The New York Jets selected defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson in the first round of this year's NFL Draft and they intend on getting the most use possible out of him right away. Rex Ryan said in his press conference today that Wilkerson will start for the team at defensive end immediately, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the return of free agent Shaun Ellis. Ryan did say that if Ellis returned, he would start in name to keep his streak of starts for the franchise going but Wilkerson would get the bulk of the reps. It will be interesting to see if Ellis would be willing to come back on those terms.
Ryan also said he expects big things out of third year linebacker Jamaal Westerman, who will be a "DPR" or "Designated Pass Rusher" according to him. Westermanis currently the team's top reserve at linebacker and should see substantial action on third downs and other passing situations.
In other news, Brandon Moore and Jerricho Cotchery both have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, yet both claimed today they will be ready sooner rather than later and have no concern about being ready in time for the opener. Cotchery remains available in trade talks, but hopefully the Jets will think better of it and keep him on the roster, considering his value as a slot receiver.