May 10, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets rookie cornerback Dee Milliner (27) during New York Jets rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
I think that I am not only speaking for myself when I say, I don’t like when guys holdout. In many situations I understand it, such as when veterans do it. They want to protect themselves and their investment. But when a rookie does it, it’s even more ridiculous, as we have said, the salaries are pre-determined. The only thing to debate is language of the contract, which is such minutiae it’s going to annoy the average fan. And they are typically behind on their learning, which isn’t good on its own.
In walks Dee Milliner, after four days of a holdout. As I have written before, it’s not a great precedent to set for sitting our at any point during the season. Finally, however, he is in camp. He feels confident that he is where he needs to be with his knowledge of the defense:
Not really. I’ve seen the plays, been a part of them at practice, watching, learning. I just haven’t been on the field but it’s football so you get back out there, get back in the roll of things. I know I’ll be fine. Like I said, it’s just getting back to it and actually going out there and playing.
It has been the longest time away from football for him, but, according to Milliner, he has recovered 100% from his shoulder injury and is ready to go:
I’m 100 percent back. Like I said, when I get back on the field, (I’m) just listening to the trainers. You just can’t jump out there, jump into things and go full throttle hitting people and stuff. (I’m) just listening to my trainers. Whatever they tell me to do I’m going to do it. I got back probably right before I left. Before I left to go on break, I was doing ok from there.
It’s good to hear that he is ready to get on the field. I personally think he is exaggerating about how ready he is with the knowledge. Yes he has studied, and been here during minicamp, but there is no substitute for being on the field with your team. Four days are still four days, he has to be a little bit behind.
Hopefully he can catch up quickly, because we need him.