Dee Milliner named Defensive Rookie of the Month

Dee Milliner follows up his Defensive Player of the Week title with a Defensive Rookie of the Month award.

“Milliner unofficially is the first NFL player with back-to-back games of five or more pass defenses since 1994, when Stats Inc. first began tracking PDs,” according to Randy Lange.

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Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

Miliner was the best cb in the league the last month. Geno was in the top 50% of QBs, and even Winters had a good last game(his first). Now is we can sign Boldin, Tate, Decker, or Macklin, plus draft 2 of the top 10 outside WRs (I think there or nearly 10 big WRs who should have a 2nd round or higher grade this year), plus one more slot guy/returner out of the top 20 which I think arguably will have a 3rd round talent (A few of them should drop into the fifth round or later). Then get us one of the top 5 full sized (6'5" 260lb sub 5.7) TEs plus one with upside in the 3rd or 4th we should be all set. This looks to be a deep draft for our needs, and perfect for the year we have the most picks, and money. As you know, in hindsight, the best receivers/TEs usually come out of the late first, or 2nd rounds. You just need to hit on the right one. I'd love to create a super unit there.  

harvlis
harvlis

I am hoping that Dee turns into a great player but, I don't agree that he is quite out of the woods, yet.  He had the opportunity to defend a great deal of passes, because every single team that we played was targeting him.  I would agree that he looked better, in those last two games, than he had for the rest of the season but, it was not like he was shutting the other team down.  If a CB makes an interception, it does not mean you forget about everything else that transpired.  Maybe, his shoulder had something to do with it but, his tackling skills are non-existent.  Like I said, I hope Milliner turns into a monster but, at this point, I wouldn't erect a statue.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Nice to see him overcome confidence issues and utilize techniques insisted upon and  prevail!

Good morale for the off-season is a good feeling and great motivator.

jaym
jaym

@Revis24: I'm excited about the future for the Buccaneers. Heard some great things about Lovie Smith & can't wait to finally meet him.

SackDance99
SackDance99

Milliner, like Geno, fought through adversity and ended the season strong.  Sure, great play from game 1 would be better, but unrealistic.  I have hope that both with a solid off-season of hard work and a full complement of OTAs, training camp and pre-season will make the leap to year 2.  Winters, unlike the other 2, has to show that he has the physical strength to be a bona fide NFL OG.  Hopefully he'll have very heavy competition in camp.

idothis2
idothis2

PFF graded Milliner a +8.6 over the final quarter of the season. Considering how lost he looked in the beginning he demonstrated positive consistency toward the end reacting quicker. I realized around week 16 that i stopped expecting completions on balls thrown in his direction.

jaygo
jaygo

Milliner was all world in high school, recruited heavily and chose Nick Saban's Alabama.  Alabama's #1 rated recruit in 2010.  Played in all 13 Alabama games as a freshman gets named to the Freshman All-American team. Starts all games and graduates as a first team all american. Consensus top ten first round pick.  No CB goes top 10 in almost 20 years. He does.  Has surgery March of 12.  Misses a good part of camp.  Forced to learn on the job.  Sink or swim.  Swallows water.  Gags.  Adapts. Finishes season Defensive Player of the Month.


The kid has been a star at every level and one of the best CB prospects in years.  Y'all want him to be perfect even though the Jeters of the world hit .300.  It doesn't get any more blue chip than this.  Rome wasn't built in a day.  This guy likely to be a star as he matures.  Pedigree is there.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

Milliner definitely improved and played great in December, and this has less to do with him than Lange's comment -- isn't passes defended one of those stats that doesn't exactly tell the whole story if not used in context of times targeted? I mean, Mike Piazza led the league in throwing out base stealers in 1993 with 59.... but he also allowed the most stolen bases.

greggreen
greggreen

OT: but with the colon injury and his age into consideration i really hope we bring back vlad. but i doubt it will happen

Marvel
Marvel

Are there better free agent CB options than cro in free agency?


would Talib, Grimes etc be an upgrade ?  and at what price.



..oh congrats To  Mill... he still needs tons of work tho..



jdb7
jdb7

I said people needed to be patient with Milliner.  Way too many Jets fans want to jump ship on a draft pick if he doesn't dominate by week 6.


I'm saying the same thing on Hill.

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@harvlis They were targeting him because he was covering the other teams #1s, who were pretty damn good WRs. It was the last 4 weeks, not 2, and he graded out really well in each of those games. He was always a great tackler in college, so I wouldn't be too worried about that. In fact he graded out as 19th in the league from PFF against the run for the year, and had 53 tackles. That's even more impressive if his tackling skills are non existent. Imagine how good he'll be if they teach him how.

kniff
kniff

@Brendan Yeah bro you urged patience all season long with Milliner...kudos!! Every draft pick deserves a second season...and I am feeling great about Milliner now just going into his second year.


I am also wiiling to give Hill a third year to prove himself...but thats it!!

