Buried under the mounds of Deshuan Watson rumors, there is a very small groundswell forming that is noticing that Christian Wilkins is having himself his best year as a professional. It’s a small group that knows how Wilkins is performing and we know that we will never be really heard because of all the Watson and Tua stuff along with the fact that Christian Wilkins plays for the Dolphins and nobody outside of Miami cares about the Dolphins unless something really stupid is happening with the team which unfortunately is all the time.
The fact remains, Christian Wilkins has improved from last year and he has a chance of making the pro-bowl if he keeps up the really good work he is dishing out each Sunday.
Though the Dolphins are one of the worst teams against the run, Wilkins has solidified himself as a very good run-stuffing interior lineman.
Wilkins has also doubled his sack output from last year with three sacks in six games. That’s not a crazy number I know but this guy is mostly used as a defensive tackle but when he’s been given the chance to rush as a defensive end, he has shown improved foot speed and hand placement(those phrases are going to make some reading this all types of tingly) to get to quarterbacks. He had a very nice strip-sack on Trevor Lawerence last week coming from the outside. As per the Miami Herald’s Daniel Oyefusi, Wilkins has also already set career marks in TFLs(more football jargon you can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy about), and quarterback hits.
My only thing with Wilkins, and I don’t even know if this is true or not, is that I would love for him to become more of the de facto leader on defense. I know Xavien Howard is there and he is leaps and bounds better than Wilkins. I know it and you know that. But I think Wilkins would be better suited to galvanize that side of the ball. Maybe I’m way off with that but I think players would respond better to Wilkins the leader as compared to Howard. Never met either of them and I’m sure I never will. Call me Newton because it’s just an observation just don’t try to beat me up like you’re Clint from Dazed and Confused. With Wilkins upping his game to a more than respectable level, maybe it could happen.
Either way, watch Christian Wilkins on Sunday. Really focus on him and you won’t be disappointed.