Muhammad Wilkerson: Big Ben has 'poor ball security'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Ben Roethlisberger is playing like Superman. The New York Jets have discovered kryptonite -- or so they believe.

He's prone to fumbling.

"You’ve got to make sure that, when you’re getting up close to him, you wrap him up," defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said Thursday. "We know that he has poor ball security as well, so get after the ball when we get close to him."

Asked for specifics, Wilkerson said, "It's just bad ball security."

In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback has fumbled six times, losing four. Roethlisberger has 15 fumbles in his past 25 games, so, yes, ball security is an issue. But it's strange to hear the Jets, of all teams, talking about an opponent's turnover problem. With only three takeaways, the Jets are on pace to set the record for fewest takeaways in a season. They have one interception and two fumble recoveries, including a gift that came on a bad center-quarterback exchange.

If there is a ball on the ground, there is a good chance the Jets won't get it. Going back to last season, they have recovered only four of 27 fumbles, which is mind-boggling.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman downplayed Roethlisberger's fumbles.

"With 12 touchdown passes, I don't think that's poor ball security," he said.

Big Ben became the first quarterback in history to throw six touchdown passes in back-to-back games.