Pat d
Pat d

Milliner ended strong yes. Geno not so much. Geno underthrows and over throws open receivers. Also continues to throw balls that look like a duck in the wind. I'm not saying he is a bust. In fact a good 2nd round pick.

juunit
juunit

@SackDance99 

Fine, but it better not be a draft pick. If we draft another guard I'm going to kick Idzik in the nuts. I guess I could live with a late rounder, but that wouldn't be very heavy competition. 

a57se
a57se

@jaygo 

Joe Haden CB 7th in 2010

Patrick Peterson CB 5th in 2011.....

and that is off the top of my head....

JETS_
JETS_

@jaygoYou couldnt have said it better.   He finished strong and that is what is important.

He also did flash some signs early, but it was overshadowed to him just being a rookie.


I think he has a big jump in year two.  


__fense
__fense

@Marvel It all depends on how Healthy Cro was this past season and how healthy he will be this season. If his down year was due to injury, and he'll heal 100% over the offseason, Cro's one of the best corners in the league. If he was healthy all year, or he wasn't but his injury isn't going to heal, then he's not. 

greggreen
greggreen

@Marvel verner talib and shields seems to be the big names. a assume the best price is top corner non revis money so 11 mill a year

ww85
ww85

@jdb7 even if Hill gets better in 2014, we really need an experienced receiver for Geno. The difference between an Eric Decker vs Hill would be enormous. Our offense would be so much more potent with 2 more true pass catchers on the team. I think Hill has to go, even though I do think he will get better.

BDarc23
BDarc23

I don't t think Hill is going to be starting anymore so he will have a hard time turning around his "bust" perception

Brendan
Brendan

@kniff Even when I was coming up with colorful ways to make fun of Brian Winters, I was acknowledging people's points (mostly Sackdance) that it's still too early to write even him off. 


Jets fans are unreasonably fickle and impatient, it's one of my biggest issues with them, and calling a top-10 pick a bust a few weeks into the season is just embarrassing. 

jaygo
jaygo

@a57se You are right.  Should have said first Alabama CB in 20 years.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se I think Mo Claiborne went up there, too. And Cowboys fans aren't too happy with him.


Edit: Yeah, 6th overall in 2012.

Brendan
Brendan

@ww85 Decker is going to look for top dawg money, pass. 


I would much rather pay a guy like Boldin to come in and be the consistent, steady influence that the group needs. Decker was very hot-and-cold in his time in Denver the past two years, and that's with the best QB ever zipping him bb's. 

Vincent Winner
Vincent Winner

@BDarc23 I agree that Hill will probably be relegated to the 4th WR spot at this point (with #1 someone we bring in FA, #2 Kerley, #3 Nelson).  Still, if I he develops he could earn more playing time.  We'll have to wait and see.

jdb7
jdb7

@BDarc23 Key words being "you don't think."   It's just a situation we have to wait an see. 

ww85
ww85

@a57se You have to be legally brain dead to get a 4.

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong@a57se 

Claiborne got a 4 on the Wonderlic and ended up going 6 to Dallas...before the draft he was considered a top 6 pick.

Gilmore was drafted no. 10 by Buffalo in 2012

ww85
ww85

So the 49ers are trading Crabtree?

ww85
ww85

I think he wanted out of Tanny's house.

Brendan
Brendan

@ww85 I don't really think he's done. My whole stance at the time was that he isn't a starter-level player (which was proven true, I would say), and he had asked the team for his release. I think when someone who has poured it out for your franchise like that asks to find a new home, it's the right thing to honor that request. 


For whatever reason, he wanted out, so I don't think he'll be back. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Interesting. I was just assuming that since Crabtree was a former top-10 pick and younger that they would try to keep him. I love Boldin, if he ended up on the Team Who Shall Not Be Named I would be devastated. 

ww85
ww85

@Bent @Brendan Cotchery will be a FA & had a very nice year as well & is younger than Boldin. I know you think he's done, Brendan, but with Tanny gone, he'd also be a nice stable presence for Geno.

Bent
Bent

@Brendan @ww85 FWIW my Niners source reckons Crabtree is a goner.  Boldin has been absolutely awesome for them this year.  It's scary to think where he might end up if he does leave the Niners...

Brendan
Brendan

@ww85 From the figures I found, they have just over $5m in cap space entering next year. I don't have time to look at the likely cuts and all that, but money could be tight for them. Maybe they let Boldin walk with a fully healthy Crabtree for the entire year. 

ww85
ww85

@Brendan I think Boldin would be a terrific pickup as well: 1 year rental. I'd take Decker if he's not as expensive as you think, But if he is a fortune, I'd pass as well. I just cant imagine SF letting Boldin go for minimal $ or him wanting to leave a good situation.

a57se
a57se

@jdb7@BDarc23 

Especially since Hill never lost his starting position and the Jets kept pushing him out there even though he was having issues with his knees.