Jets rookie Dee Milliner takes practice field for first time

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

The Jets welcomed rookie cornerback Dee Milliner to the practice field on Wednesday, two days after he signed his contract. Now, the real work begins for a player who could only rehab during offseason workouts.

After competing at the NFL Combine in late February, Milliner had shoulder surgery and didn’t work out on his Pro Day at Alabama or in any private workouts. It didn’t hurt his draft stock as the entirety of his playing career with the Crimson Tide was a highlight reel, but it kept him off the field for rookie minicamp and all offseason workouts including June’s minicamp.

On Wednesday, Milliner was eased into practice and while he wasn’t full on, he was able to do some drills. He showed quick feet and good hips.

“It felt great; I had no problems out there. It felt good,” Milliner said. “I had no problems out there, doing the drills. I did a couple tackling drills. I was fine.”

There is no timetable for him to be cleared for the team sessions. Milliner reported to training camp late Monday and took his physical on Tuesday — a designated day off. He then went straight to the classroom to get caught up to speed for what would await him the next day. His classroom presence during offseason workouts was praised by defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on Monday but it remains to be seen how he will pick up things on the field.

There will be physical components Milliner will need to adjust to but Thurman is just excited to see a player who changes the dynamics of the secondary.

“When you looked at him, he was probably the most complete corner that came out of this year’s draft. I mean, he doesn’t just play the pass, he also plays the run,” Thurman said after Milliner’s signing. “He knows how to play man [and] he knows how to play zone. He understands what it takes to play on the corners mentality. So we expect him to come in and continue to do what he’s doing.”

The consensus top cornerback in this past April’s NFL Draft, Milliner comes to the Jets with a reputation as a good cover cornerback who isn’t afraid of physical play. He has good instincts and a knack of getting to the ball, but he will need more than just that to make it at the next level.

Last week, the Jets lost Aaron Berry to a season-ending knee injury, a blow to a secondary that already saw Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis traded away this offseason. With Berry having a good training camp before the injury, it will place an emphasis on Milliner getting up to speed as quickly as possible.

Jets notes …

» Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was held out of team drills and rode the exercise bicycle, with head coach Rex Ryan saying dental issues kept the player off the field on Wednesday. Ryan was hopeful the situation would be resolved today.

» Also on the exercise bicycle was running back Chris Ivory, who tried team drills but ran off the field early in the session. Ivory has been battling a nagging hamstring injury.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Local

NYS state forces thrift shops comply with ban…

Nine New York City thrift shops were reprimanded by the state attorney general for selling children's clothes with drawstrings around the neck and waist.

Movies

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

Marvel Entertainment's Stan Lee is adding outposts to his creative empire to interest a new generation of children in super heroes of all shapes and sizes.

Television

Mira Sorvino explores immortality on 'Intruders'

Mira Sorvino's new show "Intruders" centers around a secret society that achieves immortality by taking over the bodies of other people.

Television

5 things you need to know about new…

"Doctor Who" returns Saturday with a new star, Peter Capaldi. Here's some things to know about him (mainly his turn as sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker).

Movies

Interview: Elisabeth Moss on not talking about the…

Elisabeth Moss talks about how it's best if you don't know the opening twist in "The One I Love" and giving up Peggy Olson after nine years of "Mad Men."

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

NFL

David Wilson returns to triple jump, sets sights…

Giants fans know David Wilson can jump. They are just more used to seeing him go for backflips, not distance.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Parenting

How everyday moments can inspire kids' creativity

"The Artist's Way for Parents" author Julia Cameron gives advice on how parents and children can be creative together.

Tech

How to stay safe online

Stop worrying about keeping your online passwords safe, and start worrying about keeping your username a secret. Actually, worry about both. According to Shaun Murphy…

Tech

OpenTable now lets you pay your bill via…

The restaurant app OpenTable added the ability to pay your bill (and tip) with your phone, thus cutting back on a few dining annoyances.