What is Dee Milliner’s Future?

The Jets secondary has been very much improved this off season thanks to New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan. Maccagnan started off by bringing back two familiar faces, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie who were teammates on the Jets from 2010 to 2012. The Jets also signed another cornerback Buster Skrine from the Cleveland Browns in the offseason. With the Jets secondary improved with (Batman & Robin) aka Revis & Cromartie and the addition of Skrines, the question remains what will the Jets do with their other star corner back Dee Milliner?

Milliner was the Jets ninth overall pick from the 2013 NFL Draft. In his rookie season Milliner had a rough start to his NFL career. He was benched three times during the season and wasn’t playing like the guy the Jets thought he would be when they drafted him. Milliner did end the year on a positive note however by collecting three interceptions in the Jets final two games of the season. Milliner was named Defensive Rookie of the Month for his strong performance in the Jets’ final two games that year.

The Alabama product went into the 2014 season as the team’s number one starting cornerback. However Milliner didn’t get to live up to his expectations because in  a Week 6 match up against the Denver Broncos he suffered an achilles injury and was out for the remainder of the season.

(09-08-13)   Dee Milliner during the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.                Photo by Joseph E. Amaturo
(09-08-13) Dee Milliner during the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. Photo by Joseph E. Amaturo

Milliner’s first two years with the Jets have been disappointing for two reasons, his play on the field hasn’t been good and he hasn’t been able to stay healthy on the field. To most Jets fans they consider Milliner to be a bust.

The Jets don’t look like they are ready to give up on Dee Milliner just yet. Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles has said that Milliner will have to earn a roster spot just like everybody else. This could be a tough test for Milliner especially coming his Achilles injury. With the additions of Revis, Cromartie and Skrine, Milliner likely will not be a starting cornerback for the Jets this season.

The Jets also have Dexter McDougle who is coming off an injury himself, a torn ACL from last year. Darrin Walls and Marcus Williams are all competing for a roster spot. Milliner must prove he can stay healthy and have a really good camp in order to remain on the team. The Jets have considered trading or even cutting Milliner if it doesn’t go well. Training  camp could be Milliner’s last shot to prove he can still be an elite corner back in the NFL.


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