CORTLAND, N.Y. – Dee Milliner finally was back on a football field wearing his No. 27 jersey.
The rookie cornerback, who arrived late Monday after agreeing to a four-year deal, was limited in his first day of training camp.
“Man, it was good,” said Milliner, who is four months removed from shoulder surgery. “To get back out here on the field, get through the drills, get back out there with the team. It felt good the whole time I was out there, just doing what the trainers asked me and just moving on and progressing.”
He took part in pass-catching drills with the rest of the defensive backs to start practice and showed no signs of sluggishness as he cut in either direction before leaping up for the ball. Milliner also was with the first-team defense during walkthroughs.
Milliner said he had “no problems” with his right shoulder, even during some tackling drills. But he still expects the training staff to ease him back in. Rex Ryan, however, is hoping the ninth overall pick in April’s draft will be able to play in Saturday’s Green & White scrimmage.
For now, all Milliner can do is wait to be cleared for full participation.
“Oh yeah, very much,” Milliner said, when asked how eager he is to get back to full contact. “When you’ve been out away from it for a while, you always want to get back out there and join the team and get back out into hitting. That’s one of the things I like to do, so hopefully I’ll get back out there doing that soon.”
As for when he’ll get his first training camp interception ... only time will tell.
“I don’t know, man,” he said with a smile. “I’m working at it, trying to do some things and hopefully I get one.”
RICHARDSON SITS. Fellow first-round pick DL Sheldon Richardson spent much of practice on the stationary bike because of a toothache.
The 6-3, 294-pound Richardson, who later was an on-field spectator during the team-drill portion of practice, declined to speak to reporters after practice. But Ryan later explained the injury, adding that the rookie likely will need a root canal soon.
MORE INJURY/PRACTICE NOTES: Chris Ivory admitted he’s now getting frustrated with his hamstring. The running back -- who practiced for the first time on Monday – walked off the field Wednesday with head trainer John Mellody as team drills were set to begin. “I guess i wasn’t ready,” Ivory said, adding that he expects to sit out tomorrow.
…Rookie O-lineman Brian Winters got first-team reps at guard because Stephen Peterman has a shoulder injury, according to Ryan.
…After WR Ben Obomanu and S Brett Lockett got tangled up and tumbled to the grass during a special teams drill, Obomanu got up and pushed Lockett, whose back was turned. The unexpected blow even caused Lockett’s mouth guard to fly out. The safety repeatedly told Obomanu to “chill,” but the wideout wouldn’t hear it.
“You ain’t made a play all training camp,” yelled Obomanu, who continued to chirp in Lockett’s face for several minutes after the play ended.
…Ryan said he expects the team to "go live" on Thursday, meaning there will be heavy emphasis on pad-crunching goal-line drills.