Jets' Milliner gets on field, shoulder is 'great'
The first-round draft pick participated in some drills Wednesday as he joined his teammates on the practice field for the first time in training camp. Milliner signed a four-year deal with the Jets on Monday after a brief holdout.
"Man, it was good," Milliner said after practice. "To get back out here on the field, get through the drills, get back out there with the team. It felt good the whole time I was out there, just (doing) what the trainers asked me and just moving on and progressing."
He has not fully practiced since being drafted by New York in April after having his right shoulder operated on in March. The former Alabama star did some positional and one-on-one drills Wednesday, but did not participate in 11-on-11 team drills.
"It felt great," Milliner said of his shoulder. "I have no problems with it. It felt good, doing all the things that I was doing."
Milliner, the No. 9 overall draft pick, is expected to compete with Kyle Wilson for the starting spot opposite Antonio Cromartie, vacated when the Jets traded Darrelle Revis. He won't be able to do that, though, until he gets to fully practice.
"We'll increase it as we go," coach Rex Ryan said. "He hasn't done any hitting, obviously, so we're doing things with (trainer John Mellody) on the side, you know our trainers, doing some extensions where he's using his hands and his arms and stuff like that."
Ryan hopes Milliner will be able to participate in the team's green-and-white scrimmage Saturday night.
"When you've been out away from it for a while, you always want to get back out there and join the team (and) get back out into hitting," Milliner said. "That's one of the things I like to do, so hopefully I'll get back out there doing that soon."
NOTES: Ryan acknowledged that rookie QB Geno Smith could be used on read-option or wildcat plays even if Mark Sanchez wins the starting job. That plan never worked for the Jets with Tim Tebow -- particularly because Tebow was never considered a true threat to throw the ball. "I think if that's the only thing you do with that position, why don't you just leave a running back in there?" Ryan said. "It's a guy that's trained to do it. If you're going to have a quarterback that has those skills like a (Colin) Kaepernick or somebody like that, then obviously it becomes more of a weapon because you're not just knowing that, `Hey, Tebow's coming in there and he's just going to run the ball,' and that's kind of where we were last year it seemed like." ... Sanchez joked about the attention being given -- even by members of the organization -- to the competition between him and Smith. "For you (media), it's your job, but it's funny to see everybody else charting stuff," he said. "Everything is under scrutiny. There's a ton of pressure. That's the way you like it, that's the way you play this position." ... Rookie DL Sheldon Richardson, the No. 13 overall draft pick, did not fully practice because he had an issue with his teeth. "He has one tooth that needs to come out and maybe like a root canal or something in another one," Ryan said. "Not good."
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