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Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson focus on Tom Brady

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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New York Jets draft pick Dee Milliner said all the right things about replacing Darrelle Revis. He was cool and confident without being too cocky.

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He saved his money quote for when he was asked about defending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

"It's always a good challenge to go up against one of the greatest quarterbacks in our division. I'm looking forward to that," the former Alabama cornerback said Thursday, via USA Today. "Hopefully, I get my hands on a couple of his balls and take them back."

During the montage following the Jets selecting Milliner at No. 9 overall, NFL Network's Mike Mayock lamented that the only thing missing from the corner's game was an ability to catch the ball. So getting a hand on Brady's passes will be one thing. Catching them and taking them back will be something the rookie will have to work out.

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The theme of the night for the Jets -- much to the dismay of some fans at Radio City Music Hall -- was defense, with an eye on slowing down the Patriots' future Hall of Fame quarterback.

"Everybody wants a piece of Tom Brady and guys of their stature," defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said after the Jets took him No. 13 overall. "They don't get touched a lot, really, or throw picks. So we've got to make him do that."

While Jets fans might not be thrilled to have parlayed Revis into a rookie corner and a non-flashy defensive tackle -- who is a stud, by the way -- stacking pieces aimed at decelerating Brady's dominance never is a bad thing.

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