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Rookie Watch: Dee Milliner
Posted By Matt Brody On Jul 24 2013 @ 12:30 pm In New York Jets | No Comments
When the New York Jets traded All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis they knew it would be tough to fill the hole. Wasting no time they used their first draft pick to select Dee Milliner ninth overall.
The University of Alabama product is a big, physical cornerback. At 6’0″, 201 pounds he possesses ideal size. Add his quick feet to the mix and the Jets have a player they should be very excited about.
During his time at Alabama he was part of a star-studded defense so he didn’t receive a great deal of attention. His junior season was when the corner was recognized for his accomplishments by being named an All-American en route to winning a second straight BCS championship.
Milliner has played in big games before and being in New York the spotlight is sure to be on him. What Jets’ fans and the organization need to realize though is that he is a rookie and cannot be expected to do what Revis did the past six years, at least not yet.
They still have Antonio Cromartie, who did a solid job of filling in for Revis last season as the No. 1 cornerback and as of right now that job is his.
Milliner will compete with Kyle Wilson for the spot opposite Cromartie. Whoever wins the No. 2 job will have their work cut out for them as quarterbacks tend to throw in the opposite direction of the No. 1 corner. The rookie has the size and speed advantage over the third-year veteran, but regardless of who is named the starter they both will see their share of snaps.
This position battle is going to be closely watched by head coach Rex Ryan and the rest of his staff. Milliner has the skills to play in the NFL. Now he has to prove he can compete with the best of the best.
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