Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jets Camp No-Shows Stand Out

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jets Camp No-Shows Stand Out

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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan bragged last month about his team's near-perfect attendance for voluntary off-season conditioning and spring practices.

And the Jets again were not far from 100 percent in terms of attendance Thursday, when players were required to report to SUNY- Cortland for training camp.

But two no-shows were very noticeable.

Troubled running back Mike Goodson, who is facing charges of drug and weapons possession stemming from a May arrest, wasn't here and was placed on the reserve/did not report list. And the Jets' first draft pick of 2013, cornerback Dee Milliner, also wasn't present. That's because the ninth overall pick has yet to sign a contract.

Goodson's case was sent to a Morris County grand jury last month. In a statement from the Jets, coach Ryan said, "We knew Mike was not going to report and we understand why he's not here."

The team had no further comment, choosing not to clarify that somewhat cryptic remark.

Goodson's agent, Kennard McGuire, said in a statement: "Mike is attending to some personal matters. The Jets and [general manager] John Idzik are aware and are very supportive."

As for Milliner, he is the only one of the Jets' seven draft picks who has yet to come to terms. The former Alabama standout is expected to compete with fourth-year veteran Kyle Wilson for a starting job after superstar Darrelle Revis was traded to Tampa Bay in April, but Milliner also was unable to participate in spring practice because he was rehabbing from shoulder surgery in March.

When asked about Milliner's absence, Ryan admitted he was "a little disappointed he's not here."

The Jets' other first-round selection, defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson of Missouri, reported to camp hours after signing a four- year deal. The 13th overall pick admitted he was concerned earlier in the week that he might not have a contract in place by Thursday. …

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