Milliner takes the lead from Cromartie, Ryan

With Darrelle Revis gone and playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, someone else will have to answer the calling in the New York Jets' secondary. A combination of Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, and Dee Milliner may help Jets fans forget No. 24.

The New York Jets are trying to move on and forget Darrelle Revis, who is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Revis Island is no longer located in East Rutherford, NJ. The best cornerback has brought his talents to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the Jets traded him before April's draft.

Gang Green may not have their shut down cornerback anymore, but they still have collectively one of the best groups of defensive backs in the league.

Rookie Dee Milliner will be a part of the healing process. He was selected No. 9 overall in April's draft and is expected to see time in nickel and dime packages during his first season in the league.

The Jets will be putting Antonio Cromartie on opponents' top receivers this season. Milliner has watched Cromartie play during training camp and finds the veteran to be very helpful.

"Oh yeah, very much," Milliner said. "He's one of the veterans on the team, a great defensive back. He always helps you out. He talks to me a lot, talks to the other defensive backs also. (He) just (tells us) things that he's learned over the years and things that can help you out."

Cromartie is used to being the go-to-guy as he was relied upon to be the top cornerback when he entered the league with the San Diego Chargers. Last season Cromartie was called upon to take the place of Revis when he went down with an ACL injury. He answered the call with a dominant season and made the Pro Bowl team with three interceptions.

The Jets also saw Kyle Wilson show vast improvement during his second season in the NFL. He had 48 combined tackles and an interception. Wilson is expected to be on the opposite side of Cromartie in the starting lineup. The rookie Milliner is beginning to see more snaps as training camp continues to move forward.

"I did a lot today," Milliner explained. "I actually ran through a lot more team things. Yesterday I just did like seven-on-seven and one-on-one's, stuff like that. But I did mostly everything today, except the goal-line, short-yardage part. It felt great to be back out there moving around with the team."

Milliner is not expected to replace Revis, but he will see the playing time right away. He's in a different situation than he was in during college. Alabama University has won the past two BCS National Championships and is expected to contend. The Jets are not projected to make the playoffs this season and are flying under the radar.

Other than his team not being expected to win, Milliner does not see a big difference between college and the NFL.

"It's not different at all, really," Milliner added. "Coach Rex (Ryan), he's always involved with everything. He was just like Coach (Nick) Saban. He wanted to be around the defense, around the players, just try to be around everybody, get them acquainted with everything and get knowledge from all the players. So it's mostly like the same thing. He's around everyone; all the coaches are very, very involve, so it's really the same."

The Jets made major changes during the offseason. They began rebuilding and parted ways with a lot of veterans, including Revis.

Gang Green hopes the combination of Cromartie, Wilson, and Milliner can help them forget their former shutdown cornerback and ease into a transition. Revis Island is no longer in the Meadowlands, someone else has to answer the calling.


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