
A week after his perceived Pro Bowl snub, the Jets defensive lineman was named to the second-team defense -- as a tackle, not defensive end. Wilkerson was joined by fellow tackles Dontari Poe (Kansas City), Jurrell Casey (Titans) and Justin Smith (49ers). Mario Williams of the Billls and Panthers’ Greg Hardy were selected as second-team defensive linemen.
Wilkerson recorded 10.5 sacks and 64 tackles this season and was named the Jets’ MVP by his teammates. But despite his impressive stats, he was selected as a first alternate for the 2014 Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl ballot listed Wilkerson as a defensive end, not tackle -- meaning he was judged alongside primary pass rushers like Hardy, Williams, Robert Quinn (Rams), Cameron Wake (Dolphins) and J.J. Watt (Texans).
Wilkerson echoed the sentiments of Jets fans during a recent radio appearance, saying he “should be playing” in Hawaii.
“I can’t do nothing about it," the third-year defensive end said of his perceived Pro Bowl snub. "But I’m confident in myself. I played good enough this season to be there.”
Rex Ryan agreed.
The Jets head coach touted Wilkerson as a Pro Bowler last year and made it clear that his star lineman deserved to be chosen this year.
“I would be shocked if he isn’t on that list,” Ryan said. “…If Mo doesn’t make it, I don’t get it. It (will be) personal, somebody doesn’t like Mo Wilkerson for some reason.”
For the full All-Pro list, click here.