As far as New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is concerned, rookie cornerback Dee Milliner is never going to be Revis Island, the nickname for former Jets shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis.
And that's not a problem for the Jets.
“Dee Milliner is never going to be Darrelle Revis,” Ryan told reporters. “He'll just be Dee Milliner, and I think that will be good enough.”
Signed to a four-year, $12.66 million contract and coming off offseason shoulder surgery, Milliner passed his physical and is expected to start practicing Wednesday at the soonest.
Milliner is a big, strong first-round draft pick from Alabama who plays with a different style from Revis.
“I tell you what: I hope when he plays, there are those comparisons,” Ryan said. “I understand where people are coming from, but Darrelle was a special player. We'll see what kind of player Dee is.”
Added veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie: “He can't be compared. He's got to make sure he doesn't get caught up in trying to be compared to him. He's his own man, Darrelle is his own man. The only thing he has to do is be Dee Milliner.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.