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Rex Ryan expects Dee Millner to be in shape, ready to play

CB Dee Milliner sat out Wednesday’s OTA session with a tight hamstring, which was a source of frustration for coach Rex Ryan.

“He has to understand that he has to be in extraordinary shape,” Ryan said (NY Post, June 4). “His challenge is to be in world-class shape because we have to have you out there. He needs to be out there. He needs to get work because that’s how he’s going to get better.”

Milliner missed time last season with a hamstring injury, as well as shoulder and ankle injury.

He is expected to be one of their starting cornerbacks this season.

“Just precautionary,” Milliner said after practice (ESPN, June 4). “I’ll be fine.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This rings of what Rex Ryan did last year with Quinton Coples. Ryan publicly chided the former first rounder from a year ago after what Ryan perceived as not enough work in the weight room.  A few days later, Ryan was asked whether he and Coples had mended fences, to which Ryan responded “let him stew.” (NFL, May 11 2013)

Milliner has already struggled with health issues so far in his rookie season.  It is fair to ask the question as to whether his conditioning (and his shoulder surgery) set him back for the entire 2013 season … he looked good at the end of the season, could he have played better earlier in the season with more time on the field during the spring and summer?

We hope that Milliner can stay healthy for the 2014 season, but there’s no reason that Rex Ryan can’t call out his former ninth overall draft pick on his conditioning if the coach feels it is a problem.  Milliner has to be mature enough to respond the right way and prove Ryan wrong.




13 comments
Joan Israel
Joan Israel

Oh, come on, Brian. The man -- Miliner -- has a hamstring pull. Ever had a hamstring injury? You can't run, you can't do anything. Don't you think Miliner wants to be practicing? Of course he does. To subtly criticize his 'conditioning' commitment when he's hurt is ludicrous. Moronic football coaches -- and I like Rex Ryan -- should know better, and keep their fat mouths shut for a change. Injuries like hamstrings can't be rushed, or else something more damaging will lay Miliner up for a lot longer time period.


Jim Israel

jetlife
jetlife

@Joan Israel The point is that if he was in peak condition, he might not have hurt his hamstring. When it happens two years in a row, it might be a sign that he needs to strengthen his legs more.

williamg1
williamg1

@jake100 He's never missed a game in college or pros. 


You were saying something about "staying on the field?"

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@jake100 A runner should know a strained hamstring isn't serious and that it's good he is being precautionary. Rex is pissed because he wants him in better shape before camp. Lets save the drama for a real injury.

jetlife
jetlife

@williamg1 Not to be a stickler, because I am hoping Dee becomes very successful, but he missed three games last year due to hamstring issues.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@johnnyl65   Rex is cheesed because these injuries are easy to avoid. Your hamstrings must be 80% as strong as your quads. If Milliner's not following that rule, he's going to be hurt all season. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@jetlife @williamg1

Hammies can be tricky.  Revis affected his by a holdout.  Returned but his hamstrings didn't.  Cost him more time productivity-wise.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@johnnyl65 @Jeff E. Guy Think about extenders and curls on a bench. Let's say you're doing extenders with 100 lbs. What ever count you do, you must be able to do the same count of curls with 80 lbs.


Hamstring pulls are usually caused by over developed quads; They push your hams beyond their capacity. 


The problem with humans is this: our eyes look forward. We can see our quads but hamstrings are back there where we can't see them. So we do more extenders than curls. 



johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Jeff E. Guy It was a rhetorical question. Short answer working out,which was what I first said.I was a track athlete and running back I know what pulls hamstrings.Thanks though.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@johnnyl65 @Jeff E. Guy Nothing wrong with jogging either, I never had issues with my legs because I jogged alot, jogging keeps your muscles flexed.