Thurman aims to get Dee Milliner up to speed

The New York Jets are thrilled to have rookie cornerback Dee Milliner back healthy and in training camp. According to defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, The next step for the young defensive back will be adjusting to the speed of the NFL game.

After a period of time longer than most fans would have liked, the New York Jets have agreed to terms with first round pick Dee Milliner for the 2013 season.

The contract sees Milliner make just over $10 million dollars his rookie year, including a $7 million dollar signing bonus. Milliner will now join the rest of the defense at training camp and work with defensive-minded head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.

"We are excited that he finally signed," said Thurman after hearing the news. "Our expectation is that we have to get him up to speed. He is where he is right now, so you have to take him from the point he is to where we need him to be."

Milliner is expected to begin practice on a limited basis as a precautionary measure. The former Alabama star corner underwent shoulder surgery this past March but passed a team physical after flying up to New York on Monday. Milliner claims he is 100 percent but the coaching staff sees no need to rush the corner's progress in hopes of having him ready for their Week One bout against Tampa Bay.

Despite being out for most of camp, Thurman believes that Milliner will pick up on his system quickly.

"A lot of terminology that we use, Alabama (also) uses," noted Thurman. "He came in, he was on top of things, and he seems to be a fairly smart guy. The biggest transition for him, is going to be the quickness of the game, the speed of the game. How quickly he can get himself acclimated to that will be his biggest challenge."

The ninth overall selection is expected to fill the void left behind by the departure of longtime Jets cornerback, Darrelle Revis. Jets fans will be able to see a great comparison between the two corners in just the first week of 2013 when Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit MetLife stadium to battle against Gang Green. While the former Crimson Tide star will no doubt draw comparisons to Revis all year, coach Ryan believes that it is unfair to compare Milliner to the Pro Bowl corner.

"I understand where people are coming from but Darrelle was a special player," said Ryan. "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. I think that's going to be good enough."

Teammate Antonio Cromartie shared Ryan's assertion stating that it is important that Milliner not take the comparisons either too harshly or too lightly. He told the rookie via Twitter to come to camp ready to work.


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