Much has yet to be determined when it comes to the New York Jets. A much-publicized quarterback battle likely between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith dominates headlines. Other areas have yet to be decided in terms of starter.
New York made a blockbuster move by trading Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By coincidence, the Jets landed Dee Milliner whom many feel has potential to one day as good as Revis. Milliner comes from Alabama where he demonstrated an ability to limit the opponent’s passing game. Health became the only major red flag prior to the 2013 NFL Draft.
Milliner had five surgeries during his collegiate career. His latest was a procedure to fix a torn labrum in the right shoulder. Previously stated was the fact that Milliner never missed in a game in college. He continues to rehab this injury and expects to be ready for Week 1 against Tampa Bay. According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said that there are no guarantees that Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson will top the depth chart. Thurman stated “We feel like he’ll come in and compete with the others, and may the best man win.” This statement keeps in line with the philosophy of general manager John Idzik’s philosophy that players must earn everything despite past accomplishments.
Cromartie is a two-time Pro Bowl selection during his career. Wilson was taken 29th overall in 2011’s Draft. He shows potential but needs to play with more discipline. Milliner may have a chance to beat out the Wilson for the second spot. Cromartie, however, most likely will continue to play the opposing number 1 recover.