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Rex Ryan: Dee Milliner will be best rookie corner before season is over

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When the Jets selected cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth overall pick of the 2013 Draft, the expectation was that he would be the best rookie cornerback in the league at the very least.

Through half a season, the very least has been a pretty good title for a book about Milliner’s accomplishments. He’s been benched twice, missed games with injuries and has generally looked like a player with his head underwater. He was strafed by the Bengals last weekend before getting pulled from the game, but Milliner’s coach believes that the second half will play out very differently.

“I will say this, by the time this season’s over, I think he will be the best rookie corner and playing better than any rookie corner in this year’s draft,” Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.”

Ryan also said that he feels confidence is crucial for cornerbacks, which makes it easy to understand why he’d say that about a player he’s found it necessary to bench for both physical and mental errors so far this season. We’ll see how that plays out in this week’s game against the Saints, because it’s a pretty good bet that Drew Brees has noticed Milliner’s foibles on tape and will be trying to exploit them should the rookie find his way on the field this Sunday.

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20 Responses to “Rex Ryan: Dee Milliner will be best rookie corner before season is over”
  1. dodohead418 says: Oct 31, 2013 7:23 AM

    Yet another baseless claim by Rex Ryan!

  2. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 31, 2013 7:30 AM

    Six Ring Nation gives itself a pat on the back.

    Well done.

  3. lolo376 says: Oct 31, 2013 7:39 AM

    Rex forgot to guarantee that he’ll be the best corner lol

  4. taskforcefreddy says: Oct 31, 2013 7:41 AM

    Rex apparently hasn’t seen the talents of Micah Hyde who doesn’t need the rest of the season to show what a steal he was in last year’s draft.

  5. ryann252013 says: Oct 31, 2013 7:45 AM

    This might be exactly what Milliner needs, a shot in the arm of some confidence. Good job by Rex for supporting a struggling rookie corner.

    I may also add that Milliner has no safety help over the top, Dawan Landry has showed up for maybe only one game this year and that was against Tampa.

  6. nickbrezzy says: Oct 31, 2013 7:50 AM

    And people got mad at Rex for benching him when they played the pats I doubt he’s gonna play much on Sunday I think wells is going to start

  7. honkeyt says: Oct 31, 2013 7:54 AM

    DJ Hayden.

  8. ccjcsr says: Oct 31, 2013 7:54 AM

    Terrance Williams is the Best Rookie hands down!

  9. stoogy says: Oct 31, 2013 8:01 AM

    D.J. Heyden is the best corner out the draft. More physical and a better cover corner then Millner from start of season till end and will continue to be so till the end of season through out his whole carreer.

  10. kenstabler says: Oct 31, 2013 8:36 AM

    D.J. Hayden looks like the much better pick then Milliner. Teams are not even targeting Hayden anymore like they are Milliner. He might just be a bust, admit it.

    More hot air from the Rex Ryan balloon.

  11. crazycane says: Oct 31, 2013 8:46 AM

    Don’t you have to be on the field for that?

  12. alldayvikes says: Oct 31, 2013 9:00 AM

    Xavier Rhodes has been the best rookie corner, even though the Vikes refuse to play him unless they’re in nickel…. Even though he’s their best corner…. By far

  13. kcsam76 says: Oct 31, 2013 9:24 AM

    DJ Hayden is the best rookie corner from this year’s draft. He’s only going to get better as the season progresses and sees more reps. And then next year with a full training camp (he missed all of this years due to his scar tissue surgery) should make him that much better.

  14. smackingfools says: Oct 31, 2013 11:01 AM

    If Rex said it you can take it to the bank.

  15. rcali says: Oct 31, 2013 11:27 AM

    Maybe in the CFL or Arena League.

  16. lrjets says: Oct 31, 2013 3:56 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Oct 31, 2013 7:30 AM
    Six Ring Nation gives itself a pat on the back.

    Well done.
    _______________________

    You can see the pat on the History Channel.

  17. lrjets says: Oct 31, 2013 3:58 PM

    kenstabler says:
    Oct 31, 2013 8:36 AM
    D.J. Hayden looks like the much better pick then Milliner. Teams are not even targeting Hayden anymore like they are Milliner. He might just be a bust, admit it.

    More hot air from the Rex Ryan balloon.
    ______________________________

    Uh oh, Jets are in trouble. Reduced to getting criticized by a Raiders fan!

  18. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 31, 2013 6:28 PM

    Idk if a rookie corner not playing well 8 games into the season necessitates bust status, but it’s clear DJ Hayden is the better corner right now.

  19. winorlose6burgh says: Oct 31, 2013 8:33 PM

    Lol Rex just give it up already

  20. faulkana says: Nov 1, 2013 4:54 PM

    Logan Ryan!

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