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Dee Milliner Must Play Well Against New England Patriots

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Mark L. Baer

Coming back from a hamstring injury is tougher than it looks, but for Dee Milliner, he can’t show that.

Milliner is coming back from an hamstring that has kept him out for a few weeks, and as a result, Kyle Wilson and Darren Walls have had to play expanded rolls. Walls is not the ideal No. 2 corner, and the way Wilson has been acting and playing lately, I am not sure if he is the ideal No. 2, either.

Drafting Milliner, an Alabama product in this past NFL Draft, it was well known that they wanted him to assume the role of second starting corner spot, and quick. Milliner, to be fair, has had some good moments, and bad moments, including a second-half benching in a 13-10 loss against the New England Patriots. Milliner makes his return against the Patriots ironically this Sunday, and there is good reason for him to perform well.

The secondary has been the weakest link on the defense, and much of it has been due to the corner back play. In addition to Walls and Wilson, Antonio Cromartie hasn’t been pulling his weight either, and he knows that. Milliner has a great chance to come back, and show that he is worthy of the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Especially since Rob Gronkowski is coming back, Tom Brady is going to look to air the ball out against this suspect secondary. Milliner can silence his critiques, and halt Brady’s play with a great game this Sunday.

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