Rex Ryan passes on comparing Dee Milliner to Darrelle Revis

Dee Milliner will instantly be expected to contribute to a now-depleted secondary. Credit: Getty Images
Dee Milliner will instantly be expected to contribute to a now-depleted secondary.
Credit: Getty Images

After a holdout that cost Dee Milliner the first four days of training camp, the Jets finally came to terms with their first-round pick late on Sunday night. The signing of Milliner, the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, means the Jets have signed the entirety of their draft class as they look to overhaul what was a veteran roster a year ago.

Milliner’s mini-holdout was the result of an impasse over offset language in his contract. Milliner, largely considered the top cornerback in the draft, getting over that impasse was important to now get him into camp. He was expected to take a physical on Monday but did not practice with his new teammates.

Head coach Rex Ryan was excited to get his potential lockdown cornerback into training camp.

“In college, he was a tremendous player obviously,” Ryan said. “With that being said, there’s always an adjustment playing at this level.”

Shoulder surgery in March, his fifth major surgery in the past few years, kept Milliner out of rookie minicamp, offseason workouts and mandatory minicamp last month. While he was able to rehab and mentally participate in practice, he did lose valuable time in learning and interacting with the defense due to his rehabilitation.

Ryan wasn’t certain if Milliner would be back and physically ready for training camp but he praised the player for rehab work and his dedication to studying the Jets defensive scheme.

With the Jets having traded away All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason, there will forever be comparisons between Milliner and the man known as “Revis Island.” But Ryan, who never saw a Jets player he didn’t like to hype or place into Canton, would not overstate the potential impact of his rookie cornerback.

And he certainly didn’t draw any comparisons to Revis, who when healthy is arguably the top defensive player in the NFL.

“I tell you what, I hope when he plays there’s those comparisons. I understand where people are coming from but Darrelle was a special player and we’ll see how good Dee is,” Ryan said. “Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis; he’s going to be Dee Milliner. And I hope that’s good enough.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer for live coverage and photos from training camp.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Easter 2014: The year's best bonnets

It's Easter, and that means it's time for Fifth Avenue to turn into a veritable catwalk of bonnet-wearers. The annual march, which kicks off at…

Local

Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping of baby in…

Authorities said that a Queens woman behind an attempted kidnapping of an 8-month-old baby boy was arrested on Saturday.

Local

Hate crime charge in attack on Sikh Columbia…

A man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly pulled the beard of a Sikh Columbia University professor as part…

Local

NYPD arrest man after finding body inside plastic…

Police said they found a man stuffed inside a plastic container in a Brooklyn home. Authorities arrested Joshua Simser, 24, in connection to the death

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

The Word

Miley Cyrus cancels more dates, tweeting from hospital

Miley Cyrus is reportedly so sick that she's had to postpone more tour dates. We know this because she has been sitting in a hospital…

Music

Loop are, er, um, back in the loop

Experimental noise rock band Loop's three mid-1980s to early-1990s albums, “Heavens End,” “Fade Out” and “A Gilded Eternity,” were mercifully reissued.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.