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Jets CB upbeat about his and Jets play in 2014

Pro days are a good chance for prospects to make their mark for NFL scouts, but it also provides a chance for former players to come back and support their former teammates.  A number of Alabama players showed up for the Crimson Tide’s pro day and Jet Dee Milliner was among them.

Milliner was asked about his transition to the NFL during an interview with TideTV and was honest, but upbeat.

“It started out rough last year, but we ended on a good note,” Milliner said during the interview.  “We didn’t make the playoffs, but hopefully we’ll get there this year.”

When asked about the bright lights, Milliner said his time at one of the nation’s most renowned programs prepared him well for his time in New York.

“It was sorta the same as when I was in school at Alabama,” Milliner said. “You just have to watch what you do and pay attention to things. But have fun at the same time, enjoy yourself. It’s New York City, so you know you’re going to be able to see a lot of people and do a lot of things.”

While there are some similarities, Milliner did joke about one big difference.

“The cold weather gets to me every now and then.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The cold weather didn’t seem to make an impact on his play … quite the opposite.  Over the last month of the season Milliner was scorchingly good.  Milliner had three interceptions and 56 tackles as a rookie with the Jets and put up 10 passes defensed in a three week span.

The way Milliner ended the season is a good sign for a team moving on from both Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at the position in a two year span.  While there is still uncertainty about the second corner back spot, the Jets should be able to back-fill the role either through the NFL Draft or through the competition they’ve set up for the spot on their roster.


In addition, Milliner was just the subject of a positive 2014 projection by draft guru Gil Brandt. (TJB, April 10)




21 comments
Simon Gribben
Simon Gribben

Milliner does this flashy arm signal like a ref calling "no catch" after a "pass defensed" .  It's a cute gesture but could be construed as "taunting" and cost a penalty and loss of a great defensive play.  He's cool and must learn to "walk away" like a great play by him is "old news", thank God via Idzik.

jsnooka
jsnooka

put Wilkerson on one side and boss hog on the other. Secondary problems solved

jsnooka
jsnooka

I like mills I truly do however I hope he has been hitting the weight room. Last year I can remember seeing him get manhandled by his man on several occasions. This year he needs to be much more aggressive especially inside the allowed five yards range

levi
levi

Milliner and Dennard will be the new dynamic duo.

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

I get more and more excited each day about this team and the direction it is headed. 

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

I have a good feeling about Milliner. I don't think he will ever be Revis but I don't think anyone will. 10 passes defensed in 3 games is very impressive. I hope he stays healthy in '14 and we should see a more consistent, improved player.

Angelo Gonzalez
Angelo Gonzalez

@Simon Gribben i think screaming omaha a dozen times before the snap should be called taunting if ppl gnna give the kid slack over being excited after making a gr8 def play.

levi
levi

@Simon Gribben  I hadnt noticed he had "a move" I think its a good thing though. He's still young and showing emotion when he makes a good play is just building confidence. I guess he's a shy guy too so maybe he comes out of his shell a bit on the field.

bradysucks
bradysucks

You don't need 2 pro bowl caliber 1st round cornerbacks to compete in the NFL unless your offense sucks....oh wait

(Rolls eyes)

ODB or Lee is what I want

Corners are overrated when you have a dominant d-line like the Jets

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Well with Richardson, Coples and Harrison hopefully taking the next step. Add in more experience for Mo. It should really help out the secondary.

williamg1
williamg1

@bradysucks  This place will explode if we use our 1st pick on a corner -- especially when there were so many quality (and affordable) corners in FA. 

levi
levi

@williamg1  Thats a bold statement. You realize Revis is possibly the best defensive player the Jets have ever had right? I think it was his 2010 season where he just shut out some ridiculously good WR's.

bradysucks
bradysucks

It wouldn't surprise me if the Jets take a CB in round 1. Then the Jets will play the Patriots and Revis will make Decker invisible and everybody will complain we don't have any receivers who can take over a game after we don't score any points...

Same nonsense every year

jmzatty
jmzatty

Revis didnt have an off season as a rookie either due to his holdout.

williamg1
williamg1

@levi @williamg1  Milliner's final 4 games were better than anything we saw from Revis as a rookie. Add in the fact that milliner had no real offseason training. The kid's a stud.