CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Dee Milliner took another step toward competing for a starting job with the New York Jets.
The first-round draft pick participated in some drills Wednesday as he joined his teammates on the practice field for the first time in training camp. Milliner signed a four-year deal with the Jets on Monday after a brief holdout.
"Man, it was good," Milliner said after practice. "To get back out here on the field, get through the drills, get back out there with the team. It felt good the whole time I was out there, just (doing) what the trainers asked me and just moving on and progressing."
He has not fully practiced since being drafted by New York in April after having his right shoulder operated on in March. The former Alabama star did some positional and one-on-one drills Wednesday, but did not participate in 11-on-11 team drills.
"It felt great," Milliner said of his shoulder. "I have no problems with it. It felt good, doing all the things that I was doing."
Milliner, the No. 9 overall draft pick, is expected to compete with Kyle Wilson for the starting spot opposite Antonio Cromartie, vacated when the Jets traded Darrelle Revis. He won't be able to do that, though, until he gets to fully practice.
"We'll increase it as we go," coach Rex Ryan said. "He hasn't done any hitting, obviously, so we're doing things with (trainer John Mellody) on the side, you know our trainers, doing some extensions where he's using his hands and his arms and stuff like that."
Ryan hopes Milliner will be able to participate in the team's green-and-white scrimmage Saturday night.
"When you've been out away from it for a while, you always want to get back out there and join the team (and) get back out into hitting," Milliner said. "That's one of the things I like to do, so hopefully I'll get back out there doing that soon."