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Dee Milliner hears some criticism for Saturday night’s performance

Dee Milliner, Matt Willis AP

The Jets have one competition keeping them busy enough this summer, so they cut another one short and made ninth overall pick Dee Milliner the starting cornerback without much of a battle.

If there were a competition, Saturday night’s performance against the Jaguars would have been a plus for the other guy. Milliner had a rough time of it while covering Justin Blackmon and Blaine Gabbert threw his way often during a pair of scoring drives in the first quarter. Watching the game, it appeared that Milliner was giving receivers too much of a cushion in man coverage and coach Rex Ryan confirmed that he didn’t like the rookie’s approach against the Jags.

“I didn’t like the way we competed and challenged on the outside — not so much [Antonio] Cromartie, but from Dee,” Ryan said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “When we call on him, I want him to get up there. Let’s go. Let’s play.”

Cromartie echoed the coach’s sentiments by focusing on the tests coming up for Milliner as a starting cornerback.

“For him it’s a learning experience,” Cromartie said. “For this game, it’s the second preseason game for him and we expect more from him than we saw tonight. That’s something that he needs to learn from and he has to come out with a great attitude and get ready for the next week when we get ready to play guys like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. When we come to Week One, we have to play two of the best receivers in the NFL with Vincent Jackson and also Mike Williams.”

The Jets have been wise to run away from comparisons between Milliner and Darrelle Revis because there’s very little chance that Milliner comes out looking good in comparisons to one of the best corners in recent history. Those comparisons will still get made, but all that matters for the Jets is that Milliner’s capable of handling a starting job now and shows signs of that he can be more than capable as his career progresses. Being better against the Giants than he was against the Jaguars would work on both counts.

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26 Responses to “Dee Milliner hears some criticism for Saturday night’s performance”
  1. z561 says: Aug 18, 2013 5:51 PM

    Blackmon beat him like a drum. For a second it looked like Milliner was the lazy drunk.

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 18, 2013 5:57 PM

    This scrub wouldn’t even make Seattle’s active roster.

  3. rt61 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:06 PM

    I don’t like the way Rex talks about his players to the media and I don’t think it’s the most effective way to motivate.

  4. hartdaddy says: Aug 18, 2013 6:06 PM

    Rex picking on another rookie… Meanwhile his starting QB still can’t hit a wide open WR in the back of the endzone or manage the clock properly. Never held accountable.

  5. arlingtonsynn says: Aug 18, 2013 6:07 PM

    [i]aaroncurryisbust says:

    Aug 18, 2013 5:57 PM
    This scrub wouldn’t even make Seattle’s active roster.[/i]

    Yeah, but he can always start taking the PEDs when he gets there.

  6. mackcarrington says: Aug 18, 2013 6:15 PM

    It’s interesting that Cromartie articulated the criticism of Milliner the way that the head coach should have. Ryan just lays guys right out in front of the bus to the media.

  7. micknangold says: Aug 18, 2013 6:38 PM

    Still just his second game. I think he’ll improve as he goes along. Sure you’d like to see him adjust to the NFL right away but a lot of corners take time to develop. It’s an extremely difficult position to play, arguably the most difficult.

  8. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 18, 2013 6:40 PM

    One thing obvious during last 45 years…the jets do not draft well.

    Actually they don’t play or coach well either.

    Happy 45th anniversary jet fans

  9. vuudu says: Aug 18, 2013 7:03 PM

    What a stupid stupid team. How does a coach talk like this? How do you develop young players this way?

  10. lrjets says: Aug 18, 2013 7:06 PM

    aaroncurryisbust says:Aug 18, 2013 5:57 PM

    This scrub wouldn’t even make Seattle’s active roster.
    ______________________________

    This is his 2nd game ever in the NFL. You critics who think you are G.M.s, couldn’t clean a toilet in an NFL office.

  11. phillipalpha says: Aug 18, 2013 7:08 PM

    Embarrasing coaching, To expect any player to jump right in and shut down opponents in their 2nd pre-season game, with almost no contact allowed in practice…

    It’s obvious that Rexy expects Revis 2.0 and he thinks calling Dee out in public achieves that, can’t wait till he gets fired.

