For Wilkerson, this was an important meeting since he has been in limbo as far as trying to learn Rex Ryan’s defense. He received a playbook the day after he was drafted _ the lockout had been lifted briefly at that time _ but is hoping to pick his teammates’ brains to try to learn it.
“I’ll bring that tomorrow and the guys will help me out with that, too,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to what we started today.”
Wilkerson has been working out on his own at his old high school in Linden, N.J., so this get-together was a welcome change. He also impressed his new teammates.
“I’ll tell you what, he’s a natural athlete,” DeVito said. “We’d tell him something one time and he’s already got it. Just from this little bit today, you can tell he’s going to be good. That’s a great sign.”
“Right now, I would say I’m about 75 percent,” said Pitoitua, who added that doctors told him his recovery would take about 18 months. “I need to try to get the strength back. Right now, the strength is still a little weak, so I’m doing exercises and I have a routine.”
Pouha thinks the attendance will increase during the next few weeks as more teammates get word of the workouts and make room in their schedules. Meanwhile, the players will just try to keep preparing for a football season.
“My wrists are still getting used to the jolting,” Pouha said, shaking his hands, “and my reads are barely coming out of hibernation, I guess you could say, but it was good to be out here.”