Responding to a recent newspaper story that described him as grossly overweight, New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson posted a video Wednesday on his Instagram account in which he mocks the notion that he has a weight problem.
"They say I'm fat and out of shape? Haha," Wilkerson says on the video, laughing. "Keep sleeping on me. I'm telling you. I love it."
Wilkerson's face is seen on the video, but not his body. He's sweating as he appears to be walking or running on a treadmill in a gym.
Quoting unnamed scouts, the New York Daily News reported Wilkerson looked "sloppy" and "absolutely terrible" while attending the Temple pro day as a spectator. (Wilkerson played football at Temple.) The newspaper didn't cite his current weight or provide any photographic evidence.
Wilkerson was listed on the Jets' roster last season at 315 pounds. It was a disappointing year for the former Pro Bowl player, who amassed only 4.5 sacks after signing a five-year, $86 million contract before training camp.
The offseason program, which is voluntary, begins April 17. Wilkerson has been working out at a facility in Orlando, Florida, and in New Jersey.