The New York Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they then drafted Dee Milliner. As if being a first round draftpick isn’t rough enough, walking into a player like Revis’ shoes makes that mountain even harder to climb.
How about when your coach says you’ll never live up to it?
“Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis,” Ryan said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “He’ll just be Dee Milliner, and I think that will be good enough.”
Dee Milliner has shoulder surgery this offseason and it kept him out of offseason workouts but he is set to begin practicing with his teammates Tuesday. Milliner is saying he is ready to go but the Jets will limit his participation.
“I know I’ll be ready for contact,” Milliner said.
Antonio Cromartie will probably be expected to be the guy for the Jets defense at cornerback while Dee Milliner makes the transition to the NFL and adjusts to the game. It would be wise to expect some growing pains from Milliner this season. Missing a large chunk of the Jets offseason program has already put him behind his teammates. It is one thing to hold out as a veteran familiar with the system, it’s another to miss it as a rookie coming in.