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Ryan tries to avoid Milliner-Revis comparisons

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The Jets just got first-rounder Dee Milliner under contract.

So they want to make sure not to put too much on him too fast.

Jets coach Rex Ryan tried to soften the inevitable comparisons to former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, saying Milliner’s talent will stand on its own.

“I understand where people are coming from,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But Darrelle was a special player. We’ll see what kind of player Dee is. Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis. He’s going to be Dee Milliner. And I think that’s going to be good enough.”

Milliner reported to camp today, but wasn’t able to get there in time to practice. With a day off schedule for tomorrow, he’ll hit the field for the first time Wednesday, and begin the process of claiming the starting job oppositie Antonio Cromartie.

“He’s got to earn it,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. “He knows that. We know it. You don’t just give anybody anything in this league. You have to earn it. Do we expect him to be involved and highly competitive to be a starter? That’s our anticipation. But we’ll see.”

“He’s got to catch up. We got to make sure he is mentally where we need him to be.”

Milliner missed most of the offseason work after shoulder surgery, and will need to get up to speed soon, as he’s expected to start right away.

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11 Responses to “Ryan tries to avoid Milliner-Revis comparisons”
  1. sandersmarcus10 says: Jul 29, 2013 2:57 PM

    Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis. He’s going to be Dee Milliner. And I think that’s going to be good enough.”

    Enough said!

  2. ryann252013 says: Jul 29, 2013 3:04 PM

    Well said Rex Ryan, Dee shouldn’t have to fill big shoes and have the pressure to replace Revis and become the next big thing. Leave that to Cromartie.

  3. supremekingz says: Jul 29, 2013 3:16 PM

    Looking at the Jets roster from top to bottom, Antonia Cromartie is the most talented player they have. That’s saying something.

    I can’t think of any team that looks worse on paper than the Jets. The NFL is very unpredictable, but its hard to fathom a team with less talent than this.

    0-16, 1-15 is a REAL possibility

  4. hehateme2 says: Jul 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    The only question for me is if Milliner will be looking to bolt from NJ as fast as Mevis did….

    With the lame duck coaching status and little talent, it’s going to be another disappointing period for the jests.

  5. whatnojets says: Jul 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    New name for Met Life Stadium:

    “Dee Place”

  6. dannomac21 says: Jul 29, 2013 3:34 PM

    When did the Jets sign Monta Ellis?

  7. whiteknightblackheart says: Jul 29, 2013 3:59 PM

    Jets are still going to go 9-7. Book it.

  8. ampats says: Jul 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    Ryan wants to avoid the Milliner-Revis comparisons as he knows soon everyone will begin the Ryan-Kotite comparison.

  9. 69finfan says: Jul 29, 2013 4:08 PM

    So, as much as Rexy might be trying to avoid a Milliner-Revis comparison I give it at most a couple of games before Rexy not only compares but claims that Milliner is better than Revis because no matter how hard Rexy tries, he can’t stay away from inserting his foot in his mouth.

  10. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 29, 2013 5:07 PM

    C’mon Ampats…you yourself have to admit that your last comment was incredibly lame …

    (you gotta do much better than that…)

  11. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 29, 2013 5:08 PM

    Yo NFL?
    Welcome to Dee-vis Island!

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