According to the New York Post, Jets head coach Rex Ryan did say that rookie Dee Milliner will play this week after being benched last week, but wouldn’t name him as one of his defensive starters.
“I don’t know. He’s going to start some of the defense, maybe not all of it. I don’t think he’s in there on goal line, I think Kenrick [Ellis, nose tackle] is in there on goal line,’’ Ryan chuckled.
“How do you say is Quinton Coples a starter? Is Garrett McIntyre a starter? Is Calvin Pace a starter? Is Antwan Barnes? The answer is always yes: These guys start. Is he going to be trotting out there in the first snap? I don’t know what [formation] they’re in. So I don’t want to say that and then all of a sudden I lied to you guys. I don’t want to do that. But he’s going to play a great deal for us.’’
Ryan can dance around the question all he wants, but if Milliner was a starter he wouldn’t have a problem saying so.