Jets Notes: Vick, Milliner, Samuel

While Geno Smith still appears on track to start the Jets’ first regular season game, reports have suggested the team could use Michael Vick as a change-of-pace/Wildcat quarterback, and Smith thinks that idea is “definitely something to look into,” as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News details.

“I don’t know how much we’ll do it or if we’ll do it at all,” Smith said. “But every time he’s on the field, [Vick] brings that run-pass option.”

Here’s more on the Jets, who are dealing with a couple injuries to key players at the cornerback position:

  • Dee Milliner, who suffered a high ankle sprain, is expected to miss three or four weeks, according to Ed Werder of (via Twitter). That timetable would still give the cornerback a chance to return for the Jets’ Week 1 game against the Raiders.
  • Although Milliner should return for the regular season, rookie Dexter McDougle will miss the season with a torn ACL, so the Jets are still on the lookout for cornerback depth. In a report for the Daily News, Mehta writes that the club has reached out to veteran free agent Asante Samuel, though the 33-year-old is unlikely to be signed. Rex Ryan‘s team is more likely to add a younger player, per Mehta.
  • Here’s Ryan on the cornerback issue, via Mehta: “I’ve had to deal with those kinds of situations in the past. Adversity to some comes opportunity for others. … We’ll be able to play defense. We have a lot of good football players. So we’ll be fine. … I’ve been talking about our depth. And now we’ll get to see it.”
  • While John Idzik can’t be blamed for injuries, the Jets GM didn’t aggressively address the team’s lack of cornerback depth this offseason, says Rich Cimini of The club replaced the departing Antonio Cromartie with Dimitri Patterson, who has dealt with several injuries of his own in recent years.
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