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Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson focus on Tom Brady

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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