  12. deathonwings410 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:17 PM

    Wow, Cromartie is more professional than Loud Mouth

  13. thejuddstir says: Aug 18, 2013 7:44 PM

    I thought for sure Rexy would tell reporters that “he didn’t see any of the plays by Milliner because he was busy dealing with the offense”

  14. rcali says: Aug 18, 2013 7:58 PM

    Rex, care to talk about how ill-prepared this team is against the hurry-up offense? Maybe Mr. Defense needs to look in the mirror.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:19 PM

    Ahhhhhh, what no “Millner Island”?

  16. kd75 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:22 PM

    It did take Revis two seasons to build his Island…

  17. deacon85 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    “…made ninth overall pick Dee Milliner the starting cornerback without much of a battle.” Meanwhile, in Foxboro, the Patriots are starting an undrafted free agent wide receiver (Kenbrell Thompkins) over 2nd and 4th round draft choices. That says a lot about why the Jets languish in mediocrity in while the Patriots consistently make the playoffs.

  18. wolfman55h says: Aug 18, 2013 8:29 PM

    With the exception of Julio jones alabama players haven’t done much in nfl. Ingram in New Orleans is a dog and you don’t see much else making it big out of Tuscaloosa. I think leaving the Bama football machine to come to the NFL creates a drop in intensity that these players don’t adjust well to. They probably made more money playing at Bama as well.

  19. floridafootballologist says: Aug 18, 2013 9:05 PM

    “What a stupid stupid team. How does a coach talk like this? How do you develop young players this way?”
    ———–
    Dude. Haven’t you heard? Every player wants to come play for Rexy. Just ask any jests fan.

  20. raiderapologist says: Aug 18, 2013 9:05 PM

    Kyle Wilson was a 1st round pick in 2010. Maybe Rex should be calling him out in public instead of the rookie.

  21. mackcarrington says: Aug 18, 2013 9:05 PM

    @wolfman55h: If you think that Julio Jones & Mark Ingram are the only Alabama players to have played in the NFL, you cant possibly have any credibility at all as a “knowledgeable” football fan.
    Shaking… My… Head…!!!!
    I could give you a list of dozens of Alabama players who had great NFL careers, some who are even in the HOF, but it would probably be deleted.

  22. slickdadick11 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:00 AM

    I’m tell’n y’all , dat dude is a BUM!!! They should’da grab Hayden, a true BALLHAWK!!!! Anotha season da jets R fall’n out da sky. Lmao

  23. justanotherdummy says: Aug 19, 2013 8:13 AM

    This quote is just one more example of the failure that is Rex Ryan as a head coach. The kid hasn’t played a regular season game yet, and Rex is busting his nuts in a public forum. He couldn’t give Milliner an ounce of cover?Could not have his back and try to shield him a bit while he is learning the NFL game and help him out? Nope, just like his daddy, all mouth. Very good defensive coach, but just doesn’t have the smarts or skills to run a whole team. The Jets don’t have a prayer until he is sent packing.

  24. pftfan says: Aug 19, 2013 9:12 AM

    deacon85 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:28 PM

    “…made ninth overall pick Dee Milliner the starting cornerback without much of a battle.” Meanwhile, in Foxboro, the Patriots are starting an undrafted free agent wide receiver (Kenbrell Thompkins) over 2nd and 4th round draft choices. That says a lot about why the Jets languish in mediocrity in while the Patriots consistently make the playoffs.

    ———————-

    All that says to me is that the Patriots wasted their “2nd and 4th round draft choices”.

  25. lrjets says: Aug 19, 2013 5:51 PM

    Gotta love how these Jets haters are all experts in mid-August.

    Let me try….I say 99% of you will be in your basements watching the playoffs in January, and your team will not be involved.

    If you really were knowledgeable and objective, you wouldn’t be a troll.

  26. lrjets says: Aug 20, 2013 4:34 PM

    slickdadick11 says:Aug 19, 2013 1:00 AM

    I’m tell’n y’all , dat dude is a BUM!!! They should’da grab Hayden, a true BALLHAWK!!!! Anotha season da jets R fall’n out da sky. Lmao
    ____________________________

    They walk amongst us.

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