Out on the adjacent football fields to SUNY Cortland between the white tents constructed for fans and the metal bleachers there has been a conspicuous absence.
Cornerback Dee Milliner the ninth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and the first of the Jets’ two opening-round selections has been away — submerged in a contract-driven holdout.
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson the Jets’ other first-round pick signed on the morning the Jets reported here. As did wide receiver Braylon Edwards for a third stint with the organization.
Milliner has not been seen. He has missed two practices. In that time the Jets have already lost one cornerback Aaron Berry to a season-ending injury.
It has been a rough start to Milliner’s pro career. He was drafted as a hopeful replacement for Darrelle Revis. In a poetic twist he has begun his time with the Jets the same way Revis did — by being absent. Revis missed the first 22 practices of training camp in 2007 when he was a rookie.