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Dee Milliner practices and may play vs. Patriots

Dee Milliner warms up before a game against

Dee Milliner warms up before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- After weeks of being a bystander, Dee Milliner finally was on the practice field -- in pads.

Ryan said he's "absolutely" optimistic the rookie cornerback will be healthy enough to play in Sunday's game against New England. Milliner has been sidelined with a various injuries since his April draft selection. Most recently, he's been nursing a hamstring injury. Though limited in practice Wednesday, his presence against the Patriots will be needed, especially with fellow corner Kyle Wilson sidelined by a concussion.


How to be an elite QB

Ever wonder what it takes to be an elite quarterback? According to Geno Smith, elite QBs have a knack for making the guys around them better. It's a trait that's not only unique, but also inherent. So how long does it take one to reach elite status? "The key thing is being patient," said the rookie, who has 10 interceptions and three fourth-quarter comeback drives. "I think it's something that's already in you. It just has to develop and become prevalent."

Brady out for blood?

When a TV reporter likened Tom Brady to a vampire that "needs to have a stake stuck in his heart to not come back," Ryan joked, "I thought about doing all that stuff, but I think the league would fine you."

Jet streams

Speaking of "elite," Ryan said the defense shouldn't be considered one of the best if it doesn't produce turnovers. "That's probably what's keeping us from taking that step," he said. " . . . We will be good, really good. But, to be elite? . . . Elite to me would be the '85 Bears, the back-in-the-day Steelers, the 2000 Ravens. That, to me, is elite. We're not there, but we're certainly striving to get there." . . . Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring) and newly-signed WR Greg Salas (knee) did not practice.

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