The New York Jets will open up the regular season on Sunday against rookie quarterback Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders, and Carr is generating plenty of buzz in the lead up to his debut, especially since he’ll be facing a beat-up Jets secondary. The disparity in talent between the Jets elite defensive line and thin secondary is vast, so the key for the Jets will be to put pressure on the rookie early and often (ability under pressure was a knock against Carr while at Fresno State).
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jets second-year cornerback Dee Milliner still isn’t practicing, but head coach Rex Ryan still isn’t ruling him out. He’s keeping open the idea of the Jets risking a young, important, and injured player to be out there on a “limited basis” on Sunday. Mehta tops off the tweet by stating that Milliner “won’t play”, which is reflected in these two reports. Of course, there’s plenty of strategic benefit in avoiding to rule out a key player.
Milliner is the Jets most talented cornerback, and he is expected to become a shutdown CB in the near future after consistently improving with each passing week last year. The consensus top CB in the 2013 NFL Draft class, Milliner was an excellent pick-up, but it took him some time to get used to the NFL pace. Once he did, he responded well to being picked on, and hopefully he can be fully healthy for Week 2; nobody should expect him to play this week, but he still has a chance.