The New York Jets will open up the regular season on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET against the Oakland Raiders and rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who has injected new life into this franchise with an exceptional preseason and the possibility of a Russell Wilson-esque emergence as the franchise QB. Carr’s severely under-appreciated athleticism and ridiculous arm strength will cause the Jets problems, especially since it seems increasingly less likely that second-year pro Dee Milliner will play on Sunday.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, converted CB Antonio Allen seems ready to return, but Milliner is still “unlikely” to play against the Raiders. This jibes with a report from the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta, but I’m sure many people will hold out hope that the team’s most talented corner can play. That said, the Jets also need to be cautious with their young star, as they wouldn’t want to mis-manage his ankle injury, especially since he seems poised for a huge season.
Without Milliner, the Jets will have to focus on pressuring Carr early and often with that elite defensive line, and a quick start from Quinton Coples to a hopeful breakout season wouldn’t hurt either. The biggest knock on Carr in college was his footwork and mechanics, which seemed to deteriorate under pressure, though his pathetic offensive line at Fresno State didn’t exactly help matters either.
Cimini reports that Milliner was seen doing some jogging and agility work in the “rehab area” of practice.