CORTLAND, N.Y. - Just days after Dee Milliner declared himself the NFL's best cornerback, Mike Westhoff offered a different take on the Jets' former first-round pick.
"I'm not sure he's the best corner in Cortland -- and I might include the university," the former Jets special teams coordinator-turned ESPN analyst said during a network radio interview on Wednesday.
Westhoff, who was on hand for practice, said he wasn't impressed with Milliner's rookie campaign, which included three benchings and ended with the former Alabama star being named the AFC's Defensive Rookie of the Month. Westhoff, who coached with the Jets from 2001-2012, also said the cornerback position is the team's "Achilles' heel" right now.
During a one-on-one blocking drill, Sheldon Richardson and Brian Winters got into a pretty good scuffle at the line. And they were quickly reprimanded.
"Dev yelled at all of us today like, 'Hey, we're a team,' " Willie Colon said, referring to offensive line coach Mike Devlin. "It's easy to go out there and throw blows and get after each other, but we're brothers in arms and we can never lose sight of that. And right after, Winters and Sheldon were hugging and laughing and Q [outside linebacker Quinton Coples] was laughing . . . At some point we get tired of [the defense] talking, we get tired of them yapping and things happen," Colon said. "But it never goes in the locker room."
Skirmishes are a part of training camp. That's why Richardson didn't hold back when he called out veteran center Nick Mangold for holding in Tuesday's practice. "I just had a few words for him. Just letting guys know we're not pushovers," Richardson said. "No matter how many Pro Bowls you went to, you're still going to come out here and put inwork, too. That's just us holding each other accountable."
Rookie first-rounder Calvin Pryor (concussion) did not practice again and Ryan said he has "no idea" when the safety will be medically cleared to practice. Bilal Powell and Johnny Patrick (hamstrings), David Nelson (groin), Alex Green (chest), Zach Thompson (shoulder) and Brandon Hardin (foot) did not practice. Ras-I Dowling (foot) was back at practice, while draft-pick Quincy Enunwa (hip) was limited.