The visit to Bank of America Stadium marked the 2021 debut for the 24-year-old wide receiver. It saw Wilkerson play four snaps on offense and five snaps on special teams in what became a 24-6 New England win over Carolina.
Fellow wideout N’Keal Harry resided among Sunday’s inactives after being listed as limited and questionable on the final injury report due to a knee issue.
Entering the league with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Wilkerson joined the Patriots’ practice squad at its formation last September. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound target would be elevated for a November matchup with the New York Jets and remained on a futures pact at the conclusion of his rookie campaign.
Wilkerson proceeded to catch 13 passes for 147 yards during the preseason before clearing waivers at the NFL roster deadline.
The Southeast Missouri State product set program records with 219 receptions for 3,540 yards and 33 touchdowns during his Redhawks career. He earned first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a redshirt senior.
Also on Monday, New England waived veteran offensive lineman James Ferentz from the 53-man roster and released fullback Ben Mason as well as center Drake Jackson from the practice squad.
The Cleveland Browns travel to Gillette Stadium for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff next Sunday.