Link: Walls struggles in replacement of Milliner

After playing well in substitution work over the first three weeks of the season, CB Darrin Walls had his first start with the Jets yesterday and Walls struggled in the expanded role against the Titans in Nashville. Walls wasn’t happy with his play and told Mack Browne of the Star-Ledger as much yesterday.

His rough day started with a third-and-long holding call that he had on Titans wide receiver Damien Williams that led to a Titans first down and field goal.

“I was really excited to go out there and play and get the opportunity to show why the coaches have confidence in me, but obviously, I don’t think I did enough out there to show how I can really play,” Walls said. “I didn’t get the job done today.”

But, before that, on the same drive, he was beat by Williams twice — once for 25 yards and another for 12 yards — and those catches were critical in the movement of the possession.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I’m glad the team gave Walls a crack at the starting lineup, but the results didn’t go as the coaches planned. The article also details the jump ball to Justin Hunter right before the half. Ryan explains that everyone knew what the play was, and unfortunately Walls wasn’t able to compete with Hunter on the ball that was an essentially telegraphed play.

Rookie Dee Milliner said last week that he felt he could have played for the Jets last week had the Jets really needed him. Expect that with the extra day of rest between now and the next game that Milliner will have had enough time to heal up.

So who starts opposite Antonio Cromartie next week?

Love him or hate him, don’t be surprised should the Jets might return next week to Kyle Wilson as the starter. If Jake Locker and a young and rising group of Tennessee receivers can beat Walls that badly, think about what Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas and Roddy White might be able to do against this unit? The Jets are going to need all hands on deck next week against the Falcons.