Dee Milliner said on Wednesday that he could be the guy to replace Darrelle Revis.
Now he has to prove it.
The Jets selected the Alabama DB with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft. Despite some lingering medical concerns, which could keep him out for roughly another month, Milliner was confident that he'd be ready to go by the start of training camp.
Milliner played his senior year with a torn labrum and had surgery following the season, his fifth career surgery. The other surgeries: right knee scope, sports hernia, right tibia stress fracture and another shoulder surgery.
The 5-11, 200-pound cornerback rose from the ranks of Nickel corner to starter once Dre Kirkpatrick went to the Bengals in the 2012 Draft. Injury concerns aside, he provides the Jets with an athletic, physical presence at the position alongside Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson.
In total, he started 30 of 39 games for the Crimson Tide, finishing with 136 tackles and six interceptions.
At the combine he ran a 4.37 40-yard dash.