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Thurman: ‘Sky’s the limit’ for Milliner

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman has high hopes for Dee Milliner.

“We’re hoping that Dee picks up where he left off,” Thurman said on a conference call on Tuesday. “If he does, sky’s the limit.”

Milliner, in his rookie season, played in 12 games, with three interceptions. He also had 45 tackles.

“We believe in him,” Thurman said.

Thurman also said that he is comfortable with the team’s cornerback position, but he said they’ll find out if they upgraded in the future.

“We have guys that can play,” he said.




24 comments
Juan Montalvo
Juan Montalvo

Now I'm absolutely sure the Jets will take Dennard in the 1st rd if he's there,because CB is the key to their D,and two shut-down corners will give the DL the time they need to deliver "Chaos". All we need is a good FS to make sure to keep Brady on the bench.

machoking
machoking

I predict that Milliner will be much more impressive this year.  When you really look at it, his rookies season was not that bad.  I think what scared everyone was the first few games where he seemed as lost as Vernon Gholston.  However, he rebounded nicely and might very well be the player that he was projected to be. 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

Whenever I see a position coach make a public statement like this, I don't know if I should be pleased or worried. He either means what he says or he's trying desperately to push some buttons....

D'Apostraphe Lewis
D'Apostraphe Lewis

While we were all clamoring for the Jets to sign a CB1, I began thinking to myself -- is it so crazy to consider that Idzik and company may  believe that Milliner is ready to become our top corner? Risky, yes, but the way they slow-played free agency seems to suggest just that. 

Bent
Bent moderator

Mornhinweg also spoke to the media today (as did McGaughey).


More on that to follow on TJB.

Bent
Bent moderator

DT also said that Allen will compete for a starting role with Bush and Jarrett.  I smell smoke.

williamg1
williamg1

He'll be a Pro Bowler in two years. 

machoking
machoking

@Jeff E. Guy  When you see it happening now, it's all fluff to try and motivate..... when you see it happening after he gets smoked in pre-season.... get worried. 

Andrew Nestico
Andrew Nestico

I hear what you're saying but I'm starting to believe that Idzik will "slow play" free agency regardless of position. I think they are going to be very deliberate w everyone. Every FA has a value they are tagged w and years willing to be offered and if they can get the player for that value/years great. If not they move on. I think they would rather play w/out a bonified no.1 at a position for a year than get into a contract that limits, hurts, impedes them from executing their long term plan.

Bernie Lyons
Bernie Lyons

@Andrew Nestico  Agreed.  My nickname for Idzik is Tortuga


Remember the scene from Breaking Bad?:

"Tortuga means turtle, and that's me. I take my time but I always win."―Tortuga talking with Hank Schrader

Cordell C
Cordell C

@andrew I don't see it that way if we make the playoffs and are a piece away from Super Bowl contention then I believe they will do what they need to do to get that piece they are still trying to build this team

Kristen Finn Nestico
Kristen Finn Nestico

@ Bernie Lyons Great reference. Great show. But don't get me wrong. I like this approach. Spend your time making a plan and then work that plan. Don't get worked by the market. Don't act, or worse overreact to the swings of free agency because you know your plan will bring sustained success. Now let's just hope Idzik has a plan he (and we) should be that confident in.

downfield
downfield

@Cordell C @Andrew Nestico Also. I think next year we'll be able to make a fairer assessment on the way Idzik will operate in free agency going forward. This years class was a modest class at best. Lot of veterans getting bloated contracts. Next year there's a lot of difference making talent, youthful talent at position.