New York Jets

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AFC EAST - Con­tribut­ing: Lorenzo Reyes, wire re­ports

DL Muham­mad Wilk­er­son, a 2011 first-round pick from Tem­ple, has be­come more vo­cal and ad­dressed the team sev­eral times this pre­sea­son.

“We’re try­ing to for­get last sea­son,” he told re­porters. “As far as the team is con­cerned, the Jets didn’t even play last year. It’s a new Jets team. ”

Wilk­er­son, who signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2020, is com­ing off his worst sea­son dur­ing the Jets’ 5-11 year. He recorded a ca­reer-low 41⁄ sacks and was 2 dis­ci­plined for miss­ing a prac­tice. Un­like last pre­sea­son when he was re­cu­per­at­ing from an­kle surgery, he ap­pears healthy and primed for a big year.

“We’re try­ing to get some­thing good go­ing,” said Wilk­er­son, the long­est-tenured de­fen­sive player.

Rookie watch: WR ArDar­ius Ste­wart saw his first ac­tion of the pre­sea­son, catch­ing two passes for 23 yards. The thir­dround pick from Alabama is re­cov­er­ing from groin and thumb in­juries. Ste­wart has an op­por­tu­nity to see sig­nif­i­cant play­ing time for a woe­fully thin and in­ex­pe­ri­enced re­ceiv­ing corps.

Note­wor­thy: Given the poor per­for­mances by sec­ondyear QB Chris­tian Hack­en­berg this pre­sea­son, it would be a ma­jor up­set if Josh McCown, a 15-year vet­eran, wasn’t un­der cen­ter for Week 1. Head coach Todd Bowles says he will an­nounce the team's start­ing quar­ter­back Aug. 28. ... LB Dar­ron

Lee and DL Leonard Wil­liams have been cleared by the NFL of any vi­o­la­tions of the league's per­sonal con­duct policy fol­low­ing a re­view of an in­ci­dent at a mu­sic fes­ti­val in June. In a mo­ment caught on video, Wil­liams stepped in front of Lee, who had an ar­gu­ment with a girl­friend, ac­cord­ing to coach Todd Bowles. Wil­liams then forcibly re­moved his team­mate from a po­ten­tial altercation.

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