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Jets will start Milliner again this week, and he might finish

Mike Wallace, Dee Milliner AP

The up-and-down (largely down) rookie season of Jets cornerback Dee Milliner took another turn last week, when he was benched after missing a tackle on Mike Wallace that turned into a touchdown.

That raised the question of whether he’d start this week against the Bills.

“Yep,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.

But will he finish?

We’ll see,” Thurman replied.

“You take away that one play in the game, and he actually played a really good game. But you can’t take that one play away,” Thurman said. “And it affects his overall performance. And it affects the overall perception of him. But really, he was playing well. He had pass breakups, he actually was tackling pretty well and he misses that one tackle and it goes for a touchdown.”

The ninth overall pick in the draft has been a disappointment this year, benched three times, and missing three games because of injury.

“At that point, you’re looking for the reaction of the player,” Thurman said of last week’s benching. “And there’s times where you look at him, you look in his eyes, you say, ‘You know what this is not a good look.’ And you say ‘Let’s make the move.’ ”

The Jets need to play whatever mind games are necessary, to try to push him to a performance they think he’s capable of delivering on a more consistent basis.

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18 Responses to “Jets will start Milliner again this week, and he might finish”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Dec 6, 2013 8:16 AM

    Remember Jet fans on draft day saying that with Milliner, Revis wouldn’t even be missed.

    Now the only thing missing are the tackles in the open field by Milliner. OK, he’s not the worse DB in the NFL but most weren’t taken in the top 10 draft spots.

  2. unkrautsalat says: Dec 6, 2013 8:21 AM

    Rookie Cornerbacks have often struggled, but damn, he really holds this defense back. Not that it matters right now with that joke of an offense, but still.

  3. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 6, 2013 8:22 AM

    Maybe he needed a hug. Did you guys even try cuddling?

  4. FinFan68 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:23 AM

    Wasn’t Milliner tagged as the best CB in the draft? Why is he taking so long to make an impact? Injuries?

  5. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Dec 6, 2013 8:24 AM

    “You take away that one play in the game, and he actually played a really good game.”

    No. Hartline abused him.

  6. maddbassist420365247187 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:27 AM

    Are the Jets playing the Bills this weekend??? Thought Oakland was headed East…..better check my schedule.

  7. hereit1st says: Dec 6, 2013 8:30 AM

    Raiders we play the raiders not the bills

  8. henryjones20 says: Dec 6, 2013 8:36 AM

    this is gonna be a difficult sunday for the bills.we play tampa at 1pm and now I hear we gotta play the jets also? dbl header I assume.

  9. tinsk says: Dec 6, 2013 8:44 AM

    This week against the Raiders

  10. oaklegend says: Dec 6, 2013 8:45 AM

    That will truly be amazing if he starts against the Bills.

  11. ryann252013 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:07 AM

    I agree with that statement about him playing a good game minus that one play.

    He is obviously improving because he played well vs the saints to.. But can we let him improve on the bench please? I wanna see if Walls and Wilson can make a difference.

    Wilson seemed improved in the first Buffalo game but he never played another game..Rex Ryan logic.

  12. pbastille says: Dec 6, 2013 9:36 AM

    He needs Ed Reed to teach him how to tackle. Oh, wait….

  13. cwk22 says: Dec 6, 2013 9:42 AM

    The worse he plays, the more likely Rex will play them.

  14. raiderspy1 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:17 AM

    Now we know the problem with the Jets, they are studying for the wrong team. I can fix this easily, just get the right schedule and check the date. The Jets are getting Millner confused because he studies all week to cover someone and then spends half the game looking for him. Its sad. Just remember it will be December 8, 2013 and your playing the Raiders, they are wearing silver and black.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    Milliner is terrible. Waste of a high pick and the rest of the league is laughing at the Jets that they though this guy would be even an adequate replacement for Revis.

    I don’t think they were wrong to release Revis the money he wanted was insanity to pay a corner, especially given how much wasted cap space the Jets have with Sanchez and a couple others.

    But ouch, putting this guy on the field is like guaranteeing a great day for whoever he’s covering.

  16. weepingjebus says: Dec 6, 2013 11:11 AM

    “And there’s times where you look at him, you look in his eyes, you say, ‘You know what this is not a good look.’

    I don’t even know what this means. Was he crying? This needs way more explanation.

  17. surfinbird1 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:43 PM

    Not to worry. Remember Rex predicted he’d be the best corner in the league by the end of the year and it’s not like Rex to be wrong on a prediction.

  18. pisano says: Dec 7, 2013 9:25 AM

    He’s not the only one on that team that can’t cover a WR, it’s an epidemic with their safeties and corner backs. As a matter of fact, that whole team stinks.

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