The Packers defense was atrocious in 2017. That’s been well documented. One of the primary reasons for their subpar performance was their failure to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Welcome newcomer Muhammad Wilkerson, who the Packers signed to a one year, $5 million “prove-it” deal.
The Jury Is Out
MW is a physical specimen, who when he’s on his game, is an intimating force coming off the edge. He has bonafide run-stuffing ability and underrated ability to rush the quarterback.
Though his signing should be a source of hope for Packers fans he is no sure thing.
The last two seasons have seen him combine for a dismal 8 sacks and 118 tackles. To make matters worse he has a less than stellar locker room reputation and is not known for being a team player.
Last seaon the Jets placed him on the inactive list for their last three games due to conduct detrimental to the team. He seemed to run out of gas and lose his purpose for playing the game.
And true to their word, the Jets released him.
Winning To Losing
One of the reasons MW went downhill is that the Jets went from a playoff contender to one of the NFL’s biggest laughingstocks.
Though this is no excuse MW is now in a locker room led by veterans, such as, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Mike Daniels.
The Packers are hoping his new environment and the chance to win the Super Bowl will reignite his competitive juices.
Muhaammad Wilkersons Past Successes
In 2013, he amassed 10.5 sacks and 63 tackles and in 2015 he had 12 sacks and 64 tackles. In 2015, the Jets went 10-6 and were just one win away from clinching an AFC Wild Card spot.
MW is being reunited with his former defensive coordinator with the Jets, Mike Pettine. He played under Pettine’s leadership his first two seasons in the league.
That means he knows the system and his Pettine’s leadership style whic he seemed to thrive under.
Towing The Line
Not only is MW reuniting with Pettine but he is also joining one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. The trio of Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, and Wilkerson have the makings of a veritable nightmare for opposing offensive lines and their vulnerable quarterbacks!
I predict MW will have a monster year for the Packers amassing 60 or more tackles and a minimum of 10 sacks. He will be a key contributor to our much improved defense and his signing will become one of the most successful defensive free agent acquisitions in Packers history.