Even without a surplus of offensive weapons, the New England Patriots‘ offense is extremely scary when it comes to formulating a game plan against the NFL‘s toughest defenses. With that being said, Tom Brady and his depleted wide receiver core should definitely take advantage of a rather inexperienced Jets’ secondary.
The New York Jets took a big of a risk in this April’s NFL draft as they decided to use both of their first-round picks on the defensive side of the ball. Dee Milliner was the prized defensive back heading into the draft, and the Jets felt comfortable enough to use their ninth-overall pick on the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout. While Milliner has all of the intangibles to be a top NFL cover corner — 4.31 forty-yard dash time — he has been criticized in the previous weeks for not challenging opposing wide receivers the way New York would like him too.
Milliner’s NFL regular season debut came on Sunday, and it was a game that most Jets’ fans weren’t too happy about. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers targeted the rookie cornerback nine times in coverage and were rather successful when doing so — Milliner allowed nine receptions for 65 yards and was torched by Mike Williams for the Bucs’ lone passing touchdown.
It’s safe to say that Brady has crunched the tape and will be looking Milliner’s way a ton in Thursday night’s game. While Julian Edelman looks to be the Pats’ most explosive wide receiver, it could be more of a group effort for New England as they look to embarrass the Jets’ rookie defensive back.