"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."
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.