"Those guys they brought there are pretty good players, probably some elite players at their position," Wilfork told reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. "That's something we're going to have to deal with on the field."
The Jets have had a relentlessly aggressive offseason when it comes to transactions. They traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl MVP receiver Santonio Holmes on Sunday night. The Patriots, meanwhile, have concentrated on re-signing their own players and haven't made any attention-grabbing moves.
But Wilfork isn't about to crown the Jets favorites in the AFC East.
The Patriots are the defending champs, and head coach Bill Belichick still has those rings Rex Ryan refuses to kiss.
"On paper, you can look great," Wilfork said. "I'm pretty sure a lot of teams look great on paper. Putting it together is another thing. We can't focus on what they're going to do. We can only focus on our strengths and how we can get better, day by day, each week.
"When that time comes, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a big deal -- the Jets and the Patriots."