Friday, May 17, 2013

Antonio Cromartie to cover Jets’ opponents top receivers

When the Jets took Dee Milliner with the ninth overall draft pick, the common belief was that the Alabama cornerback would be the immediate replacement for Darrelle Revis. Technically, Antonio Cromartie filled that role last year and will continue to mark the Jets’ opponents top receiver this year, but Milliner was assumed to be the starting cornerback alongside him. Not so fast, said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on a conference call Wednesday with season ticket holders.

“We feel like he’ll come in and compete with the others, and may the best man win,” Thurman said. We’re always about competition here, you’ve got to go out and you got to compete and you’ve got to earn the job.”

Milliner has yet to hit the field as he rehabs from shoulder surgery. Instead, he was on the sidelines riding the bike and going through rehab with trainers during rookie minicamp.

“If he earns the job, great, if he doesn’t, it just means that someone else stepped up and performed at a high level throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp,” the coordinator said. “We’re going to play the best guys, no matter where they were drafted.”

It's worth keeping in mind, however, that if the Jets had thought highly of Kyle Wilson, they probably wouldn't have considered a cornerback with the ninth overall pick.

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