Justin Miller was in his comfort zone today. On the field with his teammates, his physical gifts were on display at the New York Jets' fifth OTA practice.
"I always appreciate being out here. This is a great team, this is a great organization," Miller said following the team's workout. "I am around a bunch of great guys and great coaches and players and everybody involved in this organization. I appreciate every day I'm out here."
Eleven days ago, Miller was charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault after an incident in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. He was contrite as he addressed the media following practice.
"It's an unfortunate situation," he said. "Right now it's a legal matter that I can't discuss, but I'd like to reiterate my apology to my team, to my organization, and my fans."
Miller acknowledged that he had spoken with the National Football League but couldn't elaborate further. His goal is improvement – on the field and off the field.
"I think we learn stuff every day. Each day I am still learning to get better," he said. "Each day I walk out here I learn something new, whether it's in the classroom or in life. My main focus is to get better as a person."
The Jets, as per organizational policy, will continue to handle the situation internally. Miller, the Jets' lone Pro Bowl player from a season ago, opened practice returning kickoffs. The special teams ace also was seen mentoring Darrelle Revis as the rookie got his chance on a few returns.
"This is what we're here for – we are here to play football and have fun and make this team better as an organization," he said.